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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.

August 22 2019

Brews and Hey You’s: Experiential Networking Event 2019

Brews and Hey You’s: Experiential Networking Event 2019

With our Brews and Hey You’s event in August, the YA wanted to try something different. We wanted to create and share an experience with our friends, “frien-members” and other like-minded individuals (who we were super excited to meet), plus get everyone out from hibernation in the middle of winter. This experience came in the form of mingling inside a beer brewery over craft beer tasting and hot bowls of delicious ramen. And to our delight, we had a great turn out of awesome human beings and a sold-out event to boot, woohoo!

 

Find out what we got up to here.

August 6 2019

Identity with Hilary Chung 2019

Identity with Hilary Chung 2019

NZCTA Young Associates hosted a charity event with academic Dr Hilary Chung at the University of Auckland. A crowd of around 50 heard about a very relevant and important topic: identity! The night kicked off with an unusual twist with Hilary asking the audience to stand up and get into random groups of 3. We were then prompted to discuss the meaning and story behind our names. Through this exercise, Hilary highlighted Auckland’s melting pot of culture, evidenced just by the people in the room. Our name is our story, and there were a lot of different stories around how each person got their name. The multiculturalism on show was the starting point of Hilary’s research.

 

Hilary shared other thought provoking topics with us, which you can read about here.

May 30 2019

NZCTA YA 5th Anniversary: Networking Event 2019

NZCTA YA 5th Anniversary: Networking Event 2019

NZCTA YA turned five years old and we thought we’d celebrate with a good ol’ Anniversary Networking Event! It was lovely to see both new and familiar faces at Dr Rudi’s mowing down some fries and pizza, and having some good yarns. NZCTA Chairman Martin Thomson and our very own YA Chairperson Han Li spoke at the event. Martin talked about the importance of the next generation engaging with China, as our links constantly grow closer. Han paid homage to the past YA executive members (a few of whom were in the crowd) for the work they did building up the YA. What a five years it’s been for us. We’re a long way away from our early years when we had single digit attendees. In the past year, we’ve held political symposiums, heard from amazing Kiwi-Asian female leaders and the run remote internships in China! The YA are confident we’ll keep growing stronger, and keep volunteering our time to strengthen New Zealand’s connection with the Chinese culture, trade and language (with the support of our parents organisation NZCTA of course!). See you in 5 more years!

May 10 2019

Working in China: Breakfast Event 2019

Working in China: Breakfast Event 2019

We recently held our very first breakfast event titled “Working in China: Breakfast Event” in collaboration with CPA Australia. Despite the event being held in the early morning, we were delighted by the turn out of over 30 people. Held at the HSBC building with a beautiful morning view complemented by amazing breakfast, we had two speakers talk about relevant experiences and perceptions related to working in China. Having extensive experience working in China, Ella talked about the difference in work ethic between Kiwis and Chinese. Rebecca Smith shared some interesting insights about the recent China Perceptions Report by NZ Story. She explored how more young Chinese are becoming confident because of China’s economic market and rate of technological advancement. As Chinese consumers have access to more exports from a variety of countries, New Zealand businesses need a real brand story. In addressing these gaps of knowledge, she encouraged more youth to equip themselves with the knowledge and language skills to help New Zealand businesses succeed in China. Thanks to all who attended our event on Wednesday, we hope waking up so early was worth it. Special thanks to CPA Australia for cooperating and hosting such a great event.

March 9 2019

NZ-China Politics Symposium 2019

NZ-China Politics Symposium 2019

We recently held our launch event, the “NZ China Politics Symposium”. Seven speakers with backgrounds ranging from academia, government and industry all gave their take of what the current relationship is like. Highlights included Dr Stephen Noakes asking us to consider how much we focus on China in the NZ-China relationship, John McKinnon giving us a run-down of the three periods of NZ-China relations and MFAT’s Arun Jain updating us on the current status of the FTA upgrade negotiations. Thank you to all those who attended our first event of the year! Special thanks to North Asia CAPE for their collaboration.

December 1 2018

Christmas in White 2018

Christmas in White 2018

Still haven’t heard of “Christmas in White”? You must have been naughty 🤥, because Christmas came early for the NZCTA YA and Future Dragonz. Think of it as ‘Le Dîner en Blanc’ with a Christmas party twist. Guests were asked to dress up in white and assemble at a chosen location marked by white balloons, to be escorted to an exclusive location! The guests were ushered into a beautifully decorated white room with a photo studio set (our gram feeds were lit), a rocking DJ and the dance floor to dance the night away. The guests had ample opportunities to network, dance, take pics and get generally “lit”. 🥂🍻💃🏻🤳🏻✨Thank you to all who turned up to celebrate. Special thanks to Future Dragonz for co-hosting the event with us.

November 27 2018

Being Chinese in New Zealand – A Conversation with Helene Wong 2018

Being Chinese in New Zealand – A Conversation with Helene Wong 2018

We recently held “Being Chinese in New Zealand” featuring Helene Wong, a book reading and open discussion evening about what it means to be Chinese in New Zealand. The night kicked off with Helene giving a run-through of Chinese New Zealand history, from the poll-tax to the multicultural New Zealand of today. The book reading was followed by an interactive discussion on the complexity of identity: how to embrace and use identity in today’s New Zealand. Thank you to everyone who attended what was a heartwarming night! Special thanks to the New Zealand China Council for making this wonderful event happen and to Unity Books for the bookstall on the night.

October 30 2018

Lights, Camera, Action 2018

Lights, Camera, Action 2018

We recently held “Lights, Camera, Asians!” with Future Dragonz, a film screening and panel discussion about Asian representation in New Zealand. The evening started with screenings of “The Han Chronicles” and “Asian Men Talk About Sex”, two short films that predominantly feature Kiwi Asians. After the screenings, we were honoured to be joined by four creatives who were involved in the films: Chye-Ling Huang, Calvin Sang, Nathan Joe and Mayen Mehta. With discussion led by Nathan Joe, the panellists spent an hour talking about a wide range of topics, from how the films were funded and the technical aspects of the production, to how Asian creatives can get into the industry and overcome the racial barriers in place. Thanks heaps to all who turned up on the night! Special thanks to the New Zealand Asia Institute for their kind sponsorship of the venue, and to the speakers for giving up their time to provide us with their insight.

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