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.
The Hong Kong Festival (New Zealand) is an annual flagship event hosted by the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association in Auckland and Wellington, to celebrate the arts, culture and opportunities Hong Kong has to offer. On the 5th birthday of the festival, the HKNZBA is hosting a business seminar to highlight the important bridge between the social culture and business, as the Association’s September event. Mr Simon Young will be speaking on how New Zealand exporters can take on the challenge of reaching a Chinese audience that is highly engaged with digital and online channels.
The Hong Kong Festival marks its 5th Anniversary with a star studded programme of films, expanding to Wellington!
For the very first time, Wellingtonians will be able to celebrate Hong Kong through star studded movies while continuing to celebrate Hong Kong cinema in Auckland through workshops and movies.
It’s back! The HKNZBA Hong Kong Festival (New Zealand) is returning to Auckland this August, and we are taking it to Wellington on our 5th birthday! Staying true to the festival’s mission to showcase the arts, culture and opportunities this Asia’s World City has to offer, there is something for everyone in our festival programme this year.
Come join us in celebrating the best of Hong Kong this August! Hong Kong Festival (New Zealand) is an annual event organized by a team of volunteering young talents, see below for this year’s festival programme or visit the festival website www.hkfestival.org.nz for more information.