July 27, 2020
Māori explore links between trade and jobs
The connection between trade and jobs has been driven home in a round table discussion between Māori interests and New Zealand’s trade negotiators.
The hui also included input from British High Commissioner Laura Clark, advisor Tania Tahana from Te Puni Kōkiri, Trevor Moeke from Treasury and Manu Caddie from Rua Bioscience, which is developing high value pharmaceutical products from cannabis.
Chris Karamea-Insley, the chair of Māori trade group Te Taumata, says whānau got a good understanding of the importance of trade and its link to jobs.
"If we get good trade agreements with different parts of the world, that's one of the key things that will drive up getting jobs for our whānau at home. One in four jobs in the New Zealand economy is directly derived from trade. It's great that our whānau are now engaged in this discussion with these trade negotiators," he says.
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