Past Events

VISIT OF DAVID MUNDELL, UK TRADE ENVOY TO NEW ZEALAND  -   20/6/2022

The Rt. Hon David Mundell MP, UK Trade Envoy to New Zealand, visited Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to explore ways to leverage the Free Trade Agreement to grow the UK's business with New Zealand. As part of his programme the BNZBA was delighted to be able to hold a roundtable for David with a group of our members to discuss the opportunities for UK businesses and the areas they need help with to continue to grow their business here. David also took the opportunity to provide an update on the business and economic environment in the UK. Our thanks to David for making time to meet with our members and to David Johnston and the team at DLA Piper for hosting the event and for their support of the BNZBA.

AN UPATE ON THE UK/NEW ZEALAND RELATIONSHIP  -  9/6/2022

Laura Clarke has been British High Commissioner to New Zealand for over 4 years but is soon to be heading back to the UK.  We were delighted therefore to be able to say farewell to Laura at her last formal business engagement in Auckland when she provided an update on the current status of the relationship between the 2 countries as well a look back at the highlights of her time here. Rachel Maidment, Director Auckland for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, acknowledged Laura's time here and the progress made in the relationship as well as providing an update from the New Zealand perspective. We were also joined at this event at AUT by Sam Johnson, a Board Member of the Prince's Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, who spoke about the work of the Trust and the launch of their new seed fund He Kākono. 

WEBINAR - THE CHALLENGES OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN -  23/3/2022

Supply Chains have been disrupted significantly by the impact of the Covid pandemic and more recently the war in Ukraine. This online event featured four experts in the Supply Chain process - Harriet Shelton (Manager Supply Chain Ministry of Transport), Richard Davies (Director HGL), Graham Nelson (GM Logistics TheMarket.com) and Charles Finny (Chair of the Port Company CEO Group) - and was moderated by Sarah Salmond (Partner MinterEllisonRuddWatts). The event covered the challenges and the future outlook for New Zealand's inward, outward and domestic movement of goods in this challenging environment. You can watch the event here

WEBINAR WITH HON DAMIEN O'CONNOR MINISTER FOR TRADE & EXPORT GROWTH - 8/12/2001

Presented in partnership with the BNZ and MFAT, this online event provided Minister O'Connor with an opportunity to provide his thoughts on the importance of the FTA between the UK and New Zealand, as well as to highlight the major benefits that the agreement is expected to bring. The Minister discussed the importance of gaining market access for New Zealand's meat and dairy industries, acknowledging that it will be a number of years before the real benefits start accruing. He also discussed the opportunities for other industries such as technology due to the scale of the UK domestic market. After his address the Minister then took questions from the attendees during which he outlines the process for getting the FTA in place.

ONLINE EVENT WITH CRAIG FENTON, DIRECTOR STRATEGY & OPERATIONS, GOOGLE UK - 7/12/2021

Craig Fenton is a Kiwi who has spent over 20 years in the UK, the last 5 years of that time being with Google in London. Craig provided his thoughts on how the UK is dealing with emerging from the impacts of the Covid pandemic including the opportunities that technology has created to allow people to work from home and across borders. He also highlighted the importance of the UK market to Google and talked about Google's new UK HQ building that is under construction in the Kings Cross area as a demonstration of that commitment. He also talked about Google's focus on the mental health of its employees and the need to be able to measure their wellness. 

BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT IN 2021 - 3/5/2021

With the support of MinterEllisonRuddWatts we brought together a distinguished set of speakers to address business continuity management and the latest trends that businesses are seeing in this area. Simon Jordan of Resilient IT represents global leader the Business Continuity Institute in New Zealand and he took guests through the latest BCI Horizon Scan report which is based on the input from its global membership.  While the Covid pandemic dominated much of the report the risk of cyber attack and systems /telecoms outages remained very high for many organisations and Simon highlighted that 33% of respondents did not see the pandemic as the greatest threat to their business. The report also showed that the impact of the pandemic was seen as a having a greater impact on people rather than profits. Simon was followed by Andrew Curlewis who is Director of Future Programmes at Babock New Zealand. Andrew presented on how Babcock had successfully been able to meet the requirements of its major customer, the New Zealand Navy, during the pandemic which had led to them recently being awarded the Strategic Partnership Award by the Minister of Defence. Our final speaker was Andy Horne, co-leader of the Dispute Resolution team at MinterEllison, who provided a survey of the insurance coverage available and advice on what to be looking out for to ensure businesses are fully protected. If you wish to read the full BCI Horizon Scan 2021 report then it can be found here and a copy of the speakers' presentations are here.

