Latest Newsletter - January 2024

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Trade News

UK Government to undertake Roadshow in March for UK exporters to New Zealand

The UK Government will be running an Australia and New Zealand roadshow across the UK from 6-14 March to promote the Free Trade Agreements between the UK and the two countries. Through this two-week programme UK exporters will discover opportunities in Australia and New Zealand and receive export support from the UK's Department for Business and Trade. The UK already exports £16bn worth of goods and services to the two markets – and this is only set to grow further with the Free Trade Agreements. More information on the roadshow venues and agendas here. 

MFAT report on changes to UK customs processes

The United Kingdom is making a range of changes to its customs regime under the recently announced Border Target Operating Model (BTOM). The intention is to simplify, digitise and over time, deliver border controls through the UK's new Single Trade Window. It will also implement the same controls on imports from European Union countries as those from non-EU countries. Read the MFAT report of these changes here

Your opportunity to provide feedback to the UK Government on CPTPP

The UK Government has launched a 6-week public consultation for the General Review of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement.and wants to hear from businesses in the Asia Pacific region including New Zealand on how CPTPP can be enhanced. CPTPP is already a high standards agreement, and that is the basis on which the UK applied to join. Any changes made as a result of the review will therefore be targeted and focused, requiring consensus from all members. This period of public engagement is open from Thursday 11 January to 22 February. More information and submission here


BNZBA Member News

Harmony Energy announces jv for New Zealand's largest solar farm

Global renewable energy infrastructure developer, Harmony Energy Limited has entered a joint venture with First Renewables Limited, part of New Zealand energy group Clarus (formerly Firstgas Group) to develop and own New Zealand’s largest solar farm - the Tauhei Solar Farm. The solar farm is designed to generate over 270 GWh per year, enough renewable electricity to supply the equivalent of approximately 35,000 New Zealand homes. At the time of commissioning, this would make the development likely to be the largest solar farm in New Zealand, with approximately 330,000 solar panels planned to be installed on 182 hectares near Te Aroha in the North Island. This marks a huge milestone for UK-based Harmony Energy’s growth into New Zealand, First Renewables, and the future of renewable energy in New Zealand and across the globe. Read more about this exciting development here

Babcock presents its solution for the Royal New Zealand Navy

In response to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence’s industry engagement request to inform the development of the next Defence Capability Plan, Babcock has formally presented its proven Arrowhead platform as the future solution for the RNZN. Babcock has offered a solution which allows for a mixture of Arrowhead 140, General Purpose and Modular Naval vessels, delivering a comprehensive range of capabilities for the RNZN. Read more about the Arrowhead 140 and its capabilities here

Cooks Coffee announces strong sales growth in the UK and Ireland

Cooks reported sales for the calendar year to 31 December in the UK and Ireland to be up by nearly 16% at £26.9m with its number of retail outlets increasing by 9 stores to 71 across the two countries. December store sales reached record levels and further growth is expected this year with another 6-8 stores expected to open in Q1. Read more here.  

Eden Park launches two limited edition fragrances.

Eden Park has launched two limited edition fragrances - Number One and Garden of Eden by Eden Park, New Zealand, in collaboration with Miller Road Fragrances. Created with input from staff in the home change room, these scents will transport you to the heart of our venue, where you’ll be reminded of the experience of being at Eden Park, the memorable moments and of course the hallowed turf. The Stadium Collection is a celebration of the venue's rich history, its commitment to excellence and innovation and creating unique experiences for everyone who walks through its gates. Eden Park invite you to indulge your senses, explore the layers and allow the scent of these exclusive fragrances to weave stories of passion, dedication, and triumph. Shop the fragrances here.

BNZBA member features in Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024

The Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024 has just been announced and includes BNZBA member Andrew Barnes for his work in pioneering the development and adoption of the 4 Day Week in a rapidly growing number of businesses globally. "This is an exciting group of up-and-coming management thinkers who have attracted our attention and, we believe, will make an impact with their ideas, their research, and their commitment to making the world a better place,” explained Thinkers50 co-founder, Stuart Crainer. Sustainability and AI are key themes for 2024, as is making workplaces wholly inclusive. This year’s Radar features business thinkers from the worlds of fashion, retail, branding, and communications, as well as statisticians, neuroscientists, and platform practitioners, from the Nordics to New Zealand, and Asia to America. See the full list here.

