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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.

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.


Wellington Yum Cha Networking Lunch

We are hosting our first Yum Cha Networking Lunch of 2017 in Wellington on Wednesday 22 February, and we’d love for you to join us. This is a great opportunity to network with members of our organisation in a relaxed and casual environment over traditional Chinese tea and dim sims.

Please refer to the invitation below for more information and RSVP via email to hk@hongkong.org.nz by Friday 17 February.

Christmas Party 2016

HKNZBA hosted a Christmas Party on 8 December at Kensington Swan. The mood was festive as there were many cool prizes up for grabs.
 
We would like to thank HSBC, The Langham, Auckland, Cathay Pacific Airways, Kensington Swan and NZTE for donating the prizes. Special thanks to Kensington Swan for hosting the party.
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Breakfast with Mr Raymond Tam (Auckland)

HKNZBA members had the opportunity to attend a breakfast seminar with Mr Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of HKSAR Government.

Mr Tam is the minister who oversees the implementation of the Basic Law, a constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and matters relating to elections, human rights and access to information.  He is also responsible for promotion of closer ties and cooperation with the Mainland of China, including liaison between the HKSAR Government and the relevant Mainland authorities, regional cooperation initiatives between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and operation of the HKSAR Government’s offices on the Mainland.

Mr Tam shared insights on how Hong Kong can play a role in China’s economic and social development under the 13th Five-Year Plan and the Belt and Road Initiative. Attendees also had an opportunity to ask Mr Tam questions and to speak to him personally after the event.

HKNZBA would like to thank HKETO for their sponsorship.

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Annual Gala Dinner

The Annual Gala Dinner was held at the Wintergarden of the exclusive Northern Club in Auckland. There were approximately 130 attendees, who also had networking opportunities over a four-course meal. Minister of Parliament Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga was invited to be the keynote presenter at the Annual Gala Dinner. He is the Minister of Local Government, Minister for Ethnic Communities, Minister for Pacific Peoples, and Associate Minister of Health. The Minister spoke about the importance of New Zealand’s business ties with Hong Kong and Greater China, and the wealth of cultural and business benefits provided by the strong, and growing relationship.

We also conducted a Silent Auction at the Annual Gala Dinner, in which all proceeds were donated to the Neonatal Trust, a charity that works to provide, and coordinate, support to families of neonatal (premature or sick full-term) babies. With the help of our sponsors Cathay Pacific and the Langham Auckland (who donated a return flight to Hong Kong and a stay at the hotel respectively) as well as other parties, this year we raised approximately NZD 3,000 for the Trust.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this evening possible: Cathay Pacific Airways, The Langham Auckland, HSBC, InvestHK and HKETO.

For more photos please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hknzba/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1218364934893548

Photo Credit: Hillie Chan

Hong Kong Festival Business Seminar 2016

For the Hong Kong Festival this year we conducted a Business Seminar in Auckland and Wellington with Mr Peter Nixon, an internationally renowned speaker and business advisor, who has spent over 25 years in Hong Kong. Mr Nixon was invited to New Zealand by HKNZBA and he delivered presentations in both Auckland and Wellington. The attendees were educated, entertained and informed aboutg the future of Hong Kong, its relevance to China and the Pearl River Delta, the Hong Kong business psyche and the risks and opportunities of doing business in Mainland China.

Ms Bonnie Shek, Director, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) also travelled from Sydney to speak at our Auckland event. She highlighted the advantages of trading in Hong Kong, and using Hong Kong as a platform to conduct business with China and the wider Asia region. Ms Shek also outlined the services that HKTDC offers to HKNZBA members.

We would like to thank our sponsors, as well as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (Auckland), and Chapman Tripp (Wellington) for offering their venues.

Please visit our Facebook site for photos: https://www.facebook.com/hknzba/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1218361531560555