On Wednesday 5 (Auckland) and Thursday 6 July (Wellington), we welcomed Professor Siah Hwee Ang, The Bank of New Zealand Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington, speak to guests about China’s role in the global economy.
Professor Ang shared insights into how China has come to the forefront on the world economic stage since it became the largest trading nation in the world, and the pivotal role Hong Kong plays in China’s success in the international arena.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Hong Kong: The opportunities for investment and trade
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most open and dynamic economies. With its free-port status, world-class infrastructure, world’s busiest international airport and container ports, it continues to offer investment and trade opportunities for New Zealand.
Hong Kong is the world’s 3rd most important financial centre and plays a unique role as a key business rendezvous point between Mainland China and the rest of the world.
Please join us to hear from business leaders and experts on the opportunities Hong Kong has to offer:
The HKNZBA jointly hosted the Chinese New Year receptions with HKETO / HKTDC / InvestHK in Auckland and Wellington in early February. Members of the Association and guests were entertained by an amazing sand-art show on the big screen and celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Horse with fantastic music, bubbles and prizes! Congratulations to the lucky winners of the various lucky draw prizes, including a return flight to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific.
From the HKNZBA, we wish you all a prosperous new year. “Kung Hei Fat Choy!”
Click below to view photos from the CNY Receptions in Auckland and Wellington >>