Tongan companies take part in Auckland’s first Pacific market this weekend

Four Tongan companies will take part in Auckland’s first Pasifika Business Market this weekend.

The market has attracted 40 companies from 11 countries.

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand Trade Development Manager, Joe Fuavao, said the market would be held for the first time this weekend at Auckland’s Pasifika Festival.

The Tongan delegation will be led by Senior Trade Officer Esterlina Kautoke ‘Alipate from Tonga’s Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour.

‘Alipate said the Pasifika Business Market was an opportunity to promote Tongan products in New Zealand market.

“It will also help identify new investment and export opportunities,” she said.

‘Alipate said the four companies represented had the potential to export to New Zealand.

As well as promoting these companies, she planned to outline investment opportunities in Tonga while in Auckland.

She said the Ministry had developed a business directory that would tell potential investors about  investment and joint venture opportunities in Tonga.

Cyclone Gita

Damage caused  by Cyclone Gita caused some Tongan companies to pull out of the Business Market.

“Cocker Enterprises was affected by the cyclone and had to withdraw.

The Hahake District Working Council was going to supply a container of fresh coconuts and taro but was now limited to cartons of taro because most of the coconuts were affected.

The Pasifika Business Market is part of PTI’s Path to Market programme, which is designed to help Pacific exporters and companies ready to export to find markets in New Zealand.


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