Category Archives: Hong Kong Festival

HKNZBA: 2018 Hong Kong Film Night

To kick off the 2018 Hong Kong Festival, HKNZBA is proud to have brought back the Hong Kong Film Night held at Events Cinema, Newmarket on 2 August. This year’s featured showing was the award-winning film, Unbeatable (激戰). Starring renowned actor, Nick Cheung, the story of resilience and passion themed around mixed martial arts not only inspired many of the 60 guests at the event, but also served as a reminder of what the Hong Kong spirit is all about. Special thanks to Raymond Suen of the New Zealand Film Commission for assisting on such a successful event, as well as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Cathay Pacific for gifting the evening’s lucky draw prizes. HKNZBA is also most grateful to our sponsors, The Cordis, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Economics and Trade Office (HKETO) for their continued support.

Following such a strong start to this year’s Hong Kong Festival, HKNZBA will be bringing to you Justin De Lille, CEO of Liverton Technology Group, at our Wellington and Auckland Business Seminars, to held on 20 and 21 August 2018 respectively, as well as our Annual Gala Dinner on 23 August, at The Cordis, featuring celebrity guest speaker Mr. Mike Allsop. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events.

Hong Kong Festival – Annual Gala Dinner

The Hong Kong Festival 2017 Annual Gala Dinner was held in the Crystal Ballroom at The Langham Auckland on Thursday 17 August. There were over 100 attendees, who enjoyed networking opportunities over a three-course meal.

This year our celebrity guest speaker was Sir Gordon Tietjens. Sir Gordon is a motivational speaker and led New Zealand’s domination or rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including, of course, many exciting victories in Hong Kong. He spoke about how team sport culture can transfer across into the workplace and outlined the talent employers look for when recruiting in business. He was able to bring a good mix of business and sport examples in a thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking speech.

We also conducted a number of silent auctions, in which all proceeds went to CanTeen, a charity that focuses on the needs of young people living with cancer

HKNZBA would like to give a special thank you to the continued and generous support of our sponsors. Firstly, we would like to thank The Langham for providing the venue for our Auckland Business Seminar and Gala Dinner. We would also like to thank Cathay Pacific Airways for the donation of a flight ticket in support of our silent auction. Lastly, we thank the “Hong Kong Family”, namely Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, Invest Hong Kong and Hong Kong Trade Development Council for their continued financial support.

Please refer to our Facebook page for photos.

Hong Kong Festival Business Seminar

On Tuesday 15 (Auckland) and Wednesday 16 August (Wellington), we welcomed Mr David Whitwam, Chairman of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, speak to guests about: a) the new government in Hong Kong following 1 July inauguration; b) the Bay Area initiative which will integrate Hong Kong further into the Pearl River Delta; c) how Hong Kong fits into the Belt and Road Initiative; and d) the HK2030+ plan.

David began the seminar by introducing some names of the HKSAR, including Hon. Carrie Lam, Hon Matthew Cheung, Hon Paul Chan and Hon Rimsky Yuen. Most of his presentation was then focused on the colocation of immigration, namely the Hong Kong – mainland rail link, its located checkpoints and its law enforcement issues.

David also introduced some key elements of the HK2030+ plan, such as the HKIA third runway, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai Bridge and the East Lantau Metropolis. He also briefly touched on the Belt and Road Initiative, which promotes market integration and forges ties between economies, by way of people-to-people bonds, policy coordination, financial integration, facilities connectivity and unimpeded trade. His main message for us was “the Belt and Road is not going to come to New Zealand, we have to go to the Belt and Road”.

Ms Bonnie Shek, Director, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Dr Luca De Leonardis, Head of Investment Promotion for Australia and New Zealand, Invest Hong Kong, and Ms Rachael McGuckian, Trade Commissioner – Hong Kong & Macau, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, also presented at our seminars.

Dr De Leonardis gave an introduction about InvestHK, the department within the HKSAR Government responsible for Foreign Direct Investment, supporting overseas and Mainland entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals to set up or expand their business in Hong Kong.

Ms McGuckian gave an overview of NZ Inc and NZTE in Hong Kong. She also shared the stories of two companies that were successfully able to enter the Hong Kong market with NZTE’s assistance. The first, “Eat The Kiwi,” is a produce company based on a chef centric model, supplying what chefs want, where and how they want it. The second case study looked at Liverton Technology Group, which builds high integrity software and hardware.

Ms Shek gave an overview of HKTDC, the Hong Kong statutory body established in 1966 to assist international companies and investors to explore and enter new markets on the Chinese mainland and throughout Asia.

After the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to meet our guest speakers and network with other attendees over drinks and finger food.

Please refer to our Facebook page for photos.

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.

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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.

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Hong Kong Festival 2016

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.

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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
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Level 6 (Boardroom 3), 139 Quay Street, Auckland Central
Business Attire
Members: $25


DATE: Monday 22 August 6pm
Chapman Tripp, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
Business Attire
Members: $25

*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
Wintergarden at The Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland Central
Black Tie
Members: $100
$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.

(Auckland) Hong Kong Festival – Grand Annual Gala Dinner

HKNZBA celebrated the Hong Kong Festival on the 27 August by holding a Banquet Dinner at the Langham Auckland.

HKNZBA felt incredibly fortunate for Minister Hon Todd McClay’s attendance as the keynote speaker of the event. His presentation was insightful and interactive. Minister McClay is the Minister of Revenue, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Associate Minister of Trade.

Other highlights from the evening included the noodle-pulling performance, especially our Association’s President’s own attempt at making the noodles.

There was also a silent auction and a lucky draw, with prizes from our sponsors Cathay Pacific, the Langham Auckland, KVB Kunlun New Zealand Limited, Forest Harrison Lawyers, the Waitemata Honey Company, the Neonatal Trust, and HKETO. HKNZBA was incredibly pleased to raise $3250.00 for the Neonatal Trust, which provides support to families of premature or sick full-term babies as they make their journey through neonatal care, the transition home, and onwards.

Special thanks to our sponsors, speaker Minister Hon Todd McClay, Bernard Lo, Deputy-Director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, and the Langham Auckland for hosting this wonderful event.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.

On 26 August 2015, the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association hosted a Business Seminar in conjunction with HKETO and HKTDC.

We had the privilege of hearing from a range of international speakers who had flown from Hong Kong and Australia.

Mr Mark Clift, the Chief Operations Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd (“Cyberport”), gave an insight into the growing digital market in Hong Kong, and the offerings of Cyberport.  Mr Clift also gave this presentation at our lunch seminar Wellington on the 28 August.

Dr Simon Galpin, Director-General of Invest HK gave a report on the investment and business market in Hong Kong, and highlighted the growth and potential for start ups.

Finally, Ms Bonnie Shek, Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, described the opportunities in Hong Kong for international trade and outlined the various trade fairs available in the coming year.