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Here on our online hub, we can provide you with the latest information on the Hong Kong and New Zealand business markets, and event details on the upcoming trade fairs in Hong Kong.  Visit our EVENTS section for a list of upcoming events in your region.

Is your business in the Wellington region? Our newly established Wellington Chapter is now registering new members, see our MEMBERSHIP section for a range of subscription options.

The HKNZBA proudly hosts the Hong Kong Festival (New Zealand) every year in August. Come join us and experience the arts, culture and opportunities Hong Kong has to offer.

Proud winner of the “Best Initiative Award (Asia-Australasia Region)” 2010, 2011, 2012 & “Outstanding Membership Award (Asia-Australasia Region)” 2013 from the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.

2018 Hong Kong Festival – Annual Gala Dinner

Our 2017 Annual Gala Dinner saw overwhelming support, as we celebrated yet another successful Hong Kong Festival, coupled by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR.

We are proud to host our 2018 Annual Gala Dinner at the Cordis once again! Joining us, will be celebrity guest speaker Mr. Mike Allsop. Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, Mike has also completed a number of extraordinary achievements including seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, one of which was the 2013 Hong Kong Marathon.

As with previous years, we will be conducting a silent auction. This year all proceeds will be going to the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, a charity that offers comprehensive services to the wider community of new Asian Settlers. The charity foundation also organizes a Kiwi-Dragon Cultural Exchange Scholarship program. The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to local young Kiwis that have financial difficulties and providing them with a meaningful Chinese cultural experience trip.

With already over 100 RSVPs to the gala dinner, we look forward to you all joining us for an charitable and enjoyable evening.

HKNZBA: 2018 Hong Kong Film Night

To kick off the 2018 Hong Kong Festival, HKNZBA is proud to have brought back the Hong Kong Film Night held at Events Cinema, Newmarket on 2 August. This year’s featured showing was the award-winning film, Unbeatable (激戰). Starring renowned actor, Nick Cheung, the story of resilience and passion themed around mixed martial arts not only inspired many of the 60 guests at the event, but also served as a reminder of what the Hong Kong spirit is all about. Special thanks to Raymond Suen of the New Zealand Film Commission for assisting on such a successful event, as well as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Cathay Pacific for gifting the evening’s lucky draw prizes. HKNZBA is also most grateful to our sponsors, The Cordis, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Economics and Trade Office (HKETO) for their continued support.

Following such a strong start to this year’s Hong Kong Festival, HKNZBA will be bringing to you Justin De Lille, CEO of Liverton Technology Group, at our Wellington and Auckland Business Seminars, to held on 20 and 21 August 2018 respectively, as well as our Annual Gala Dinner on 23 August, at The Cordis, featuring celebrity guest speaker Mr. Mike Allsop. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events.

Hong Kong Festival – Annual Gala Dinner

The Hong Kong Festival 2017 Annual Gala Dinner was held in the Crystal Ballroom at The Langham Auckland on Thursday 17 August. There were over 100 attendees, who enjoyed networking opportunities over a three-course meal.

This year our celebrity guest speaker was Sir Gordon Tietjens. Sir Gordon is a motivational speaker and led New Zealand’s domination or rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including, of course, many exciting victories in Hong Kong. He spoke about how team sport culture can transfer across into the workplace and outlined the talent employers look for when recruiting in business. He was able to bring a good mix of business and sport examples in a thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking speech.

We also conducted a number of silent auctions, in which all proceeds went to CanTeen, a charity that focuses on the needs of young people living with cancer

HKNZBA would like to give a special thank you to the continued and generous support of our sponsors. Firstly, we would like to thank The Langham for providing the venue for our Auckland Business Seminar and Gala Dinner. We would also like to thank Cathay Pacific Airways for the donation of a flight ticket in support of our silent auction. Lastly, we thank the “Hong Kong Family”, namely Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, Invest Hong Kong and Hong Kong Trade Development Council for their continued financial support.

Please refer to our Facebook page for photos.

Hong Kong Festival Business Seminar

On Tuesday 15 (Auckland) and Wednesday 16 August (Wellington), we welcomed Mr David Whitwam, Chairman of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, speak to guests about: a) the new government in Hong Kong following 1 July inauguration; b) the Bay Area initiative which will integrate Hong Kong further into the Pearl River Delta; c) how Hong Kong fits into the Belt and Road Initiative; and d) the HK2030+ plan.

