About NZTE

Steven and India Korner – co-founders of Method; with Delis Fraser – NZTE customer manager

Ko mātou ēnei. This is us.

Te Taurapa Tūhono | New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand government's international business development agency. Our job is to support exporters in order to grow a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.

We work with all kinds of innovative businesses, including food producers, Māori land trusts and iwi, tech startups, service providers, manufacturers and more.

We have around 600 employees and 180 private sector advisors around the world who use their knowledge and connections to add value to ambitious New Zealand businesses who want to go global, for the good of New Zealand.

We operate under the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Public Finance Act 1989, and the NZTE Act 2003, we are fully committed to the Treaty of Waitangi, and we are governed by a board of seven directors and four crown ministers.

What we do

NZTE helps New Zealand businesses to grow internationally by:

  • making our knowledge, resources and connections available to New Zealand businesses, Māori entities and coalitions

  • connecting New Zealand businesses with the right partners and investors for growth

  • connecting global investors and companies with opportunities in New Zealand

  • elevating New Zealand's business reputation in international markets.

We tailor our support to our customers' changing needs, offering light-touch guidance to those at the beginning of their export journey and engaging more intensively with those who are further along. We don't charge anything for our time.

Who we are

NZTE people come from all over the world, from public and private sector backgrounds, with previous experience in small startups and large multinational corporations.

The collective breadth of our experience, knowledge and connections means you get a built-in network of individuals working behind the scenes to make sure you're set up for success, no matter where your journey takes you.

Who we work with

We work with New Zealand businesses, Māori entities and coalitions of all sizes to help them prepare for exporting, raise capital, enter new markets and accelerate their international growth.

We work with global investors and businesses to connect them with opportunities in or from New Zealand.

And, we work alongside other government agencies, as part of NZ Inc, to ensure businesses get the right wraparound support both in New Zealand and overseas.

Where we are located

NZTE employs around 600 people in 54 offices around the world, with 40 languages spoken.

New Zealand-based employees typically focus on getting businesses ready for exporting and investment, and accelerating their growth. International teams focus on leveraging local knowledge and connections to help New Zealand businesses grow in their chosen market.

Our Asia team works from offices in Jakarta (Indonesia), Tokyo (Japan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Manila (the Philippines), Singapore, Seoul (South Korea), Bangkok (Thailand), and Ho Chi Minh (Viet Nam).

Our Australia Pacific team works from offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea). 

Our Greater China team works from offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. 

Our India, Middle East & Africa team works from offices in Mumbai and New Delhi (India), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), and Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). 

Our Latin America team works from offices in São Paulo (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Bogotá (Colombia), and Mexico City (Mexico). 

Our New Zealand team works from offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wellington and Whangārei. 

Our UK & Europe team works from offices in London (England), Paris (France), Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Milan (Italy), Amsterdam and The Hague (Netherlands), Moscow (Russia), Madrid (Spain), and Istanbul (Turkey).

Our US & Canada team works from offices in Vancouver (Canada), and Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC (United States). 

Learn more about doing business in these regions with our market information.

When we can help

If you're thinking about exporting, making plans to export, or already exporting and looking for support, talk to us about your goals. If you're a global investor or business looking for opportunities in or from New Zealand, we can help you, too.

It's never too early to get in touch. In fact, the sooner you do, the sooner we can supply you with information that will make things easier for you.

We can tailor our support to the stage you're at and the level of engagement you're comfortable with, and if we're not the right organisation to help you, we can often direct you to the relevant resources and support.

By the numbers

NZTE's 2018/19
operational budget (NZD)

Source: NZTE, Annual Report 2018/2019

value of export deals
achieved with NZTE's help (NZD)

Source: NZTE, Annual Report 2018/2019.

economic benefit to NZ
for every $1 of investment achieved (NZD)

Source: NZTE, Annual Report 2018/2019.

new jobs created by
NZTE's 2019 investment deals

Source: NZTE, Annual Report 2018/2019.

Case studies

Hear first-hand from some of the businesses we've worked with.

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Last updated: 26 May 2020
Case study: Shott Beverages' early stumbles

Now in eight markets, Shott's CEO can laugh about the mistakes he made in his first export market before partnering with NZTE.

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Last updated: 26 May 2020
Case study: From Middle Earth to Google Earth

Originally developed for Lord of the Rings, Seequent's 3D visualisation software is now used in 13 export markets.

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NZTERaise capital
Last updated: 28 Aug 2019
Case study: Te Puna’s next billion-dollar business

To realise its export ambitions, Robotics Plus needed NZTE to help bring investors with the right connections to the table

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NZTERaise capitalNZ Investment opportunities
Last updated: 24 Oct 2018
Case study: Growing, not selling New Zealand

Uniting 11 Māori entities and powered by geothermal energy, Kawerau Dairy is generating careers, relationships, and a legacy.

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NZ Inc: a government ecosystem to support exporters

When you're working with NZTE, you also get the benefit of a wider network of New Zealand government agencies and organisations, known as NZ Inc. We work together to provide simple and aligned experiences for businesses.

Callaghan Innovation
Education New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand
The Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Zealand at Expo 2020
New Zealand Customs Service - Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa
New Zealand Export Credit Office
New Zealand Story
Regional Business Partner Network
Scale-Up NZ
Te Puni Kōkiri - Ministry of Māori Development
Tourism New Zealand

Contact us

For more information about how we can help you, send us a message and we'll be back in touch soon.