RACE TO ZERO - 25/3/2021

In partnership with the British High Commission the BNZBA presented a panel session on the strategy of the UK and New Zealand governments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in line with the global UN campaign "Race to Zero". Our panel session was facilitated by Jo Simon of DLA Piper and featured Sir Jonathon Porritt (Founder of Forum for the Future), Dr.David Hall (AUT), Rebekah Cain (BNZ), Liz Halsted (Arup) and Sam Pass (British High Commission). Each of the panellists highlighted innovative thinking and action that is happening already but it was made clear that there is no "silver bullet" to fix this crisis.  Among many key messages the most important the audience were asked to take away were the need for developed countries such as the UK and New Zealand to be doing much more as they are well behind in meeting their commitments and for governments and businesses to realise that we have reached the stage of a climate emergency. Our thanks to Arup, BNZ, DLA Piper and the Sustainable Business Network for their support of this event which was part of the build up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow scheduled for this November.

UPDATE ON THE UK/NEW ZEALAND RELATIONSHIP - 23/3/2021

Christchurch members and guests were provided with an update on the relationship between the UK and New Zealand by Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner, and Dale Stephens, Director Maori Partnerships. Laura spoke about progress with the FTA between the 2 countries, the UK's commitment to its policy to combat the impact of climate change which will be framed by the hosting of COP26 later in 2021 and the recent paper produced by the UK Government on the UK's global positioning now it has left the EU which includes a shift of focus towards the Indo-Pacific region. Dale spoke about how NZTE had needed to get much more involved in supporting Kiwi exporters due to the impact of Covid causing freight capacity to become hard to find and the inability of Kiwi businesses to travel to overseas markets. He also highlighted the opportunities for New Zealand's agriculture sector to take advantage of the value that overseas buyer see in New Zealand produce and the realisation by NZTE that they needed to get involved with companies much earlier in their development as that was when they needed most help to access overseas markets.

CHALLENGING INEQUALITY - 17/3/2021

In recognition of International Women's Day the BNZBA was delighted to organise a panel of outstanding women leaders who addressed the issue of inequality and why it is up to all of us to take responsibility for improving the environment we live and work in. British High Commissioner Laura Clarke, Sport NZ Board member Beatrice Faumuina, Leadership NZ CEO Anya Satyanand, and 4 Day Week CEO Charlotte Lockhart each provided insights from their own personal perspectives that clearly motivated the attendees and led to a very good Q&A session. Key recommendations to arise included the need for men and women to share the home workload evenly, the need to embrace what makes us different in a positive way, the importance of putting work in its correct place compared to things like family and our health, and the need to be clear on what kind of New Zealand we want to live in. Our thanks to Hesketh Henry for hosting this event.

END OF THE TRANSITION PERIOD - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR UK/NZ TRADE? - 9/12/2020

This event brought together a panel comprising Colin Leeman, Head of Trade Policy for the UK government in New Zealand, Nicholas Walbridge, Lead Adviser (Trade & Economic) Europe Division at MFAT, Justine Arroll, Trade Strategy Manager at Fonterra, Mike Houlahan, Senior Manager XE.com, and Sarah Salmond, Corporate Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Our panel provided a great insight into the challenges and opportunities that the UK's departure from the EU that will arise for businesses in New Zealand. Our thanks to MinterEllisonRuddWatts for partnering with us on this event. The full event can be viewed here.

