Te Taumata Director, Carrie Stoddart-Smith, recently met with ExportNZ to discuss collaboration opportunities that support and advocate the interests of Māori exporters.
“With a membership of over 76,000 businesses and initiatives that fulfil multiple functions that support Aotearoa New Zealand’s exporting sector, Te Taumata sees value in partnering with ExportNZ,” said Carrie.
“Over the past few years, we’ve undertaken significant critical research that has helped us to formulate strong positions that represent the interests of the Māori exporting sector.
“Through collaboration with ExportNZ, we can amplify our impact by finding smart ways to contribute to existing policy work being developed independent of government, through a real-world industry lens.
“We’ve invited ExportNZ to present at our regional hui in Tāmaki Makaurau on 23 March next year.
“Their participation will help us illuminate the diverse pathways for Māori exporting businesses to access and navigate the support channels and networks they need to ensure their exporting interests are reflected at both an industry and government level.”
ExportNZ Senior Policy Advisor, Josh Tan, says it’s crucial for the two organisations to work together to benefit Aotearoa’s economy.
“More specifically to Māori businesses, who contribute significantly to the export sector.
“We’re excited about collaborating with Te Taumata and look forward to playing our part in creating a thriving, modern, and diverse export sector that benefits Māori.”
Moving forward, ExportNZ and Te Taumata will explore specific areas of shared interest in trade policy, reflecting our joint commitment to advancing a sustainable and inclusive exporting future for all of Aotearoa New Zealand.