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Maori food possibilities in Malaysia

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/05/2017

Positioning Maori food and beverage brands in the Malaysian market is the goal of a trip by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

He leaves on Saturday for a business and cultural mission which will meet with government and business leaders in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.

Businesses represented include Maori-owned dairy processor Miraka Ltd and Fonterra, the Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum, Zespri International, Watson & Son Ltd, New Zealand Maori Tourism and seafood company Kahungunu Asset Holding Company.

"We have a close relationship with Malaysia including strong ties in trade, security and education, and we want to build on our strengths in areas like food and beverage which offers huge potential for added value consumer branded products," Mr Flavell says.

"There's been some really good progress, but we want to take advantage of the buoyant economy to make some permanent gains for Maori."

The visit will also include a cultural exchange between Maori and the indigenous Sabah people in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Also, during the visit the Mr Flavell and the delegation will pay their respects to the fallen New Zealand service personnel buried at Cheras Cemetery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Kranji Cemetery in Singapore.

Mr Flavell will attend the inauguration of President-elect of Timor Leste, Francisco Guterres, on behalf of the government.

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