Māori F&B business visit to Singapore and Thailand

The Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono is offering up to 10 places for emerging Māori business leaders to be part of a bespoke Māori F&B business delegation travelling to Singapore and Thailand from 18-28th of May 2023.

On the ground

The first part of the visit (18-24th May) will focus on understanding, current and future, food production, distribution and consumption in Singapore and Thailand. For example, visiting cultivated meat and vertical farming operations through to meeting with potential investors and distributors.

The full programme will be finalised once successful applicants are confirmed – to ensure the highest quality experience for all delegates.

Please note: This opportunity was initially advertised with Malaysia also included; however, for programming purposes it has now been modified to include Singapore and Thailand only. 

Applications have now closed for this opportunity. 

Meeting business leaders

Part two of the visit will be attending the Foundation's 2023 YBLI (Young Business Leaders Initiative) Summit in Thailand from 24-28 May 2023.

The summit will bring together over 60 of Southeast Asia’s most impressive entrepreneurs for four days of networking, keynote speakers, cultural sharing and breakout sessions all with the purpose of creating enduring connections and exploring opportunities to increase New Zealand - Southeast Asian business ventures.

This delegation will provide you with access to unparalleled networks across Southeast Asia and a strong insight into the opportunities for your F&B business in these three countries.

Eligibility and terms and conditions

To be considered for this opportunity you must whakapapa Māori and:

  • own or manage a private food production or beverage company (minimum 4 FTEs in size)


  • be at least managerial level in a large Māori entity in the F&B business – such as an operations or commercialisation manager in the commercial arm of your iwi.

As places and funding for the delegation are limited, a selection process will take place, with applications assessed by a panel.

Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate a genuine interest in expanding business ties with Asia and furthering Māori - Asia relations.

This opportunity is aimed at supporting individual development; therefore, it is not transferable. 


If you have any questions, or are wondering whether this opportunity is for you please reach out to Ethan Jones: [email protected].

What's covered

All costs associated with joining the delegation, including return economy flights, meals, planned activities and accommodation, will be met by Asia New Zealand Foundation - Te Whītau Tūhono.

Participants will be responsible for getting to and from their local airport, and any personal spending they may wish to undertake on the trip.

How to apply

Applications have now closed for this opportunity.

To apply you will need to provide:

  • Your bio and your company’s background e.g. role, size, industry sector, main achievement
  • Your motivation for attending the delegation
  • What ideas and/ or contributions you will bring to this delegation
  • Any outcomes you hope to achieve as a result of participating in the delegation

 Applicants will be notified of the outcome within four weeks. Please note that participants will be expected to attend all sessions of the delegation and to participate in all activities.

The information you provide will be used by the selection panel to assess your application.