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December 7 2021

Kiwis starting companies in New Zealand and China – How to build an F&B start up

Kiwis starting companies in New Zealand and China – How to build an F&B start up

With the rise of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles with the inclusion of super foods in our diets, New Zealand nootropic company Ārepa is making its name in the industry. Just last year they were awarded as the winner of the start-up category in the NutraIngredients-Asia awards and have the All Blacks among their customers base. Want to find out more about New Zealand’s new ‘brain drink’?

September 14 2021

YA x Score The Job

YA x Score The Job

The third workshop on the list is “Score The Job: Advice to Get Hired” run by Poncho Rivera-Pavon, the Graduate Professional and General Manager at NxtStep. This workshop is targeted towards showing what you can do to give yourself an edge and improve your chances of scoring a job!

 

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August 19 2021

YA x Network Like A Pro

YA x Network Like A Pro

Introducing our second workshop in our three part series of YA Workshops to get work-ready!

The second workshop on the list is “Networking Skills: Learn to network like a pro” run by David Nottage 1996 World Champion of Public Speaking. This workshop is targeted towards ensuring you know the basics of communication and business relations and helping you feel more at ease in networking sessions.

 

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August 12 2021

YA x Financials Made Easy

YA x Financials Made Easy

In August we hosted a three part professional development series aimed at those new into the working world or are looking to further develop their skills in business financials, networking and getting a job. Hosted online via Zoom, our first series was run by two experts Helen He and Martin Ma from PwC. This workshop is targeted towards teaching the basics of knowing the numbers.

 

You can view the recording by being a member via Patreon 

July 28 2021

Exploring the China-NZ Green Tech Ecosystem

Exploring the China-NZ Green Tech Ecosystem

For the second in-person event in 2021, we heard from Dr Mahmood Hikmet, Head of R&D at Ohmio and Karen Hou who is CEO at ICBC New Zealand. The event covered the importance of innovative green technologies with the example of autonomous vehicles and the financing of green assets, both concerned with targeting the lowering of emissions. Read with our event review here

June 22 2021

YA Zoom Into China: Trade Diversification

YA Zoom Into China: Trade Diversification

We continued our live Zoom into China series in 2021, starting with the fundamentals of NZ-China Trade with two experts in the space: John Cochrane and Professor Siah Hwee Ang. Together they complimented a range of perspectives from understanding and localising brands to the importance of spreading the risk with NZ international trade. Read more here

March 23 2021

NZ-China Trade and the FTA Upgrade

NZ-China Trade and the FTA Upgrade

For the first event in 2021, we heard from Antje Fiedler, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School and Barney Riley who is a Lead Negotiator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). Both guest speakers shared the importance of trade, what the Free Trade agreement means for NZ businesses and how to be set for success in the industry. You can read more here with out event review

March 17 2021

NZCTA YA Presents: 2021, China and beyond with Leonard Hong

NZCTA YA Presents: 2021, China and beyond with Leonard Hong

A member exclusive!

Hear our first Q&A and forum discussion between Leonard Hong, Allan Chan and Edward Smith. We talk about policy, international trade and the problems New Zealander faces to develop their skills and awareness to understanding policy. In addition to this, Leonard passes his advice for other young professionals interested in policy.

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December 19 2020

Happy Holidays: The YA Xmas Drinks 2020

Happy Holidays: The YA Xmas Drinks 2020

That’s a wrap for us for 2020! It’s been an eventful year not just for the world, but for the YA too. We revamped our membership to ensure our members get the most value for their involvement with us, held a speaker series where we Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series and made amazing connections with our members and other professionals in the NZ-China space through our NZCTA YA Member’s Lounge and YA Connect. You can read more about it here in our 2020 Christmas Newsletter edition.

November 23 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 8

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 8

Rachel Maidment: NZCC Updates & Advice for Budding NZ-China Young Professionals

In mid-November 2020, YA’s lasts session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series heard from Rachel Maidment: Executive Director at the New Zealand China Council who shared updates in the NZ-China space from an NZCC perspective and her experiences, insights and time as Guangzhou Consul-General.

November 5 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session Special Edition

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session Special Edition

Food and Beverage Sector: Updates and the Lewis Road Creamery Story

In early November 2020, YA had a special edition to the Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series where we uncovered the journey of Lewis Road Creamery and how the company successfully managed to reach its current brand status in the Chinese market. Our speakers was Nicola O’Rourke, general manger of Lewis Road Creamery and Andrew Watene KPMG’s Associate Director of Food, Agribusiness, and Export Lead. Read more about the event here!

