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Globalising New Zealand : Fonterra Co-operative Group, and shaping the future


  • This paper was first presented as the New Zealand Geographer keynote address at the New Zealand Geographical Society conference at Victoria University of Wellington in July 2008.

Stuart Gray is General Manager, GlobalTrade New Zealand, at Fonterra Co-operative Ltd. Richard Le Heron is Professor of Geography, School of Environment, The University of Auckland.


New Zealanders have little collective vision of their position and future in a globalising world. Recent developments in New Zealand's primary sector show potential pathways to the future. We explore two claims: thinking about New Zealand is to think about the emergence of Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand's globalising economy. Thinking about Fonterra is to think about New Zealand and the implications that spring from globalising activities. Fonterra is a lens to understand better the possibilities and development options and the challenges that are arising as New Zealand forges its place in a globalising world.