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  • $53.1 billion
    Food and Fibre Sector Export Revenue year to June 2022 (MPI)
  • 81.4%
    Food and Fibre Sector Contribution to National Export Trade in year to June 2022 (Stats NZ, MPI)
  • 10.7%
    Contribution to National GDP for year ending March 2021 (Stats NZ, MPI)
  • China
    Largest export market (35%) for all Food and Fibre Products for year to June 2022 (Stats NZ, MPI)
  • 13%
    of New Zealand’s Workforce was Employed in Food and Fibre Sector in year ending March 2020, (Stats NZ, MPI)
  • 16%
    of the Muka Tangata Industries Workforce were Māori in 2020 (Stats NZ IDI)
  • 25 – 34 year olds
    Largest Age Bracket within Muka Tangata Industries Workforce in 2020 (Stats NZ IDI)
  • ~4600
    Number of Māori-owned Businesses in the Muka Tangata Industries in 2020 (Stats NZ IDI)

Mihi Whakatau


Muka Tangata is the voice of the food and fibre sector within the vocational education and training system. A key mechanism for amplifying that voice are clear workforce development plans (WDPs) for each of our 14 industries, which we use to guide our advice on food and fibre training funding to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), as well as drive the development of food and fibre qualifications, standards, and micro-credentials.

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