31 NZ business leaders join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Australia
New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to Melbourne and Sydney this week, accompanied by a 31-strong delegation of businesses. The Prime Minister and her accompanying delegation will be travelling on a NZDF Boeing 757 and will depart New Zealand on July 4 and return on July 8.
This is the Prime Minister’s first trade mission to Australia since the COVID-19 pandemic, after the pandemic curtailed plans for a trade mission in June 2021. It represents an important milestone for the New Zealand Government’s reconnection and Trade Recovery Strategy as it looks to accelerate the country’s strong economic recovery by reconnecting to the world, with Australia being New Zealand’s most important economic partner and only formal ally.
Business leaders joining the trade mission are strongly committed to the Australian market and offer a range of high value goods and services spanning: Food and Beverage, Consumer Goods and Fashion, Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Carbon Tracking, Aviation, Education, Clean Tech, Engineering, Investment and Tourism, and represent New Zealand’s commitment to sustainable growth and innovation in Australia.
New Zealand and Australia’s strong business-to-business links and partnerships will be a highlight of the trip and delegates will have the opportunity to connect with partners, ink partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding that strengthen bilateral collaboration and innovation. A particular highlight will be the Prime Minister launching the ‘Discover New’ promotion where, in partnership with David Jones, 25 New Zealand consumer brands will be show-cased on-line and in DJ’s flagship store in Elizabeth St Sydney.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Hon Stuart Nash, Minister for Tourism and Minister of Economic Development. Regional Director at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Australia, Glen Murphy, will host the Prime Minister and delegates together with Investment Director, Andrew McGowan, Sydney Trade Commissioner Hamish Campbell and Melbourne Trade Commissioner, Bella Katz.
Mr Murphy says Australia’s large economy, relatively low barriers to entry and active investment eco-system makes Australia a market for New Zealand companies to grow both operationally and financially.
“Australia is one of New Zealand’s most vital export markets. The fact we have so many business leaders joining us for this trade mission demonstrates the value our exporters place on this market, and we know that Australians in-turn value the innovative goods and services we offer."
"We also recognise the significance of having the delegation in Australia during NAIDOC week and we look forward to celebrating the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during the week.”
New Zealand companies visiting Australia as part of the trade mission include:
Banqer (financial education)
Firmsy (legal industry software)
Groov (mental health wellbeing)
Cogo (carbon management)
Chnnl (mental health wellbeing)
The Mind Lab (education)
Mint Innovation (Clean Tech)
Tourism and Events
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA)
New Zealand Māori Tourism
Food and Beverages
Kia Ora Honey
OKU Herbal Teas
Reefton Distilling Co. (producer of Little Biddy Gin)
The Pure Food Co
Van Dyck Fine Foods
Services & Infrastructure
Warren and Mahoney
Investment and Venture Capital
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