26 Mar 2017

Pacific businesses showcase their products at Pasifika

11:11 am on 26 March 2017

More than 30 businesses from around the Pacific region are promoting their products at Auckland's Pasifika festival held this weekend.

Rosalito Sereicocoko

Rosalito Sereicocoko Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

The festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world with more than 60,000 visitors expected to attend over the weekend.

Many of those businesses have been brought over by Pacific Trade and Invest who help market developing pacific businesses across international markets.

Among the overseas pacific businesses featured at Pasifika this year include chocolate makers from Vanuatu, traditional coconut candy from Palau, handicrafts from the Marshall Islands and the very first moisturising lotion products ever made in Tonga.

Rosalito Sereicocoko from Aswhy Enterprises travelled to New Zealand to promote Fiji's unique mahogany wood at Pasifika for the first time.

"It's my first time to see New Zealand and I've seen that there's a lot of multicultural people here, a lot of mixed Pacific nations and it gives me a good feeling to come and blend with the Pacific people here."

"Here I have seen that there are other opportunities, apart from our usual American and the France market, I see that there are other opportunities for us to build relationships in the Pacific."

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