 

 

THE IMPLICATIONS OF AN FTA BETWEEN THE UK AND NEW ZEALAND  - 8/7/2020

With the recent announcement of the start of FTA negotiations between the UK and New Zealand the BNZBA was delighted to partner with MinterEllisonRuddWatts to hold a panel session exploring the implications of the FTA for both countries. The distinguished panel featured Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner, Faye Sumner, CEO of MTANZ, Stephanie Honey, International Trade Policy Consultant, and Jason Reeves Head of Export Business  Development at the BNZ. A number of key themes emerged, in particular the desire for this FTA to be leading edge and in particular to include a focus on digital services, climate change, gender equality and SME's. Negotiations start on 13th July and both sides are keen to conclude a deal as early as possible with this being seen as an opportunity to help the UK in its efforts to join the CPTPP. Watch the event here.

THE FUTURE OF WORK - #EACHFOREQUAL  - 6/3/2020

To celebrate International Women's Day the BNZBA held a panel session gender equality featuring a very distinguished panel; Margaret Cox, former Irish senator, Sarah Trotman ONZM, Sarah Lang Infrastrucure NZ, and Charlotte Lockhart, CEO 4 Day Week Foundation. Around 70 members and guests were inspired by our panellists thoughts on what needs to be done to eliminate gender inequality. Key themes included the need to take action not only for self but also for other women and the need for men to be actively involved and supportive of gender equality for it to stand any chance of it being achieved.  This event was recorded and it can be viewed here

BREXIT DONE - WHAT NEXT?  - 4/2/2020

A distinguished panel of Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Michelle Slade, Principal Adviser MFAT, Stephanie Honey, Associate Director NZIBF, Paul Webster, International Services UK DIT, and John Forrest, Head of International Trade DLA Piper, provided BNZBA members and guests an excellent insight into what they might expect to see in the near and longer term as the UK negotiates the terms of its future trading relationship with the EU and the UK and New Zealand commence FTA discussions. The panel covered many aspects of this including the sequencing of the discussions and the ability for the UK and New Zealand to progress some important areas outside of the formal FTA talks. A common theme emerged that whilst in the shorter term there will continue to be a level of uncertainty and the challenges that arise from that, there are in the longer term significant opportunities for both countries to strengthen their trading relationship especially in the areas of services and technology. The BNZBA thanks DLA Piper for their hosting and support of this event.

JAGUAR ART OF PERFORMANCE EVENT - 8/12/2019

A group of BNZBA members were lucky enough to participate in Jaguar's Art of Performance event at Mount Smart Stadium. They were able to spend an afternoon testing their driving skills driving the latest Jaguar vehicles including the new all electric Jaguar I-PACE.  A big thanks to Jaguar for providing our members with this opportunity.

FIRST BNZBA UK INTERN PLACEMENT - 21/11/2019

The BNZBA was delighted to host an event to congratulate Mitchell Donnelly on being the first New Zealand graduate to benefit from the BNZBA's UK internship award. Mitchell is graduating from AUT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and at the start of next year he will be packing his bags for an internship with Babcock UK that will involve maintaining and refitting naval vessels 18,000 kilometres away in Plymouth. The opportunity for Mitchell’s life-changing internship and scholarship was set in motion through a partnership between the BNZBA, Qatar Airways and AUT – who between them are funding Mitchell’s travel expenses to the UK. From there Babcock NZ will sponsor Mitchell through the internship in Plymouth, which will provide him with opportunities to test and build his skills in major civil engineering facilities on the largest naval base in Western Europe. The BNZBA is delighted that is has been able to bring together two members in Babcock and Qatar Airways together with partner organisation AUT to create this opportunity which highlights the strong linkage between New Zealand and the UK. More details of this award are here.

THE 4 DAY WEEK WITH ANDREW BARNES - 18/11/2019

The BNZBA's Christchurch branch were delighted to host Andrew Barnes to speak to members and guests about his campaign to develop the initiative of the 4 Day Week. Andrew explained how this concept has gathered significant momentum, especially internationally such as in countries like the UK, since he first undertook a trial at his Perpetual Guardian business. Whilst highlighting that this initiative is not right for every business, Andrew set out the benefits he had seen at Perpetual in the areas of productivity and more importantly in the wellbeing of the employees. His presentation was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A session demonstrating that this topic is very much of interest to businesses in New Zealand.

