PTI NZ leads Pacific delegation at Waitangi Day events

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand led a Pacific delegation to Waitangi for the fifth year in a row last week. 

The PTI delegation with guests at Hon Shane Jones’ (seated) dinner on the night before Waitangi Day: (L-R) KiwiRail Chairman Greg Miller, New Zealand-OBOR [One Belt One Road] Chief Executive John Hong; PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade; Trade Development Manager ian Furlong; National Party Leader Simon Bridges; PTI NZ Advisory Board Member Rob Donley and PCF Chief Executive Don Mann.

Michael Greenslade, PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner, who led the delegation said, “This year our delegation included Ian Furlong [PTI NZ Trade Development Manager], Pacific Cooperation Foundation Chief Executive Don Mann, New Zealand-OBOR [One Belt One Road] Chief Executive John Hong and representing the PTI NZ Board of Advisors was Rob Donley.”

The PTI NZ delegation was invited to Minister of Regional Economic Development Hon Shane Jones’ pre-Waitangi Day party at his home in Kerikeri this year. The invited guests included representatives from all political parties and members of the Maori Council who had been meeting with Government throughout the weekend.

“The day was significant in that several initiatives were announced including a $100 million funding from the Provincial Development Fund for development of iwi land to a level to support bankable future investment,” Mr Greenslade said. “Kiwirail announced that they would connect Northland to Auckland.”

Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters was the chief guest. Some 380 guests attended the dinner including the diplomatic corps from Wellington.

“It was great to catch up with a range of leaders and Shane’s family including daughter Haukura [who had worked with PTI NZ a short while ago and now works in economic development and media in her home province] made everyone welcome,” he added.

On the Tuesday, the PTI NZ delegation attended formal government speeches at the Upper Marae “In the afternoon we attended the laying of the memorial stone for the proposed Maori Battalion Museum which will be built on the Upper Marae grounds.

“Once again, the celebrations were inclusive, peaceful and respectful and for the second year in a row, formalities were held at the Upper Marae where no issues of any kind dampened the celebrations.”

Mr Greenslade said that PTI NZ invited Northern Iwi to participate in the Path to Market Auckland 2019 event’s one day trade show at The Cloud in downtown Auckland on Saturday 6 April. The show will see participation from more than 40 companies (as of now) from all over the Pacific Islands region as well as Business Councils and other Pacific Island stakeholders.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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