Big Opportunities for Small Island States

Pacific Islands Trade & Invest are hosting a Small Islands States Food & Beverage Exploratory Mission in Auckland this week.

Framehein Koteka (Te Winery, Cook Islands) with Pasivao Maani (Tuvalu Coconut Traders Coop)


Supported by the Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Programme under the European Union, the Mission involves six export companies from the small island States of the Pacific meeting with New Zealand buyers, importers and wholesalers from the food and beverage industry.

With representatives from the Cook Islands, Niue, Kiribati, Palau, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, it’s an opportunity for them to understand the landscape of the New Zealand market and assess opportunities.

Iva Roberto-Reimers (Marshall Islands)


SPASIFIK food columnist Aaron Freeman of Tatou Ltd is among those hosting the companies and providing his experience at bringing a taste of the Pacific to New Zealand.

“I like what Pacific islands Trade & Invest are trying to achieve and enjoyed my experience at the Trade Mission earlier this year,” he says.

Bernice Ngirkelau (Palau)


The events during the week include an information session on NZ export regulations and processes so small islands states exporters have a greater understanding of the technical barriers to trade.

The Mission also proves key insights into industry trends and opportunities in the market from importers, distributors and retailers.

Stanley Kalauni (Niue Vanilla International)


The exporters have brought their products – ranging from wines and liqueurs, coconut products and organic vanilla to aquaculture and Pandanus juice.

Framehein Koteka, managing Director of Te Winery, Extractors and Distillers based in Rarotonga, says his decision to take part in the Mission stemmed from the popularity of his products among New Zealanders visit the Cook Islands.

 Pacific caterer John Oyagawas Pacific-inspired food


“They’ll take our wines and liqueurs home and then contact us to get some more,” he says.

“We want to find the most efficient and cost effective way to do that.”

 Pacific caterer John Oyagawas Pacific-inspired food


The participants have been selected by their respective countries’ national trade office and private sector organisations. It is funded by the European Union’s Pacific Integration Assistance Programme (PITAP).


 Pacific caterer John Oyagawas Pacific-inspired food