Mamanu brings Samoan design to Pasifika

Mamanu Samoa Design is a Samoan based co-operative made up of a group of Samoan garment and handicraft operators. The cooperative has been successfully marketing the products in Hawaii and very successfully at the Guam Cultural Festival held in 2015.Mamanu Samoa will be displaying its products at the Pasifika Festival this weekend at Auckland’s Western Springs on March 25-26.

“Samoan garments are held in high regard internationally for their distinctive design and fabrics,” Colin Stringer from Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) told the Samoa Observer earlier this month.

The company’s participation in Pasifika is part of the Auckland based Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ Pacific Path to Market programme, which is an extended business model that covers a series of methodical steps that are delivered in partnership by PT&I and an Economic Development Agency in each country.

Participation at the Pasifika Festival provides companies with an opportunity to test their products in market through direct interaction with the New Zealand public.

Twenty-eight companies from eight Pacific Island countries are showcasing their products at the Pasifika Festival. Their participation is part of the Pacific Path to Market Programme hosted by Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ, an initiative that helps pave the way for Pacific Island exporters to find markets for their products in New Zealand.

The countries represented are Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most of the country delegations will be led by a senior official of its Economic Development Agency (EDA).

“PT&I warmly welcome the delegation from Samoa. The delegation brings a range of products with niche market opportunities to test on this trade mission. We look forward to welcoming the delegation and delivering a programme that develops their path to the New Zealand market,” PT&I Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao said.

For more information please email PT&I NZ Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao on joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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