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.
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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.
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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!
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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 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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or phone 09 300 2924
As part of our HKNZBA MasterChef Closing Dinner, we held a silent auction where we raised $3,848 for St John New Zealand. To present them with the proceeds, President Andrew Sayers visited the St John National Headquarters in Mt Wellington on 23 September 2014. Thank you to all those who participated in our silent auction!