RECEPTION WITH THE UK GOVERMENT AT DLA PIPER - 5/11/2019

Thanks to our hosts DLA Piper, BNZBA members enjoyed the opportunity to hear an update on recent UK events from Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner, as well as to hear feedback from attendees on two recent trade delegations to the UK. Simon Yarrow of Callaghan Innovation spoke about the Agritech mission, where 20+ New Zealand agritech businesses, researchers and capability providers visited the UK and Ireland to understand more about the UK’s agri industries, farming systems, research and innovation, and opportunities for collaboration.  The group visited the 16,000-hectare Waitrose Farm; the Hands Free Hectare Project – the first in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop with only drones and autonomous vehicles; the Royal Agricultural University and Farm491 – an agri innovation and incubation site. The week culminated in a visit to the UK Dairy Day in Telford, a dedicated annual one-day event for the dairy industry featuring over 300 exhibitors, demonstrations and seminars. It was a hugely successful week and since returning Agritech New Zealand has begun discussions to establish a formal landing pad for in-bound New Zealand agritech companies in the UK. Binu Paul, founder of Savvykiwi, then spoke about the Australia New Zealand Fintech Mission to LendIt Europe, the continent’s leading event in Financial Services Innovation. The mission was organised in partnership with FinTechNZ and FinTech Australia and was the first Trans-Tasman mission that DIT has organised. Thirteen companies participated from across Australia and New Zealand and benefited from building closer connections with fellow fintech’s and entrepreneurs on the mission. A programme of meetings was organised with the UK’s fintech ecosystem, to understand how they invest in and work strategically with established businesses. 

"BEST OF BRITISH INFRASTRUCTURE MINDS" - 22/10/2019

The BNZBA, the UK Department for International Trade and Infrastructure New Zealand hosted their second annual “Curry and a Pint” thought leadership event. It was hosted by UK industry leaders Mott MacDonald at their offices at the Mason Bros building. This year the conversation centred on New Zealand’s housing sector; its challenges, the opportunities it presents and the creative solutions being employed elsewhere such as the UK. This theme tied in with the UK’s world-class capability in the housing sector and Infrastructure New Zealand’s policy priority of ‘Enabling Scaled Development of Housing Infrastructure to Meet Growth’. Industry experts Aimee Barwick (Mott MacDonald), Will Fairbairn (Mace Group) and Liz Halsted (Arup) discussed critical success factors and recommendations for New Zealand. The discussion was moderated by Marija Batistich from Kensington Swan. After the panel discussion, thanks to the generosity of hosts Mott MacDonald guests got to network while enjoying that well known British tradition of a “curry and a pint”.

"A COMMONWEALTH OF COMMON VALUES" BY LAURA CLARKE, BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER - 3/9/2019

At a joint event between the BNZBA and the Royal Commonwealth Society, the British High Commissioner addressed the values and opportunities that the Commonwealth group of countries offer. Laura Clarke provided a fascinating insight into how the shared ties of language, history, legal system and values have created a connection between people. She referenced the work that the UK and New Zealand are doing within the Commonwealth, especially in the Pacific region, and the positive signs of the Commonwealth attracting more attention and greater focus now. The full text of her address can be found here.

SIR HOWARD BERNSTEIN EVENT -  19/8/2019

Sir Howard spoke about his time as leader of Manchester City Council and how they devised a plan to regenerate the city centre to make it an attractive place for people to live as well as work. Key to the success was taking a long term strategic view of what Manchester needed to change and then to get buy in from all the stakeholders as it sought to move away from a history of being a centre for manufacturing and traditional industries. The result of that plan is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe which is home to a wide range of new industries as well as being a cultural and sporting hub. Sir Howard also provided his thoughts on the possible outcomes of the Brexit vote and its impact on the different regions in the UK.

