Māori Business Delegation
In May, New Zealand High Commission hosted a Māori business delegation who were in town to learn more about Singapore’s food and beverage sector. The delegation kicked off their study tour with a mihi whakatau (informal Māori welcome) hosted by our team at the High Commission which included among other things, traditional waiata (Māori songs) and bonding over some delicious kai (food). Other highlights included meetings with Singapore Food Agency, Shiok Meats, Food Plant, and wrapped up with a networking event at the Official Residence.
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars that rises in midwinter and for many Māori, its arrival heralds the start of the New Year. The return of the constellation is commemorated by Te Rā Aro ki Matariki 2023, which happens on Friday, 14 July this year. For New Zealanders, Matariki is a time where people, whānau (family) and communities gather together to remember the year that has passed, to celebrate the present, and to plan for the next year. To learn more about Matariki visit matariki.com
Meet our new team member, Thaddaeus Cobb
“I’ve recently joined the New Zealand High Commission on a six-month relief assignment as Second Secretary. I’ve worked at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for over four years, mainly in the trade and economic space, which will be the focus of my work here in Singapore.
In my spare time I enjoy podcasts, music, staying active, and watching lot of cricket! Since arriving on the island in May, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring Singapore, particularly the hawker markets! I look forward to meeting and connecting with members of ANZA during my time here.”