Welcome to HKNZBA

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. The 2013 edition will mark our annual festival’s 5th birthday, and will be expanding to Wellington.

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.

Invitation to Hong Kong Festival 2015

The HKNZBA cordially invites you to our annual flagship event, the Hong Kong Festival, 2015.

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This year our event will consist of three events, the Business Seminar and the Grand Annual Gala Dinner in Auckland, and the Lunch Seminar in Wellington.

AUCKLAND – Business Seminar

For the Seminar, we have specially flown in Mr Mark Clift, the Chief Operations Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, to speak to you. Cyberport is a creative digital community with a cluster of over 300 technology and digital tenants. Cyberport is committed to facilitating the local economy by nurturing ICT industry start-ups and entrepreneurs, driving collaboration to pool resources and create business opportunities, and accelerating ICT adoption through strategic initiatives and partnerships.

Dr Simon Galpin, the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong will also be speaking at the Auckland Seminar. He leads the Government Department that is responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong.

The presentations will be followed by an opportunity to meet and network with our speakers and other attendees, as well as drinks & a delicious fusion-Asian canapé menu that has been specially designed for our event.

DATE: Wednesday 26 August, 5.30pm
VENUE: Crowe Horwath, Level 29, PWC Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland Central
DRESS: Business Attire
Members: $40
Non-Members: $60

AUCKLAND- Grand Annual Gala Dinner

Please join us for an evening of fine food and entertainment in celebration of Hong Kong at the Langham Auckland. There will be a three-course meal, and ample opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and business people.

DATE: Thursday 27 August, 7.00pm
VENUE: Crystal Room, The Langham Auckland DRESS: Black Tie
Members: $100
Non-Members: $125
Table of 10: $900

WELLINGTON – Business Seminar

Mr Clift will be speaking at a lunch seminar in Wellington. A buffet lunch will be included.

DATE: Friday 28 August, 12.00pm
VENUE: Buddle Findlay, Level 17, State Insurance Tower, 1 Willis Street, Wellington
DRESS: Business Attire
Members: $40
Non-Members: $60

Kindly RSVP by Friday 21 August, please let me know if you have any dietary requirements, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. My contact details can be found here.

We hope to see you at the Festival!

(Auckland & Wellington) Seminar with Rod MacKenzie

On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 June, we had Rod MacKenzie speak to guests about NZ Focus’ journey. Mr MacKenzie is the Executive Director of NZ Focus; he had previously worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for over a decade, and in particular he held the post of China Regional Director for a number of years.

Mr MacKenzie gave deep insight into NZ Focus’ ventures, the challenges it faced and how it overcame them, and significantly, its use of Hong Kong as a springboard in its expansion into China. Mr MacKenzie also outlined NZ Focus’ current operations in China, in particular its use of business-to-consumer online retail, which guests found very interesting.

The seminar in Auckland was followed by drinks and canapés for attendees; and in Wellington it was conducted throughout a two-course lunch. Thank you very much to the Langham Auckland, and the Wellington Club, for hosting these events.

Please see the photos from the Auckland event below. These photos are also available here.

HKNZBA Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Evening

 

On 19 March, HKNZBA held our AGM at the Chandelier Room at the Langham Auckland. The formalities of the AGM were followed by a networking cocktail with drinks and nibbles.

Thank you to Mr Carl Worker, our guest speaker, who gave an interesting and incredibly eye-opening speech about his experience in and with Hong Kong. We would also like to extend thanks to our sponsors, the Langham for hosting, everyone who attended, and everyone who helped out with event.

Last, but not least – we warmly congratulate our new Executive Board of 2015.

Please click here for more photos!

Chinese New Year Function

The Chinese New Year Events on 2 and 3 March, co-hosted by HKETO, Hong Kong Tourism Board, HKTDC, Invest Hong Kong and HKNZBA were a great success! There were over 200 attendees at the Auckland function, and over 60 in Wellington.

Special thanks to our sponsors, speakers Arthur Au, Director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (Sydney) and Peter Dunne, leader of the United Future political party, and the Pullman Hotel and the National Portrait Gallery for hosting.

Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Please click here for more photos.NEW YEAR GROUP TOAST

NEW YEAR GROUP TOAST (2)

 

Australasian Regional Caucus 2015

The Australasian Regional Caucus 2015 was held in Auckland this year, on 2 and 3 March. This was a meeting between the various state presidents of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association, and our own president from HKNZBA. A lot of ground was covered in these two days, and we look forward to a successful year with the Hong Kong Business Associations!

Australasian Regional Caucus Delegates

Australasian Regional Caucus Delegates

Morning Tea with HKNZBA Exec

Morning Tea with HKNZBA Exec

President Andrew Sayers

 

Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association Scholarship

In 2014, HKNZBA established a scholarship with the support of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office for students approved for an exchange  to Hong Kong. This is an award with a monetary value of up to $3000. The first recipient of this award was Jonathan Kuan, a Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Auckland. Jonathan was on exchange at the University of Hong Kong in the second semester of 2014. Here are some blog posts from his stay:


Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak was the first place visited upon arrival in Hong Kong. Known for having one of the greatest night views in the world, I was far from disappointed by its magnificence.

A few exchange students and I walked back to the University of Hong Kong from there, taking forty minutes in total. The journey was marvellous, as we could see many different views, and it was a great exercise to gear ourselves up to welcome any challenges during our stay in Hong Kong.

The stunning night view of the city seems to promise a wonderful life I would have in the following months here.

Night View of HK from Victoria Peak

Night View of HK from Victoria Peak

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Auckland and Wellington Seminar: Zespri’s Journey into China

In October 2014, we had two successful seminars with Zespri’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer in Auckland and Wellington.  Mr Limmer gave great insight into Zespri’s ventures into China and the lessons that could learnt for businesses looking to expand into the China market.  In particular, it was important to recognise the challenges in going into a foreign market and dealing with export regulations, as well as dealing with potential intellectual property issues.  Mr Limmer also gave very in-depth information about the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand which guests found very interesting.

Thank you to the Northern Club in Auckland and Chapman Tripp in Wellington for hosting this event.

Auckland and Wellington September Networking Yumcha

HKNZBA was pleased to host two networking yumchas for Auckland and Wellington chapters. Both events were great opportunities for members and non-members to network in an informal setting.  Thank you to Grand Harbour Restaurant in Auckland and Majestic Cuisine in Wellington.

Sponsor News: WORLD 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Langham Auckland

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Spring is here, so what could be better than enjoying an afternoon of delectable treats while viewing the new spring collection from WORLD!

In honour of WORLD’s 25th anniversary, The Langham, Auckland is hosting five very special Tiffin Afternoon Tea services every Wednesday in October, alongside a salon-styled show from this iconic Kiwi fashion house.

Sit down to a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne as Palm Court is transformed into the city’s most elegant runway, and partake of a decadent array of fashionable treats including chocolate stilettos, little ‘dress’ sandwiches with mustard buttons and a WORLD-inspired chocolate and yoghurt delice.

Plus, there’s a limited edition WORLD collectable gift for you to take home.

WORLD 25th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th October, 2014
Palm Court | 2:30pm – 4:30pm
$89.00 per person

Bookings are essential and full pre-payment is required. Please refer to the credit card authority form, email world@langhamhotels.com or phone 09 300 2924