CHRISTCHURCH BRANCH NETWORKING EVENT - 23/7/2019

The BNZBA Christchurch branch were delighted to hold their second event featuring two speakers, kindly hosted by BNZ. First was Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist, who provided his thoughts on the New Zealand and UK economies. He was then followed by Lisa Burdes of the Canterbury employers Chamber of Commerce talking about the importance of retaining skilled migrant workers. 

"OCEANS APART? THE UK AND THE PACIFIC" - AN ADDRESS BY LAURA CLARKE, BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER. -  2/7/2019

Laura Clarke presented her thoughts on the importance of the relationship between the UK and the Pacific Island states to an audience made up of members of the BNZBA, the NZ  Institute of International Affairs and the NZ India Trade Alliance. Laura highlighted the new UK diplomatic posts created in Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu as evidence of the global aspirations of the UK and its desire to join in with Australia and New Zealand's efforts to assist the Pacific Islands to develop further. She also talked about the conservation and climate change work that the UK is focusing on the Pacific region including the recent efforts to remove plastic from the beaches on Henderson Island. 

LAUNCH OF ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019  - 29/5/2019

In partnership with the New Zealand India Trade Alliance and Eden Park the BNZBA were delighted to host a panel session featuring Black Cap, Jeet Raval, NZ Cricket High Performance GM, Bryan Stronach, and CEO of the Cricket Players Association, Heath Mills. Between them they were able to present a fascinating insight into the preparation that goes into participating in one of the world's largest sporting events. 

LAUNCH OF BNZBA BRANCH IN CHRISTCHURCH  -  23/5/2019

Around 80 guests celebrated the launch of the BNZBA's Christchurch branch by listening to presentations by Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner, and Jason Reeves, Head of Export Business Development at BNZ. Both were positive about the relationship going forward whilst acknowledging the short term challenges caused by the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process and the UK political scene. Attendees were invited to join the BNZBA and to look out for the Branch's next event focusing on recruiting staff from the UK.

BREXIT UPDATE - 3/4/2019

Around 100 BNZBA members and guests of Russell McVeagh were able to receive a Brexit update from a distinguished panel featuring Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner, Vangelis Vitalis, First Secretary Economic and Trade MFAT, Simon Mowatt, Head of Department - International Business, Strategy & Entrepreneurship at AUT, Sarah Salmond, Head of International Trade at Russell McVeagh. Attendees were taken through the key Brexit options that remain possible and their respective risks to New Zealand businesses trading with the UK and the EU.  

SIR MALCOLM GRANT ON THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE  - 20/3/2019

Sir Malcolm left the South Island over 40 years ago since when he has enjoyed a very successful career in the education sector in the UK but his most recent role was to be the Founding Chair of the National Health Service in England. Based on his 7 years in that role Sir Malcolm was able to provide a fascinating insight into the challenges of running one of the largest organisations in the world with over 1 million employees and an annual budget matching New Zealand's GDP. 

DEVELOPING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND -  6/3/2019

The BNZBA Young professionals Initiative partnered with the Awhi Network created by Home Recruitment to host an evening with Maggie Eyre to help attendees develop their personal brand Maggie has over 30 years experience in international business communications including presentation skills and leadership coaching. During the evening Maggie highlighted the importance of developing your personal brand, went through some of the benefits and pitfalls of using social media and got the attendees to carry out a series of exercises which will help them be more confident in interview situations in the future. 

CHRISTINA BLACKLAWS, PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF ENGLAND AND WALES - 25/1/2019

A group of BNZBA members in the legal industry were able to hear the views of Christina Blacklaws during her recent visit to New Zealand as she talked through the challenges and opportunities arising out of Brexit for the legal industry in the UK. She also sought local input as to areas where working practices between the two countries could be improved as the UK embarks on negotiating an FTA with New Zealand. Healthy discussion ensued about the ability for UK qualifications to be more readily recognized here and also the opportunities for UK law firms to become active in the local law scene. 

