HKNZBA cordially invites you to the Hong Kong Festival 2016. Please find the details of the events below.
Please RSVP via our contact form here.
AUCKLAND / WELLINGTON – Business Seminar
For the 2016 Hong Kong Festival business seminar, HKNZBA are proud to bring to you from Hong Kong Mr Peter Nixon. Peter is an internationally renowned speaker whose workshops are popular for their pace, practicality, humour and engagement. They are often rated the best workshops people have ever attended.
Peter’s mantra is The Solution is in the Dialogue©, and he is a showcase speaker for leading universities and management institutes around the world. He has appeared on TEDx, CNBC, Discovery Channel, TV5, TVB and Media Corp.
Peter has spent more than 25 years in Hong Kong. In this Seminar he will share his views on Hong Kong’s future, its relevance to China and the Pearl River Delta, the Hong Kong business psyche and the risks and opportunities of Mainland China.
Ms Bonnie Shek*, the Director, Australia & New Zealand, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will also be speaking. The HKTDC’s mission is to create opportunities for companies, focusing on delivering value by promoting trade in goods and services, while connecting the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises through Hong Kong’s business platform.
Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to meet Peter and Bonnie and network with other attendees over drinks and a delicious canapé menu that has been specifically designed for the event.
Spaces are limited – we look forward to seeing you there.
|DATE: Thursday 18 August 6pm
VENUE: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Level 6 (Boardroom 3), 139 Quay Street, Auckland Central
DRESS: Business Attire
|DATE: Monday 22 August 6pm
VENUE: Chapman Tripp, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
DRESS: Business Attire
*Ms Bonnie Shek will only be present at the Auckland seminar.
AUCKLAND – Grand Annual Gala Dinner
To conclude the celebration of the 2016 Hong Kong Festival, please join us for an evening of fine food and entertainment at The Northern Club. There will be a three-course meal, great entertainment and ample opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and business people.
|DATE: Thursday 25 August 7pm
VENUE: Wintergarden at The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland Central
DRESS: Black Tie
Non-Members: $125Table of 10: $900
We sincerely hope you will be able to join us at our Festival. Kindly RSVP to me by email or 09 307 1216 by Monday 8 August for all events. Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
In May, HKNZBA hosted a Property Seminar with Bayleys Real Estate Ltd in Auckland and Wellington.
Mr John Chow, the Director of Chow Group, presented his “rags to riches” story of how he was able to go from nought to $200 million property portfolio in 25 years. He is the only Chinese person on the New Zealand rich list.
Mr Ian Little, Senior Manager of Research at Bayleys, also presented a property market overview. Bayleys’ Research Division tracks trends impacting all property sectors across New Zealand and publishes reports on its findings as well as presenting them to franchise partners, industry groups, building owners and tenants. Ian’s wealth of experience and expertise is often sought by a wide range of media outlets.
HKNZBA would like to thank Bayleys Real Estate Ltd for sponsoring the events.
Save the Date! The Hong Kong Forum 2016 will be on 29-30 November.
The Forum 2015 hosted 410 participants representing over 360 companies from 26 countries.
There was a very high calibre of speakers. Watch the highlights of the Forum:
A recap of the last Forum is below:
HKNZBA held our AGM at the Langham Auckland. The formalities of the AGM were followed by a guest presentation by Mr Mike Arand, the China Business Development Advisor at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and a networking cocktail with drinks and nibbles.
We would like to extend thanks to our sponsors: HSBC, The Langham Auckland and Cathay Pacific.
We warmly welcome our new Executive Board of 2016.
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.
Please click here for more photos!
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.
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!
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.