The Pacific has always been an important trading partner for us, but there is considerable potential to build on that legacy and grow our trade with the region.
KEY FINDINGS FROM OUR 2016 PACIFIC PAPER CATCHING THE WAVE, DOING BUSINESS IN THE PACIFIC
New Zealand is a proud Pacific nation. We are intimately linked with our Pacific Island neighbours through a myriad of connections between people, culture, sport, politics and history.
Those ties are made stronger by the Pacific’s proximity and accessibility – which is why it’s often the first place we think of when we’re looking for a holiday destination. But when we’re looking for opportunities to grow our businesses offshore, the Pacific is often overlooked.
We think it’s time New Zealand businesses took another look at this region. Right now in the Pacific there is a huge sense of optimism about the future – and with good reason. The centre of economic power is shifting to Asia and the Pacific’s proximity to the Asian success story means it is very well placed to benefit. Significant opportunities exist and new ones are emerging all the time.