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Minister Scullion: Strengthening cross-Tasman business ties among Indigenous leaders

8 Feb 2018

The Indigenous Business and Trade Delegation to New Zealand has concluded a successful inaugural visit, strengthening cross-Tasman ties between First Nations peoples and promoting economic development.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government took a commitment to the last election to support Indigenous entrepreneurs and grow the Indigenous business sector. Trade delegations like this are becoming an important part of that strategy as we look to enhance cooperation between Indigenous business leaders across the globe.

“New Zealand is our closest partner. We enjoy a strong bilateral trade relationship, with trade of $26.8 billion in 2016-17 and two-way investment totalling $153 billion in 2016.

Closer cooperation between First Nations business people from Australia and New Zealand will unlock significant opportunities for economic development, which ultimately empowers communities.”

Delegates met with a range Maori business people to explore opportunities for trade and investment, collaboration in third markets, capacity building and exchange programs.

Of particular interest to the delegation was Maori economic success and business diversification in the telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, tourism, financial and agribusiness sectors.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support this delegation, comprised of accomplished business people from a range of sectors.”

Growing the Indigenous business sector supports the broader Australian economy. It increases company tax revenue, broadens trade opportunities internationally and expands how we do business with others across the country.

The itinerary also included a meeting with the Minister for Maori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta MP and visits to businesses Tuaropaki Trust and Tainui Holdings.

The delegation travelled to Wellington, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland.


The Indigenous Business and Trade delegation complements the Charter for Indigenous Australian businesses: Promoting the Economic Interests of Australian Businesses Overseas. The Charter provides practical information to help Indigenous Australian optimise opportunities to engage with international markets and investors, launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; and Minister for Indigenous Affairs on 8 December 2017.

Delegation members

Mr Sean Armistead

Director, Outback Tea and Coffee Company

Mr Kenny Bedford

President, Erub Fisheries Management Association

Mr Wayne Bergmann

CEO, KRED Enterprises

Mr Samuel Bush-Blanasi

Director, Aboriginal Investment Group

Mr Danny Chapman

Chair, NSW Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council

Mr John Christopherson

Deputy Chair, Northern Land Council

Mr Chris Ingrey

Co-Chair, Inner Sydney Empowered Communities

Mr Glen Kelly

Director, KPMG Arrilla Indigenous Services

Ms Helen Martin

Business Director, Banubanu Beach Retreat

Ms Mandy Muir

Owner, Warradjan Cultural Centre and Murdudjurl Cultural Tours

Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO

Chairman and Managing Director, Nyungga Black Group

Ms Susan Murphy

CEO, Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation

Dr Donna Odegaard AM

CEO, Radio Larrakia 

Find out more

Visit the Minister's website to view the original media release.

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