Following the successful and significant Global Māori Trade Strategy hui held at Parliament last month, Te Taumata has continued to progress on the important kaupapa and wero (challenges and opportunities), ‘kei mua i ā tātou’ that were raised at the hui.
These include fundamental elements that are key to realising the full potential of Māori in global trade, such as:
- investing in research and development,
- protecting Māori intellectual property,
- nurturing rangatahi and
- authentically embedding Māori culture in premium export good.
Since then, Te Taumata has been in discussions with Callaghan Innovation about a potential MOU partnership, acknowledging the fundamental role technology and innovation has to play in Māori development and outcomes in trade. Te Taumata is confident Callaghan will be a great partner to progress this kaupapa with.
In addition, the European Union Ambassador to New Zealand, Nina Obermaier, will be in Rotorua tomorrow to connect with local Māori businesses and discuss what the next steps will be to connect our premium Māori products to this high-value market.
If you’re in the rohe, nau mai, haere mai, feel free call in and join us!
It is our strong belief that Māori need to work together to ensure there is a clear implementation plan for these significant trade deals being negotiated with our international partners. Only then will we see true outcomes for our whanau across the motu.