Trade Commissioner Adam Denniss bids adieu


Adam Denniss, Auckland based Trade Commissioner of Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) has relinquished his position at the end of his term to pursue other prospects in his native Perth, Australia. <!--more-->Mr Denniss was Trade Commissioner for three-and-a-half years during one of the busiest times in the trade commission’s nearly four-decade-old history.

Mr Denniss successfully steered the trade commission through several challenging new initiatives in consonance with the recommendations of a 2009 review of the commission. He brought a strategic focus to the trade commission’s activities with stakeholders initiating a range of innovative projects that have had acknowledged positive impacts on the Pacific Islands’ trade, investment and tourism sectors.

During his tenure as trade commissioner, PT&amp;I collaborated with organisations like the United Nation’s FAO in researching and publishing detailed reports for the Pacific Islands agribusiness sector to help promote exports of taro, vanilla, chilli, coconut and coffee to New Zealand and Australia. Mr Denniss helped with the re-entry of Samoan taro into New Zealand after a hiatus in exports caused by the taro leaf blight as also with the groundwork for the re-entry of Cook Islands’ pawpaw.

With the New Zealand Government’s International Development Group (IDG), he helped set up the region’s first commercial aquaponics venture at Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The project demonstrated the potential of the produce growing technique as an import substitution activity that also promoted good health and local business.

Mr Denniss took a leading role in the organisation of the investment summit featuring Pacific Island countries ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Auckland. Among the other innovative projects he helped promote were the Film Raro project and the sailing initiative to promote tourism in the Cook Islands; this weekly <b>Pacific Periscope</b> newsletter, which was initiated during his tenure and a number of other projects that are in various stages of completion and cannot be mentioned because of commercial sensitivity.

He established new links and reinvigorated old ones with stakeholders, including the Pacific Islands and New Zealand governments, trade commissions, business councils and the private sector throughout the region with his effable manner and style.

While PT&amp;I’s Auckland offices will particularly miss him, the staff joins the trade commission in wishing him well in his future endeavours.