Kia ora koutou,
Following the UK’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss officially taking power on Tuesday, I spoke to Te Karere about what her appointment might mean for Aotearoa New Zealand’s trade environment and our mahi.
We’re encouraged by the appointment of Ms Truss who was instrumental in signing off the NZ/UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) while she was the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The NZ/UK FTA will be formalised next year and we’re confident we wont see a change in the Agreement which is ground-breaking for Aotearoa New Zealand and Māori, opening up markets for our high value products for export such as seafood, honey and wine.
Truss has an intimate understanding of everything that was negotiated and agreed in the NZ/UK FTA and even more promising, you could say through our Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, we have the UK prime minister on speed dial!
Our mahi is paying off and we’re seeing our strong alliances with the UK come to fruition – we look forward to updating you on our relationship in due course.
Chris Karamea Insley.