6 Aug 2013

Govt urged to progress Taiwan agreement

6:43 am on 6 August 2013

The Government is being encouraged to work with Maori to make sure a trade agreement with Taiwan becomes a reality.

Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson Shane Jones said it's important last month's deal, which aims to promote links between Maori and indigenous Taiwanese, isn't left to gather dust.

The agreement seeks to foster relationships between Maori and the indigenous people of Taiwan. It aims to enhance the exchange of both parties' indigenous experiences, literature, media, tourism and economic development.

Mr Jones applauds the move, saying anything that encourages Maori identity and exposure is worth celebrating.

He said the Government will have to work with segments of Maoridom such as cultural heritage experts.