April 2023 Issue: An Au(cs)spicious April!

An Au(cs)spicious April!

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Welcome to the YA's newsletter, April edition!

April’s been a busy month for the YA! We wrapped up our first event of the year on March 29th, our 2023 Roundtable! Looking towards what’s coming up, we’re excited to be hosting Tsingmiao: CareersLab career expo in May with the Auckland University Chinese Student Society (AUCSS). Annother event we were excited for was the Whanganui Chinese Association (WHCA) honouring Chinese National Costume Day! Happy reading!

#1. Roundtable 2023 Round-up

The Young Associates started the year with a bang, with our first event being on the 29th March! Our inaugural Roundtable in 2022 was such a success that we wanted to provide the opportunity again, this time to Patrons both new and old!

2023’s Roundtable proved enlightening from a recruitment and talent acquisition perspective, as well as helpful for those just starting out in their careers, making career changes, or even simply looking for the chance to network with some bubbles and delicious food, courtesy of our venue, Buddle Findlay.

In line with the wider mission of the YA, we hoped with this event to give young people an opportunity to mix and mingle with industry professionals who do business with China. Collaborating again for this event with our parent organisation, the NZCTA, our 2023 Roundtable welcomed a delightful and interesting mix of representatives from both public and private sector organisations, covering trade, finance, e-commerce, law, and more.

Companies and organisations included:

  • New Zealand China Council
  • NZTE
  • Kiwibank
  • North Asia CAPE
  • Buddle Findlay
  • DLA Piper
  • Alibaba
  • Air New Zealand
  • SkyCity

…And more!

#2. YA x AUCSS Career Expo happening May 17th!


Save the date! The YA is excited to partner for the second year in a row with the Auckland University Chinese Student Society (AUCSS) and bring you Tsingmiao: CareersLab expo! This year, we’ll be holding the career and networking function at the University of Auckland’s OGGB on Wednesday 17th May, between 6pm and 10pm.

It’s no secret that many students struggle to find their feet while they’re just beginning their professional careers, often as a result of lacking advice from and connections with industry experts.

At Tsingmiao: CareersLab 2023, you can expect to see stalls showcasing companies including Fonterra, Deloitte, Stonewood Real Estate, and yours truly, the NZCTA YA! With tailored offerings catering primarily to students of Chinese descent, attendees will have the chance to meet and ask company reps about career development, entering Kiwi work environments after graduation, and which positions they should keep an eye out for next time these organisations recruit.

Don’t forget to visit the YA stall on the night! It will be a great chance to meet some of our committee executives, learn about events and opportunities we offer, and make a good first impression if you’re planning to apply for the YA in our upcoming recruitment round 😉

Come along and see what it’s all about on Wednesday 17th May, at the University of Auckland’s Sir Owen G Glenn Building! 2022’s career expo saw more than 3000 people attend, and we’ve got high expectations for this year!

Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts featuring further information about this event as the date draws closer. Read more about the event here!

#3. Whanganui Regional Museum hosts traditional Chinese Costume Day celebrations

April saw a lively and colourful community take place at the Whanganui Regional Museum.

On Saturday 22nd April, the museum hosted a celebratory event sponsored by the Whanganui Chinese Association (WHCA) to honour Chinese National Costume Day.

Chinese National Costume Day, which is also referred to as Hanfu Day, marks a commemoration of Chinese traditional attire of the Han people. The goal of the event was to foster community vibrancy, promote diversity, and provide the Whanganui community with the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture in a vivid and enjoyable way.

Read more about the event here!

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Editors: Melanie, David and Mia

Disclaimer: opinions expressed in this newsletter are solely the views of the NZCTA Young Associates and do not represent the opinions of the wider New Zealand China Trade Association or any of its executive committee.


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