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. For further information, email hk@hongkong.org.nz or phone +64 9 307 1216.

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.

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

Langham pic

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

(Auckland) MasterChef Banquet Dinner

To celebrate the end of the Hong Kong Festival, HKNZBA was delighted to host a Banquet Dinner at the Floating Pavilion, Viaduct Harbour on 28 August 2014.  We were very happy to be able to work in collaboration with Tanisha Kemp and Verena Doolabh from Masterchef NZ 2014 for this event.  The girls who finished in fourth place on the hit television show, specially designed a Cantonese-fusion menu for this event.  Highlights from the menu included XO Broth with Cloudy Bay clams and steamed Chinese Red Date Puddings with Coconut Butterscotch Sauce.

Guests had the opportunity to hear about Tanisha and Verena’s incredible experience on the show while enjoying some delicious food. There was also a silent auction on the night with prizes from our sponsors Cathay Pacific, the Langham Hotel, Auckland, HKTDC and Estuary Art Awards Winner Wei Lun Ha. HKNZBA was very happy to raise $3,848.00 for St John New Zealand.

Special thanks to our sponsors, speakers Arthur Au, Director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (Sydney) and Bonnie Shek, Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Office (Australia and Sydney), the Floating Pavilion for hosting and to Tanisha and Verena for their delicious cuisine.

(Auckland) University Career Talk

HKNZBA was delighted to hold their annual Career Talk for university students at the University of Auckland.  Interested students were able to learn about job opportunities in Hong Kong and about the wider job market in the Asia-Pacific region.  Speakers included Bernard Lo, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office in Sydney, and representatives from CPA Australia and the Langham, Auckland. Thank you to the University of Auckland for hosting this event.

(Auckland) Business Seminar with Andrew Leung and Dr. Stephen Noakes

In continuation of the Hong Kong Festival, we had Andrew Leung and Dr Stephen Noakes speak to guests about China’s position today.  Dr Stephen Noakes, from the University of Auckland’s Political Science Department, spoke about the challenges Hong Kong faces as China moves towards establishing closer ties with this region. Andrew Leung spoke about the Chinese ‘economic miracle’ and the implications of this on a regional and global scale.  The seminar was followed by drinks and canapés for attendees. Thank you very much to the Langham, Auckland for hosting this great event.

(Wellington) Business Seminar with Andrew Leung

HKNZBA was fortunate to have Andrew Leung speak to members and non-members about China’s ascendancy today and the implications for Hong Kong and the Asia- Pacific region in Wellington, as part of the Hong Kong Festival. Mr Leung is a prominent China specialist and his experience and knowledge in this area is truly unparalleled.  He spoke about some of the salient issues that China faces today, including the widening income disparities faced by the population, corruption and environmental protection.  The event was hosted at the Wellington Club and guests enjoyed a delicious three-course meal.  Thank you to the Wellington Club for hosting this event.