Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith welcomed the formal knighting of Sir Peter Talley in a ceremony at Government House in Wellington today, saying the region and nation needs to celebrate its successful entrepreneurs.
“The Talleys are an inspirational family that started out in the 1930s as immigrants from Yugoslavia with little. From a humble fish shop in Motueka they have grown a global food business employing over 5,000 people and exporting to over 50 countries. It is easy for politicians and community leaders to talk about the importance of investment, jobs and exports, but it takes entrepreneurs like Sir Peter Talley to actually do it,” Dr Smith says.
“The Nelson region has been a huge beneficiary of Talley’s growth and success. The reason there are 300 jobs in Motueka at the Talleys plant is not that the town is the best strategic location for processing fish, but it because it is home to the family. Nelson would also struggle to maintain its mantle as the fisheries capital of New Zealand without the Talleys ongoing investment and presence. I also acknowledge the substantial investments the Talleys have made in community facilities like the new Rutherford Hotel Conference Centre, the World of WearableArt Museum, the Motueka Hospital Trust and the Seafarers Trust Memorial. They have spinoff benefits to the whole region that would not have occurred without the Talleys.
“Today’s Knighthood also recognises the hundreds of charities, sports and individuals that the Talley family has quietly supported behind the scenes.
“I also salute the contribution Sir Peter Talley has made to New Zealand business and primary industries. He has played a prominent role in the growth and development of the New Zealand fishing industry which is one of the most successful and sustainable in the world.
The family’s investments in the meat and dairy sectors contrasts with the increased involvement of overseas corporates. I particularly credit Talleys for their loyalty to employing New Zealanders when many similar companies have contracted out the catching and processing of products to overseas boats and factories. I also admire the family culture of the Talleys which has contributed so much to company’s success and ensures an ongoing legacy for Nelson and New Zealand.
“It is incredible that a small town like Motueka has produced such nationally successful business people. The message to young New Zealanders from Sir Peter’s Knighthood is that global business success is possible from the smallest of towns and the humblest of beginnings.”
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