Maori have a natural connection with parts of Asia, especially South-East Asia and Japan. DNA evidence suggests Maori came through Taiwan about 5000 years ago, and as our ability capacity and confidence have grown we look to these connections to grow our businesses and our influence.
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world to produce considerably more food than we consume.
Our high-quality food products combined with our passion for travel and exploration put us in a good position to return to our proud tradition of exporting which goes back 200 years when Ngati Porou first began to trade with Australia under our own flag, in our own ships.
“Changing lanes for us is about understanding the value chain and where we can fit into it. We always look to play to our strengths and identify supply channels we can manage effectively and create value. That’s why we invested in Port Nicholson Fisheries, which is now a great example of iwi collaboration. Straight away we are directly involved in exporting live lobster to Shanghai. Next step is putting a plant in there, and people, and new products. That’s where our future’s going to be rather than just churning out commodities, and packing whole fish.”
Ngati Porou Seafoods Group