August 26, 2021
China fuels Maori export growth
Exports by Māori authorities rose by 1.8 per cent in 2020 despite the impact of COVID-19.
Stats NZ says the value of exports by Māori authorities was up $14 to $755 million in 2020 compared with 2019.
Business statistics senior manager Darren Allan says between 2015 and 2020, exports by Māori authorities rose 55 per cent, while exports by all New Zealand businesses rose just 22 per cent.
Kaimoana including fish, crayfish, and mussels was the Māori authorities’ top commodities export in 2020 at $311 million.
Over 40 per cent of Māori authorities’ total exports were kaimoana, compared with just three per cent of New Zealand total exports.
Another 20 per cent came from exports of milk powder, butter, and cheese totalling $153 million.
Almost half the exports by value went to China.
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