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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HKNZBA opened its Event Calendar on 7 August 2014 with a Cocktail Gala at the Langham, Auckland. Mr Andrew Sayers, the President of HKNZBA and Mr Bernard Lo, Deputy Director of Hong Kong Economic Trade Office spoke briefly about the events coming up and Hong Kong and Auckland’s continuing trade relationship.
Special Guest Artist, Mr Wei Lun Ha, Finalist of the James Wallace Art Awards 2012, provided a Chinese Ink painting demonstration for guests. His work will be available for auction at the HKNZBA MasterChef Dinner on 28 August 2014.