Trade Engagement with Treaty Partners

We welcome you to face-to-face consultation hui conducted within a tikanga Māori framework.
Nau mai, hui mai, whakarongo mai, kōrero mai.

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The latest information on New Zealand's trade negotiations is available to all for discussion.

Engaging the government on trade issues

We are keen to share information and to hear from tangata whenua on trade agreements.

You can contact us about any trade agreement at any time at

Upcoming consultation hui

Āta tirohia ki te ngaru nui, te ngaru roa, te ngaru paewhenua, hei kara mō tātau.

If you are interested in future events, please email

Read more about public engagement events on trade.

Previous meetings

In August 2019, MFAT met with Waitangi Tribunal claimants in Kerikeri.

In April 2019 MFAT met with Māori groups in Rotorua to discuss current trade negotiations, APEC 2021 as well as the development of a dedicated mechanism through which Māori can deepen engagement with the Government on trade policy issues.

During August and September 2018 11 hui-a-iwi were held across New Zealand as part of the Government's consultation on the new Trade for All Agenda. These took place in Wellington, Whakatāne, Rotorua, Gisborne, Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson, Hastings, Whāngarei and Tauranga, and were an opportunity for Māori to have their say on the future direction of our trade policy.

Between November 2017 and May 2018, ten consultation hui were held with Māori groups that have expressed an interest in trade agreements - such as Waitangi Tribunal claimaints, the Pou Tahua of theIwi Chairs Forum, the Federation of Māori Authorities, Māori business and Maori health practitioners/researchers. They were held in Auckland, Wellington, Hastings, Kaikohe and Rotorua, among other locations. Workshops to discuss free trade agreements were also held in Hamilton and Wellington in 2017.

Between March and June 2017 eight hui-a-iwi were held on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Auckland, Whāngarei, Nelson, Hastings and Hamilton.

For each of New Zealand's existing trade agreements, there is a publically available National Interest Analysis (NIA) with information on the consultation that took place for the agreement in question. 

Te Taumata

Te Taumata is a group of recognised leaders in Māori socio-economic and cultural development areas with significant networks across Māoridom. On the 24th of September 2019, MFAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Te Taumata to deepen MFAT’s engagement with Māori on trade policy and Māori priorities within trade.  The MOU complements MFAT’s existing structured engagement with Māori and reflects our shared motivation to uphold Te Tiriti/Treaty principles of partnership. To date Te Taumata have held a number a regional hui on a range of topics. If you’d like to learn more, you can read MFAT’s MOU with Te Taumata.


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