BREXIT UPDATE  -  28/11/2018

Over 100 BNZBA and Russell McVeagh invitees attended a panel session held at Russell McVeagh focusing on the challenges and opportunities arising out of the Brexit process in the UK. The four speakers were Anthony Simpson, Unit Manager Europe Division at MFAT, Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of New Zealand International Business Forum, Sarah Salmond, Special Counsel - Head of International Trade at Russell McVeagh, and Adrian Grant, Co-Founder and Executive Director of 9 Spokes. The panelists presented their thoughts on the challenges arising out of the uncertainty of the Brexit process and Anthony Simpson recommended businesses closely follow the UK Parliament vote on 11th December which could lead to further uncertainty if , as currently expected, the proposed Withdrawal Agreement is rejected by UK MP's. The risks to New Zealand businesses of such a decision were highlighted by Sarah Salmond, ranging from the need to thoroughly review all components of their supply chain through to close examination of any contracts to understand the risks and liabilities that might arise if the UK exits the EU in a disorderly way. Stephen Jacobi presented the key findings of the NZIBF's recent survey of the New Zealand business sector including the opportunities that an FTA with the UK could generate and Adrian Grant spoke about how his company had been able to use the scale of the UK market to build a global business without being impacted by the Brexit negotiations, something that they would not have been able to do from New Zealand. The presentations by Sarah Salmond and Stephen Jacobi as well as the NZIBF's report can be found below:

Sarah Salmond presentation

Stephen Jacobi presentation

NZIBF UK FTA report 

LAUNCH OF THE PRINCE'S TRUST IN NEW ZEALAND - 2/10/2018

The BNZBA was delighted to join with member DLA Piper to support the launch of the Prince's Trust in New Zealand. Around 70 guests heard Clive Alderton, Principal Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, and Sir Lloyd Dorfman, Chair of the Prince's Trust International, describe how the Trust has become the leading charity in the UK helping disadvantaged young people to find jobs, start their own businesses and improve their lives considerably. As well as the obvious impact on the beneficiaries of the Trust, they also highlighted the economic value the Trust's work has created for the UK economy in taking disenfranchised young people and turning them into valuable, contributing members of the community. Then Anya Satyanand, newly apppointed CEO of the Trust in New Zealand, explained how they will be using the experience developed in the UK to customise programmes to be rolled out for young people in New Zealand. The Trust is keen to work with the business community as it will be a key element of these programmes. 

WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THE KIWI OE - 21/8/2018

This was the launch of the BNZBA's Young Professionals Initiative and featured 5 great speakers - Sir Lockwood Smith, Laura Clarke (British High Commissioner), Bryce Check (Kiwis in Property) and two recently returned Kiwis from their OE, Minta Smith and Matt Holton. Our speakers went through the challenges since the  Brexit voteand opportunities of an OE in the UK, in particular in London and the conclusion was that whilst there are the challenges of finding the right role, settling in to as new city etc, the opportunities an OE in London offered were still very worthwhile. Many of the attendees were already advanced in their OE plans and so Bryce Check was able to offer some valuable help through his network of Kiwis working in London and Minta and Matt were able to give their personal accounts of their time there. 

SIR RAY AVERY ON "NEW ZEALAND - THE CLEVER COUNTRY" - 5/7/2018

Sir Ray treated members and guest to an inspiring talk on why New Zealanders have the creative and innovative qualities needed to make significant changes in the world. He described his own journey from growing up an orphan in the UK to arriving in New Zealand in 1973 and then becoming one of our leading philanthropists, scientists and innovators. He then spoke about his latest project to improve the healthcare of babies in the poorer developing countries by use of his LifePod incubator which is low cost and designed to operate in the most challenging of conditions. His target is to raise sufficient funding to save a million babies and the campaign is centred on a telethon and a Live Aid style event at Eden Park on the Waitangi Day weekend next year. You can learn more here.

THE BEST OF BRITISH INFRASTRUCTURE MINDS - 31/05/2018

The BNZBA in partnership with Infrastructure NZ and the UK Department for International Trade brought together at EY's offices around 100 members of the Auckland business and infrastructure community to hear a distinguished panel of leading players in the industry talk about how they have been able to apply their UK experience and expertise in New Zealand. They covered a wide range of topics from financing through to risk management and project management before fielding questions from the audience. The event was then followed with an excellent networking session over a traditional Curry and a Pint.