Partnerships creating new pathways for Māori

Partnerships creating new pathways for Māori

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.



Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Indigenous business, build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business, and ensure life-long learning for Indigenous entrepreneurs, and other Canadian business leaders. These efforts recognise the central role that Indigenous business and communities hold in the future of Canada.
Our mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities and awareness for all of our members.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.
E mahi ana te Manatū i te Ao kia whai haumaru me te whai rawa mo Aotearoa.
New Zealand’s security and prosperity depend on the conditions in, and our connections with, the wider world. This means we must engage with – and seek to influence – other countries to our advantage, in line with New Zealand’s values and interests including that of Maori.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally.
We use our extensive knowledge and global networks to help exporters of all sizes make better decisions and connect to the right partners and investors.
We connect international businesses and investors with high-value growth opportunities in New Zealand.
By supporting New Zealand businesses, we boost New Zealand's economy and reputation, and help to share what's special about New Zealand with the rest of the world.

Callaghan Innovation

We are New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.
We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.
Our people – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.
Our role is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, particularly by supporting business growth.
We are responsible for the delivery of advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on people, businesses and the environment within which they operate.