PT&I team meets Pacific businesspeople at Pasifika

15/03/2012

<p style="text-align: justify;">Pasifika, the world’s biggest annual Polynesian festival, which was held in Auckland last week, saw more than 100,000 visitors at the mega fair, sampling a taste of Pacific Island foods and produce, trying out island merchandise and handicraft.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Teremoana Mato, PT&amp;I’s Trade &amp; Export Promotions Officer and Joe Fuavao, Knowledge &amp; Research Manager, visited Pasifika and spoke to a number of businesspeople at the Pacific Island “villages” at the festival.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“The objective of the informal scoping was to gauge pacific businesses that continue to join New Zealand based Pacific community villages to sell, exhibit and promote their products direct from the island nations,” Teremoana told Pacific Periscope. “This has been an ongoing collaboration between the pacific communities.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The PT&amp;I team visited most of the Pacific villages and met with three government trade promotion officials who facilitated the presence of their country’s trade delegations to Pasifika. The team met with Doreen Kuper, Chairlady of the National Organising Committee for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Solomon Islands and discussed the opportunity for Solomon Islands artefacts showcased at Pasifika for entry into the New Zealand market.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The team also met with Melina Tuiravakai, Business Trade &amp; Marketing Manager of the Cook Islands Business Trade and Investment Board, also to discuss further export opportunities from the Cook Islands – namely black pearls and coffee.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Tevita Lautaha, Trade Officer from the Tongan Trade, Commerce &amp; Labour Office who led a women’s group specialising in handicrafts from Tonga also spoke to the PT&amp;I team.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“The PT&amp;I team are now working on maintaining dialogue with the trade officials and assessing these potential exporters to ensure their products are export ready for the New Zealand market,” Teremoana said.</p>
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