The legacy of Her Excellency High Commissioner, Laura Clarke, to Māori and indigenous people of the world.

The legacy of Her Excellency High Commissioner, Laura Clarke, to Māori and indigenous people of the world.

While the past week saw us warmly welcome Matariki – the Māori New Year – it also saw us sadly farewell New Zealand’s most recent British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Laura Clarke OBE, from our shores.

Ms Clarke was instrumental in helping land this first-of-its-kind FTA, which has opened the world’s fifth largest economy to New Zealand, putting us on the platform where we deserve to be with our high value Māori products and services.

Ms Clarke made considerable efforts to travel across the motu during her tenure, meeting with our people kanohi ki te kanohi and speaking te reo Māori. Her willingness to embrace our culture while posted in Aotearoa and in particular to embrace and learn to speak our reo is much appreciated.

Our gift from the Māori people of Aotearoa to her!

Responsible for developing and maintaining England’s relationship with Aotearoa New Zealand, Ms Clarke’s legacy is the inclusion of an indigenous chapter in the recently signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between our two countries – a benchmark for all future free trade agreements between Aotearoa and the rest of the world.

She will be sorely missed on our shores, but we look forward to welcoming the next UK High Commissioner to Aotearoa. We have no doubt we will be able to forge another solid working relationship, that in turn will help deliver greater outcomes for our whānau and communities across the motu.

E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu ao

Grow and branch forth for the days of your world.



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.