NZ government ministers and Māori party representatives are impressed by the partnership between Māori land trust, Maungaroa 3B Incorporation, and international Mānuka business, NZ Mānuka Group. Invitations to join a trade delegation to China, Japan and United Arab Emirates have now been offered to NZ Mānuka Group to further explore export opportunities in these regions.
A delegation of government ministers, representatives from the Maungaroa 3B Incorporation and NZ Mānuka Group, met recently at the Mānuka plantation on Maungaroa 3B Incorporation land – 22,000 acres located on the East Cape, New Zealand. Managed as a joint project between NZ Mānuka Group and the Māori landowners, the ministers were invited to the property to observe the success of this partnership plus discuss opportunities for further economic development for the region.
New Zealand Mānuka Group Chief Executive Officer, Karl Gradon, was in attendance to support the visit organised by Māori landowner and trustee, Eddie Matchitt. “The ministers were highly impressed with the vision of the collaboration, the way we have come together and also the way we share value.”
Staying on longer than their allotted time, the delegation included Honorable Te Ururoa Flavell (Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development and Co-Leader of the Māori Party) and Honorable Marama Fox (List Member of Parliament and Co-Leader of the Māori Party).
Honorable Te Ururoa explained that his key drivers are sustainability, building sustainable development down the East Cape, value sharing, training for local people and investment into the region. Karl Gradon agreed these are all important factors for NZ Mānuka Group and currently in action by the business as well as the partnership.
“Minister Te Ururoa Flavell then invited NZ Mānuka Group to participate in a trade delegation heading to China, Japan and United Arab Emirates later this year.”
All parties agreed the need for further development to roads, infrastructure, education and potentially seed investment into future partnerships in the East Cape region. The visit was exceptionally positive for all parties.