March 04, 2022
Māori exporters weigh Russia exposure
A Māori trade advocate says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is already having an impact on kiwi exporters.
Chris Karamea-Insley from Māōri trade and export advisory group Te Taumata says that will quickly flow down to Māori produces such as dairy farmers.
He says companies will be looking to shift products to other markets.
“Hopefully big companies like Fonterra are sufficiently diversified that they can shift quite quickly to pivot away and then that links in with the new UK FTA – now we’ve got opportunities opening up there that start to shield our Māori businesses from these kinds of events,” Mr Insley says.
He says the free trade agreement with the UK should all Māori to shift their trade focus away from reliance on China.