David began the seminar by introducing some names of the HKSAR, including Hon. Carrie Lam, Hon Matthew Cheung, Hon Paul Chan and Hon Rimsky Yuen. Most of his presentation was then focused on the colocation of immigration, namely the Hong Kong – mainland rail link, its located checkpoints and its law enforcement issues.

David also introduced some key elements of the HK2030+ plan, such as the HKIA third runway, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai Bridge and the East Lantau Metropolis. He also briefly touched on the Belt and Road Initiative, which promotes market integration and forges ties between economies, by way of people-to-people bonds, policy coordination, financial integration, facilities connectivity and unimpeded trade. His main message for us was “the Belt and Road is not going to come to New Zealand, we have to go to the Belt and Road”.

Ms Bonnie Shek, Director, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Dr Luca De Leonardis, Head of Investment Promotion for Australia and New Zealand, Invest Hong Kong, and Ms Rachael McGuckian, Trade Commissioner – Hong Kong & Macau, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, also presented at our seminars.

Dr De Leonardis gave an introduction about InvestHK, the department within the HKSAR Government responsible for Foreign Direct Investment, supporting overseas and Mainland entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals to set up or expand their business in Hong Kong.

Ms McGuckian gave an overview of NZ Inc and NZTE in Hong Kong. She also shared the stories of two companies that were successfully able to enter the Hong Kong market with NZTE’s assistance. The first, “Eat The Kiwi,” is a produce company based on a chef centric model, supplying what chefs want, where and how they want it. The second case study looked at Liverton Technology Group, which builds high integrity software and hardware.

Ms Shek gave an overview of HKTDC, the Hong Kong statutory body established in 1966 to assist international companies and investors to explore and enter new markets on the Chinese mainland and throughout Asia.

After the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to meet our guest speakers and network with other attendees over drinks and finger food.

Please refer to our Facebook page for photos.

Business Seminar with Professor Siah Hwee Ang

On Wednesday 5 (Auckland) and Thursday 6 July (Wellington), we welcomed Professor Siah Hwee Ang, The Bank of New Zealand Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington, speak to guests about China’s role in the global economy.

Professor Ang shared insights into how China has come to the forefront on the world economic stage since it became the largest trading nation in the world, and the pivotal role Hong Kong plays in China’s success in the international arena.

Please see our Facebook page for photos.

Wine Cave/Artemis Networking Event

Last night, we held our first wine tasting event at the Wine Cave. We would like to say a special thank you to our guest speaker Sandra Clair, Founder of Artemis. She gave a presentation on “Coping with the stresses and pressures of living in today’s modern world”. We would also like to give a special thank you to the Wine Cave for providing a beautiful venue for our event, and the continued support of our sponsors Cathay Pacific Airways and Cordis, Auckland.

Belt and Road Initiative Seminar

HKNZBA, in conjunction with HKTDC, hosted a Belt and Road Initiative Seminar on Wednesday 31 May to promote how New Zealand companies could potentially take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Belt and Road Initiative.

We invited a panel of speakers to share their insights into the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative. Mr Simon Draper, Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and Mr Colum Rice, representing the New Zealand China Council, both attended  the Belt and Road Summit in Beijing in May; , and Mr Kirk Hope, Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, shared his perspective on the possible influence of the Belt and Road Initiative in New Zealand.

HKNZBA Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday 22 March, we held our AGM in the Chandelier Room at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. The formalities of the AGM were followed by networking and cocktails in which attendees had the opportunity to meet our new Executive Committee for 2017.

Attendees were also invited to enter a lucky draw to win 1 of 2 Cathay Pacific Return Economy Class Tickets from Auckland to Hong Kong.

Captain Graham Lindsay from Cathay Pacific was our guest speaker for the AGM. He introduced the features of Cathay Pacific’s new A350 aircraft and shared his 21 years of experience as an aircraft and training Captain. We would like to thank Captain Graham Lindsay for such an eye-opening speech!

We would also like to extend our thanks to our sponsors, everyone who attended and everyone who helped out at the AGM.