What is the NZCTA YA Young Leaders China Delegation 2020?

The YA is going to China! We are proud and excited to offer you the opportunity to head to China as part of our inaugural NZCTA YA Young Leaders China Delegation 2020! That's right, in 2020, we will be sending a group of young Kiwi leaders to China to give them first-hand exposure to our biggest trading partner. Could you be one of them?

We will be visiting businesses, meeting with governmental departments and universities, and experiencing cultural activities in three amazing cities: Shenzhen 深圳 (the tech capital), Shanghai 上海 (the financial hub) and Beijing 北京 (the cultural capital).

Application for places on our delegation HAVE CLOSED!


What will you be doing?

Our trip will take us to Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, three cities at the centre of China’s economy. In each city, we will visit various businesses (with a particular focus on those that are New Zealand related or operated), governmental departments and universities. Through these experiences, delegates will be exposed to how businesses have entered, operated and promoted themselves in the Chinese market. Aside from the business aspect, delegates will also be immersed in Chinese culture as we visit historic cultural sites from city to city. Notable organisations we will visit include, but are not limited to:

Who are we looking for?

  • Young New Zealanders with prior involvement or interest in China.
  • Prior leadership or business experience will be preferred.
  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent resident holders.
  • Willing to participate in NZCTA YA related activities before and after returning to New Zealand.
  • Between 18 and 30 years of age as at 1 January 2020.
Place for Photographer/Videographer

Are you a photographer or videographer? We have one place on our delegation reserved for someone who can document it! You will experience all parts of the trip, but will also focus on recording our day to day activities.

If you would like to apply for this place, in addition to a normal application, please submit a portfolio of your work.

How do I apply?


Please email to delegation@nzctayoungassociates.com:

  1. Your CV;
  2. A cover letter explaining why you want to go and your experience in the China-NZ space; and
  3. A link to a 3 minute video answering:
    • when you have demonstrated leadership; and
    • the biggest misconception people have had of you.

Videos do not have to be formal, we just want to get a feel of who you are!


Costs of the Trip

What will we cover?

Thanks to the generous support of NA Cape and Confucius Institute, the following will be covered:

  • Accommodation 
  • Travel costs within China
  • A small food budget for Shanghai and Beijing
What is not covered?
  • Any travel costs to and from China (e.g from New Zealand)
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

China is our largest trading partner. Last year, over $28 billion worth of goods and services flowed between us and them. China is also our largest supplier of tourists and international students, and Chinese has become the most popular language in our schools. The stats all suggest that China’s importance to New Zealand will only increase going forward.

At the NZCTA Young Associates, we’re lucky to be exposed to people with significant success and knowledge of the overseas space. Through them we have gleaned some hard-earned lessons, but have also been repeatedly told - there is no substitute for being in-market. 

Through this trip, delegates will get to interact with entrepreneurs and professionals on the ground in China who have up-to-date and raw experiences gained through personal successes and failures in market. Delegates will also get to see what is required to take New Zealand products and services into China, and have the opportunity to document their findings in a way that can be shared extensively with their organisations and network upon their return to New Zealand.

We not only hope for impactful short-term results from this trip, but for the creation of sustainable long-term ambassadors from the delegates who understand the struggle and triumph of what it takes for New Zealand to flourish internationally today and into the future.

Applications must be sent in by 11.59 pm, Monday 30 December 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

TBC - we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation in China and will advise on a confirmed date at a later time. 

We will be taking 12 delegates including organising committee members.

We will cover accommodation and transport within China (as well as food costs in Shanghai and Beijing).

Delegates will need to cover any travel costs getting to and from China.

Thanks to NA Cape and Confucius Institute for their generous support.

Offers will be sent out the week beginning 20th of January.

The video can be informal and casual, we just want to get a feel for who you are on camera, so be you and show us what you've got!

Please send us a link to the video, hosted on a video-sharing website or cloud storage (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).

Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 30 years old at 1 January 2020

Thanks to Our Supporters

The vision of the Confucius Institute in Auckland is to continue and to enhance the longstanding tradition of friendship, respect and co-operation between China and New Zealand. It dedicates itself to enhance knowledge of Chinese language and culture and extend New Zealanders’ engagement with China through various programmes and collaborations with partners in New Zealand and elsewhere.

The North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (North Asia CAPE) is committed to helping New Zealand build sustainable, future-focused economic and cultural relationships with Greater China, Japan, and Korea. The North Asia CAPE has two priority areas: working with NZ businesses, particularly SMEs, seeking to internationalise in China, Japan, and Korea; and encouraging New Zealanders, especially school and university students, to learn Chinese, Japanese or Korean, and to enhance their understanding of the diverse cultures of North Asia.