Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Sharples leads trade delegation to Malaysia

Sharples leads trade delegation to Malaysia

Businesses from a wide range of sectors are taking part in a trade delegation to Malaysia as part of New Zealand week 2014. The delegation will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.

“The theme of this year’s New Zealand week in Malaysia is Lima Mata Ikan, or, Rima Mata Ika, which is about exploring and expanding on the cultural and ancestral linkages between Māori, Polynesian and the indigenous peoples of Malaysia,” said Dr. Pita Sharples.

“The delegation will comprise 30 representatives from 18 organisations spanning a range of industries including food and beverage, tourism, and education.”

“Malaysia is New Zealand’s eighth largest trading partner, and is a crucial market for our primary producers as well as growing numbers of entrepreneurs in other sectors such as education and tourism,” said Dr Sharples.

With some delegates set to formalise commercial relationships while in Malaysia, the trade mission is part of an on-going Government strategy to strengthen trade relationships across South East Asia. Dr Sharples and delegates will be taking part in New Zealand Week events across the country.

“Today we head to Kuala Lumpur while the people of Malaysia, and indeed the world, face heart-breaking times. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at them at this time. New Zealanders have not forgotten that Malaysia was one of the first countries in the world to set up a dedicated bank account in the wake of the devastating Christchurch earthquake,” said Dr Sharples.

“Ties between the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand and Malaysia stretch back millennia, our indigenous peoples share a common language family and heritage.”

“We have a saying in Aotearoa New Zealand: What is the greatest thing of all? It is people. It is people. It is people. It is with this proverb on our minds and in our hearts that we head to Malaysia this week.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news