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About New Zealand Central


If you’re doing business in Shanghai and looking to make an impression with your business contacts or customers, New Zealand Central offers flexible working and meeting spaces and a professional event venue at the heart of China’s biggest city.

Featuring iconic design and a prominent location in Shanghai’s trendy Xintiandi precinct, New Zealand Central is a newly redesigned event and co-working space accessible to New Zealand businesses entering or operating in China.

Whether you need space for staff to work from for a few days, a private or casual meeting space, or a venue for staff training or event, New Zealand Central is the perfect location.

What’s on offer

New Zealand Central gives you access to a professional business and events centre, tailor-made for New Zealand companies doing business in China.

Facilities include a main function room with flexible seating and fully equipped commercial kitchen, capable of hosting up to 350 standing guests, an onsite café, and a range of multi-purpose private and casual meeting rooms. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available.

New Zealand Central is fully equipped for functions and day-to-day business use, with inbuilt audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi access, and business centre services such as printer access and hotdesks.

All facilities are free of charge to members. Find out more about how this works below.

What you can do at New Zealand Central

As a member, you can use our facilities for:

• press conferences for product/service launches and business announcements

• product promotions – including food and wine tastings, a demonstration kitchen for live cooking demos and seated meals, using our fully equipped commercial kitchen

• training and workshops for staff or distribution partners

• customer, channel partner or distributor meetings

• networking functions and alumni events

• opening ceremonies

• recruitment interviews

• access to hotdesks.

Whatever you’re planning, our onsite Event Managers can help you with advice and ideas to make the most of our facilities, as well as answering any questions you have.

How it works

New Zealand Central works on a membership basis. To become a member, you’ll need to complete a short application with details on your business and what you’re doing for New Zealand.

Once you’re an approved member, you’ll be able to book New Zealand Central’s meeting rooms, event spaces or hotdesks and access our café and business centre services.

For an application form contact our team to find out more.

Direct commercial activities

New Zealand Central operates as a non-commercial entity under the New Zealand Consulate-General in Shanghai. This lets us give members free use of our facilities.

However, any direct commercial activities – such as making sales or signing commercial agreements – need to be completed elsewhere.

Our Event Managers can let you know if an activity can be held at New Zealand Central, or help you identify other venues in Shanghai if needed.

TE KAWENGA - New Zealand Central

The name Te Kawenga was gifted to New Zealand Central at the dawn ceremony re-opening on the 15th June 2018. The name was gifted by NZTE’s Māori Cultural Advisors at the re-opening (Trevor Moeke, Che Wilson, Derek Lardelli and Tina Wilson). The name was humbly received by Peter Chrisp (CE), Glenn Murphy (RD – Greater China) on behalf of New Zealand Central and Aotearoa NZ.

Embracing our NZ Māori heritage, Te Kawenga combines three meanings - it is primarily named after kawekawe, the Māori word for tentacles of an octopus. NZ Central is an outreach post for home (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Te Kawenga acknowledges the connections and relationships between China and Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Kawenga also refers to the long-tailed cuckoo- Kawekawe (also known as the Koekoeā), who migrate from Asia to Aotearoa New Zealand every year. The root word, kawe, also means to carry and therefore carry the aspirations of NZ Inc around the world.

Back info:

How did this come about?

In preparation for the whakapuru mauri (reinstating the life essence) of NZC, Derek Lardelli asked us, what the name of the whare (house)?

As there was no Maori name, our Rangatira (Māori leaders) consulted and then gifted Te Kawenga! (see explanation above). The Maori leaders consisted of NZTE cultural advisors for NZC opening – Trevor Moeke, Che Wilson, Derek Lardelli and NZTE’s Tina Wilson.

Q1: Ko wai te ingoa o te whare nei?

(what is the name of this house?)

A: Ko Te Kawenga New Zealand Central.

The name is Te Kawenga New Zealand Central

Q2: Mō wai te whare nei?

Who is this house for?

A: Mō Aotearoa me te ao katoa.

For Aotearoa New Zealand, and for all worldwide.

Contact us

For more information about New Zealand Central, contact our team at

New Zealand Central

3rd Floor, Jin Lin Tian Di

190 Ma Dang Road

Shanghai 200020


上海,新天地,马当路190号 (近兴业路)3楼

Tel: +86 21 6386 8028