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NZCTA Southern Update

Commentary

By Michelle MacWilliam

Meeting the needs of a changing city in a global environment

One of the aftermaths of the earthquakes is that the city’s primary business focus with China has changed from being predominantly student and export based and, whilst they remain important, has moved more to focusing on companies with an interest in investment, building and infrastructure, and particularly with those with a desire for a longer term involvement in the city.

Being an Asia-aware business person requires an appreciation and understanding of the people you are looking to engage with, something that is essential especially when looking to build long term business relationships.

The Confucius Institute at Canterbury University, and Duo Communication Ltd, have developed two bespoke workshops designed to meet and address the needs of both New Zealanders wishing to develop business with Chinese entities or nationals, and similarly with those from China looking to engage more closely with New Zealanders.

These half day workshops are led by experienced facilitators who provide valuable insights to assist attendees, whether they are CEOs, business owners or managers. The workshops provide practical hands-on advice drawn from many years personal experience and “on-the-ground” knowledge.

Commitment of NZCTA to support the Southern Region

We are pleased to have secured as a guest speaker Mr Alan Lai who has kindly agreed to share and discuss his insights. Mr Lai is a director and founder of Agria, director and chairman of China Pipe, deputy chair of the Chamber of Commerce in Shenzhen. Mr Lai operates between NZ and China and has extensive experience in investment, acquisition and operational management across both countries.

Attendance is limited but some seats are still available to attend this function on Monday 25th March from 5.30 - 7.30pm. Cost to attend is $25, payable at the door. Please follow the link below to find out more details of this event.

This is a great opportunity for business people with an interest in China – New Zealand trade to meet and form supportive networks. Visitors from outside of Christchurch are most welcome to register to attend.

To find out more about this event click here

Please contact either Michelle MacWilliam on m.macwilliam@duocommunication.com or email the director@nzcta.co.nz to confirm your attendance.

NZ China Trade Association alive and kicking in Christchurch

The NZCTA and Confucius Institute at Canterbury University worked together to raise awareness of both Chinese Culture and Chinese New Zealand trade relationships at the Lantern Festival held in Christchurch recently. Dr Alan Lam, Professor Hong Ho and Michelle MacWilliam (as pictured) agreed that the opportunity to work together and raise the consciousness of each of the organisations in Christchurch was a great success for all involved.