New Zealand and
France business ties
Beyond a shared love of good food and rugby, trade between France and New Zealand has always been strong and longstanding.
France is home to some of the largest companies in the world, active in energy, infrastructure, finance and luxury, with a growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region – a region with strong trading relationships to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s expertise in high quality food production makes for a perfect counter-seasonal partner for France’s dynamic and sophisticated consumption market. There is no shortage of opportunities for business partnerships in agricultural technologies, health related products, marine equipment and premium consumer brands.
Ariane Gonzalez is New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner in Paris, with market responsibility for France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Ariane has been in her current role since April 2006, previously working as a Senior Marketing Consultant in NZTE’s Paris office, and as Post Manager and Trade Development Executive in Papeete, French Polynesia with NZTE's predecessor organisation, Trade New Zealand.
Before joining NZTE in 2002, Ariane spent ten years working in international sales and project management roles for French industrial and trade companies, starting in the telecommunication (SAGEM) and industrial goods sectors (Otis). She also spent five years as export manager for bioactive ingredients company AMI, covering Western and Eastern Europe, the United States and Canada.
Ariane speaks five languages, and holds a Specialised Master’s degree in International Project Management from the Europe Business School in Paris (ESCP).