2 Yili 3 China Southern Airlines


5 Cosco


6 Skycity 7 Meredith Connell


Export New Zealand Kea - New Zealand's global talent network NZCC - New Zealand China Council NZIER


NZCTA 2019

If 2018 was a busy year for the NZCTA, 2019 is shaping up to be even busier.
A summary of events and delegations that we were involved in is below:

NZCTA & HKNZBA Monthly Yum Cha [Every month - Feb - Dec]

The NZCTA in association with the HKNZBA are holding a joint regular monthly informal Yum Cha & networking event.

The goal is to provide a consistent touch-point for members to rely on to maintain contact with fellow members, and an opportunity to gain new introductions.

Held in Auckland


The HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards 2019 were officially launched at an event on Tuesday evening with Sponsors, Partners and Applicants.




The finalists for the 2019 HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards were announced on May 2 at an event in Auckland. NZCTA Chairman Martin Thomson commented on the 2019 registrations being greater in number than previous Awards.


Auckland International Airport Award for Contribution to the growth of Chinese Tourism in New Zealand
•    Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board
•    China Southern Airlines New Zealand
•    SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd
•    Wayfare

Waste Management Award for Investment between China and New Zealand
•    Allied Faxi New Zealand
•    Super Organic Dairy Company Ltd
•    Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co. Ltd
•    Yili Group Oceania Dairy Limited

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Award for Excellence in Export or Import between China and New Zealand
•    Blue River Dairy LP
•    CAIQTEST Pacific Ltd
•    Fiordland Lobster Company
•    Primary Collaboration New Zealand
•    Silver Fern Farms
•    Vista Entertainment Group

Cathay Pacific Award for Best use of eCommerce in exporting to China
•    Ecostore
•    Health Element 2009 Ltd
•    Trademonster Limited

New Zealand China Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand – China business relationship
•    Huhu Studios Limited
•    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
•    Silvereye Communications
•    Mayor Phil Goff

 Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association Award for Success in Hong Kong by a New Zealand or ganisation
•    Active Components HK Ltd
•    Eat The Kiwi
•    New Zealand Bloodstock
•    New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club

From the six awards, an HSBC NZCTA Supreme China Business Award winner is also chosen.


NZCTA continue to hold the very successful Biennial China Business Awards and Dinner on 6th June 2019

Congratulations to:

2019 HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards

Fiordland Lobster Company



Auckland Airport
Award for Contribution to the Growth of Chinese Tourism in New Zealand
•    SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Waste Management NZ Limited Award for Investment Between China and New Zealand
•    Oceania Dairy Limited

NZTE  for Trade between New Zealand and China
•    Fiordland Lobster Company

Cathay Pacific Award for Best use of eCommerce in Exporting to China
•    Trademonster Limited

New Zealand China Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand - China Business Relationship
•    Hon. Phil Goff

HKNZBA Award – Success in Hong Kong by a New Zealand organisation.
•    Eat The Kiwi






Cathay Pacific
Waste Management NZ Limited
Auckland Airport
New Zealand China Council
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise


North Asia Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence (CAPE)
Confucius Institute
Alpha Group


Meeting with new People’s Republic of China Consul General

NZCTA Executive Committee members met with the new Peoples Republic of China Consul General to Auckland Mr Pin Ruan on 19th August. Mr Ruan’s previous postings in Johannesburg and Perth have given him a good understanding and interest in working with the commercial sector and he is looking forward to meeting and engaging with companies here involved in China.

Importing and Sourcing from China and the Canton Fair

On 20th August NZCTA organized an event on Importing & Sourcing from China along with an introduction to the Canton Fair at the EMA Business Hub in Auckland. The event live video linked into venues in Christchurch and Napier and to Guangzhou with 100 attendees across the three New Zealand locations. Guests speakers Mike Pook of the Warehouse Group and Dave Salisbury of Tullen Snips shared their experiences of sourcing from China and their involvement with the Canton Fair. Both presentations were well received by the audiences and the Canton Fair organizers. This was followed by China Foreign Trade Centre Group providing participants with an introduction to the Canton Fair and outlining the upcoming 2019 Autumn Fair in more detail. At the completion of this session the Auckland audience heard from Brett O’Riley Chief Executive of EMA who introduced his organization, in Christchurch participants were briefed by A ngela Searle - a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and owner of Infinity Intellectual Property Lt and Frank Zhang of CCIC while in Napier there was a panel discussion with Guy McPhail and Lizzie McPhail of KOOGA, Brenden Watts from Farmquip and Nikki Goodall of Tight Lines Ltd.

China Labelling Regulations for Packaged Food Imports

On 27th August we supported CCIC, a sponsor of NZCTA in hosting an event on changes to China labelling regulations for imported foods. Stephen Xu Manager Food Department of CCIC provided a very informative update on labelling requirements with some detailed examples of the information required by Chinese authorities (including what cannot be  included) to an audience of around 40 at Seminar House, pro clima HUB.  We will profile CCIC in more detail in an upcoming newsletter meanwhile for further information on their organization and services please visit their new updated website.


Briefing from Jenny Xu HSBC (Shanghai, China)

DLA Piper hosted a roundtable lunch for a small group of  NZCTA sponsors and members to hear from Jenny Xu of HSBC based in Shanghai. Jenny, the Team Head HSBC China international business Asia Pacific sector shared her thoughts on a range of China economic and trade related issues including some of the challenges facing the local financial sector and international companies operating in the market. NZCTA would like to thank HSBC for providing the opportunity for Jenny to address some of our members.

Digital Marketing Accelerator Programme

United Media Solution (New Zealand / Shanghai / Melbourne), a sponsor of NZCTA presented the Digital Marketing Accelerator program to New Zealand businesses which features insights, case studies and tips on how to effectively market your products and services in the China market using on-trend approaches and the latest technologies.

Understanding Chinese Investment in New Zealand

Around 30 Wellingtonians gathered for the local launch of the Council’s new report on Chinese investment in New Zealand, organised by the NZ China Trade Association (NZCTA).  Martin Thomson, NZCTA Chair and Council board member welcomed guests to the event on behalf of hosts DLA Piper.  

Former Council Executive Director and report co-author Pat English opened the event, making the point that investment linkages are fundamentally linkages between people.  He noted a number of case studies in the report which show Chinese investors are careful to respect local context and whakapapa.  

Following a presentation of the report’s findings, a panel discussion was held with Catherine Beard from Export NZ, Peter Lai from Victoria Link and Martin Thomson from DLA Piper, which hosted the event.  The theme of the discussion was about how New Zealand can communicate better to attract quality FDI into the country.