Waste not, want not

A social impact investment project which converts waste products into energy is being considered in the Pacific. Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez recently met with Dr Eddie Wu, the Director and Technical Expert of Frontier Environmental and Resources Technology (FERT). Dr Wu has 35 years of technical and management…

Tonga-bound for MFAT Second Secretary

Destined for the Kingdom of Tonga, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Second Secretary Jonathan Muliaga visited the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand team ahead of relocating. After a three-year stint working at the MFAT head office in Wellington, Jonathan has been assigned a three-year term at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa….

Promoting better partnerships between Tonga and New Zealand

Despite its isolated location, there are many investment and export opportunities across various sectors in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) team attended the recent New Zealand Tonga Business Council (NZTBC) Bilateral Business Forum to learn more about the challenges and achievements in trade development between Tonga and New Zealand. Chair of…

New Zealand High Commissioner in Samoa shows support

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa and Consul General to American Samoa has expressed his support of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s activities throughout the Pacific nation. While in Apia for the Path to Market Trade and Investment workshop, PTI Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong connected with HE Dr Trevor Matheson in Apia…

Real life experiences offer valuable advice

Fundamental business concepts such as understanding your customers and the benefits which flow from this and preparing to be export ready were in focus at the Path to Market and Investment Profiling workshop in Samoa. Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand conducted the one-day workshop in Apia, attended by 30 participants from various industries. Trade Development…

Samoan businesses get a boost 

Local businesses in Samoa will have the opportunity to build their capabilities at a Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand workshop in Apia, on November 6. Pacific Trade Invest joined forces with Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) to prepare the groundwork for the marketing and promotion of the Path to Market and Investment Profiling…

Time for a sea change

Since Carey Winterflood read about the Cook Islands as a child, they have been like a magnetic force, drawing him in. In the mid-1990s, Carey’s dream was realised when he moved there from Australia where he had worked in the computer industry for two years. Together with his wife Akemarua, Carey set up the iconic…

Workshop paves way to new MoU  

The Cook Islands Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshop has paved the way to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Cook Islands Businesses (CIB) and Kawawaka Pacific Partnerships. It has been established with the view of progressing towards a successful partnership through the short, medium to long-term business trade and investment ventures….

Pacific Trade Invest’s vital role as a facilitator  

As the economic development agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s role is to engage in trade and investment promotion in Pacific Island Forum countries. Facilitation and networking to achieve trade and investment promotion is a large part of the organisation’s work, which it does effectively and efficiently. While…

Partnership a win-win situation

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s partnership with various local economic development agencies (EDA) throughout the region presents win-win situations for everyone involved. This was the case in Vanuatu recently, when PTI joined forces with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) during September at its Path to Market and Investment Profiling Workshop in…

Meet Pacific Trade Invest’s newest team member

Meet Aude-Emmanuelle Douyere (pictured), Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand’s new Trade Development Manager, based in Auckland. Originally from New Caledonia, Aude-Emmanuelle started a career in the agribusiness industry in Noumea followed by Singapore, before moving to New Zealand in mid-2019. With a passion for international business and strong commitment to the Pacific Islands, Aude-Emmanuelle is…

​​Prime Rarotongan investment opportunity

If you have ever dreamt of a change of lifestyle, investing in Rarotonga’s Coral Sands Apartments could be the prime opportunity to do so. Coral Sands Apartments, which opened in late 2012, are located just 5km from Rarotonga’s airport, and 20m away from the sands of the lagoon. Over the past seven years, the apartments…