Teremoana (Mona) Mato, Trade Development Manager
Kia Orana tatou, The festive season is a time to share and celebrate with our loved ones and for some, to reflect on the year that was. For me, it’s a combination of both as I convey my words of farewell to my PT&I family of 4 years and all the clients and network of stakeholders across the Pacific and New Zealand that I’ve had the privilege of working with and for.<!--more-->
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My term of near four years come to an end on 31 December 2015 and a term that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in helping build the capabilities of our trade and export businesses in the Pacific. Reflecting on my four years, my work with village based cooperatives, farming and grower groups has been a stand-out. These are groups who may never get to see their products on the shop-shelves but they form an important component of the value chain and them knowing their products are placed in the international market gives them a sense of connection to the global world. But it’s their stories that are told that leave marks in the marketplace and I’m pleased that I can walk down a supermarket aisle in Auckland and say, 'I've helped bring that pacific product from the village to the shop-shelf'.
Another highlight for me is the work around raising the profile of Pacific cuisine from food and beverage ingredients with our Pacific Ambassador Chefs with the limelight now on the Pacific as consumers look at our region as one of the key suppliers of superfoods. Pacific cuisine is one that showcases our pacific growth industries from agriculture, tourism and creative industries and I’m confident this can be positioned well in niche markets of superfoods in the international marketplace.
Lastly, I take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues within the PT&I network for the opportunity to work with you all. I have enjoyed my term and no doubt our paths will cross sometime in the future. I wish you and you families a joyful and safe festive season.
Te Atua te aroa.