July 15 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 6 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 6 2020

Standing Between the Giants

In mid-July 2020, YA’s sixth session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series took a closer look US-China tension and New Zealand’s role in navigating between these two megapowers. A lot of insightful discourse was shared by our speaker, David Mahon, Founder and executive chairman of Mahon China. Read all about the session here!

July 1 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 5 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 5 2020

EASTERN CHINA: WHERE NZ BUSINESSES ARE WINNING, AND WHERE THEY’RE NOT

At the start of July 2020, YA’s fifth session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series took a closer look at where NZ businesses and innovation is winning and where they’re not in the Chinesemarket! Our speaker, Jane Jiang, CEO of Les Mills China shared the story of Les Mill’s 21 year history in China and the impact of Chinese leadership for a kiwi business. Read all about the session here!

June 2 2020

Zoom into China: YA VIRTUAL SESSION 4 2020

Zoom into China: YA VIRTUAL SESSION 4 2020

Kiwi Expat Stories: Life on the ground with ZURU in China

In early-June 2020, YA’s fourth session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series took a closer look at the in’s and outs of living in China from kiwi expat view. We heard from Brittany Oliver and Stephen Drysdale from Zuru.

May 27 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 3 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 3 2020

Failing Forward: Hutong Business Insights on New Zealand Food Startups, SMEs and Corporates

In mid-May 2020, YA’s third session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series took a glimpse into the important development of the future sustainability of the FMCG industry. A lot of insightful information was shared by our speaker, Alex Worker who was a consultant with Impossible Foods and managing director of Highground Brands.

May 13 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 2 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 2 2020

Eastern China: Where NZ Businesses Are Winning, And Where They’re Not

In mid-May 2020, YA’s second session of Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series took a closer look at where NZ businesses are winning and where they’re not in the Eastern China market! A lot of insightful information was shared by our speaker, Richard Dunsheath, NZTE’s Shanghai Trade Commissioner! Read all about the session here!

April 29 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 1 2020

Zoom into China: YA Virtual Session 1 2020

Breaking New Zealand into West China

At end of April 2020, the YA launched our Zoom into China: YA Virtual Series with a session all about Western China and how NZ businesses broke into this market. Find out what we learn’t from our speakers, Alistair Crozier (New Zealand’s former Consulate General in Chengdu, 2014-2018) and Dr Parley Reynolds (Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Chengdu University) here!

December 7 2019

Havana Nights: The YA Xmas Party 2019

Havana Nights: The YA Xmas Party 2019

In December 2019, the YA held our annual Christmas Party to celebrate our wins from the year with all our friends and fam of YA! Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us at Havana Nights: The YA Xmas Party! (We wish we had some pictures to show you but we were too poor to afford a photographer 😭 please sponsor us!) We had palms leaves (heaps), fairy lights, colourful floral shirts and Cuban hats – we did Camila and Thugger proud! And what a fun night it was chatting up a storm with old and new friends oh na na! We look forward to bringing you more opportunities to network, socialise and mingle with other like-minded individuals next year! So, stay connected with us through our social media channels to get the latest updates of our events to come. We have some very exciting events in store for you that you really don’t want to miss out on in 2020!

November 28 2019

Māori Fashion: Taking on Asia Event 2019

Māori Fashion: Taking on Asia Event 2019

Māori Fashion: Taking on Asia (Tirohanga Māori. Te ara ki Āhia) was one of our favorite events of 2019! The topic of fashion was different and refreshing, and we had three amazing speakers, Kiri Nathan (centre), Nichola Te Kiri (left) and Astley Nathan (right), sharing valuable insights from their journeys exploring market entry and trade in China from three very different perspectives.

 

Find out what we learned here.

October 31 2019

NZ China Tourism: What’s Now, What’s Next? Event 2019

NZ China Tourism: What’s Now, What’s Next? Event 2019

To celebrate the conclusion of the 2019 NZ China Year of Tourism, we held a jam-packed NZ China Tourism event. A total of 8 speakers from both the public and private sectors discussed the similarities between Chinese and Maori culture, how we can keep our tourism sustainable, and the changing demographics and desires of Chinese tourists. Thanks again to Christchurch Airport, Explore Group and Simpson Grierson for your generous support.

 

Read the full event review here.

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