Other member news:

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will now be able to use their Avios at the O2 in London to access its new VIP members’ club, The NinetyThird by Qatar Airways.  Privilege Club members will also have exclusive access to tickets for events through Privilege Club Collection, a new platform offering the opportunity to bid from a selection of curated experiences. Read more here. 
Duncan Cotterill partner and BNZBA Board member Nicola Tiffen has been selected as one of the world's leading immigration practitioners in the Lexology - Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Corporate Immigration 2024 report. Nicola is a specialist immigration lawyer, with over 20 years of experience, and leads Duncan Cotterill’s national immigration team across their five offices. 
Grimshaw's Katarzyna Jurkiewicz and Harriet Oswald have contributed an article "Changing with Grace" to Edition 3 of The Architect, the Australian Institute of Architect’s Victorian publication decribing how adaptive re-design has informed Grimshaw’s design processes for nearly 50 years, beginning with the extremely innovative approach taken to anticipating and accommodating future building use of the 1976 Herman Miller Factory in Bath, England. Read the article here.
Turner & Townsend have published their Q3 Market Intelligence report for Australia and New Zealand. This delivers comparable construction data across  Australia plus Auckland and Christchurch featuring analysis of cost escalation, foreign exchange forecasts, key price indicators and supply chain factors. Read the report here. 
Anthony HarperDLA Piper and MinterEllisonRuddWatts all had members of their teams make the Top 10 Most Influential Financial Services Lawyers in New Zealand for 2023 according to Business Today News. A special congratulations to Lloyd Kavenagh for heading the list. You can see the full list here.  



Sustainability and Climate Change news


Make a submission to the FTA Environment and Climate Sub Committee

The NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement Environment and Climate Sub-Committee is required to meet within one year of entry into force, and is scheduled to meet on 13 March 2024. You can find the Environment chapter of the FTA (Chapter 22) on the MFAT website here. The main functions of the committee (Article 22.20 Institutional Arrangements) are to:

  • monitor and review the implementation of the Chapter, and report periodically to the FTA's Joint-Committee; and
  • establish priorities for cooperation and review cooperative activities undertaken pursuant to this Chapter.

MFAT welcomes submissions regarding issues of interest in the implementation of this Chapter by February 12 2024. You can find the guidance on how to make a submission on the Ministry's website here.

What's covered in the ISO Net Zero guidelines

According to BSI Group over 1200 organizations and individuals from over 100 countries helped craft the ISO Net Zero Guidelines, making them a truly international document. Developed through the International Workshop Agreement (IWA) process, the Guidelines are consensus-led, drawing on a global range of expertise, established guidance, and best practice. This international approach means they can support organizations of any size and in any jurisdiction in setting and achieving credible net zero goals. Discover here how the guidelines established a standardized approach to achieving net zero targets, and limiting global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees.

New Members

This month we are delighted to welcome

Aotearoa Film Festivals Ltd

First Capital Financial Services




Past Newsletters

November 2023 - in this issue

  • OCS reaches 10 year milestone
  • NZTE offer tips on selling F&B products to the UK
  • Member News -  Arup, Tataki Auckland Unlimited, Turner & Townsend
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

October 2023 - in this issue

  • NZTE report on how the New Zealand tech sector is viewed overseas
  • The Science Lab at the End of the World
  • Member News -  Babcock, Paul Beare, Southern Pastures, Admin Army, Arup, DLA Piper
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

September 2023 - in this issue

  • UK-NZ FTA development on qualifications
  • The UK enacts legislation to digitalise trade documentation
  • Member News -  Jaguar Land Rover, Hazel Barlow, Emma Lewisham, Paul Beare, Method Recycling
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

August 2023 - in this issue

  • NZTE on selling f&b into the UK
  • The UK enacts legislation to digitalise trade documentation
  • Member News -  BSI, Babcock, Duncan Cotterill, Turner Hopkins, Cooks Coffee, MinterEllison, 
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

July 2023 - in this issue

  • UK joins CPTPP
  • The UK enacts legislation to digitalise trade documentation
  • Member News -  Casey Wishart, Qatar Airways, Paul Beare, Turner Hopkins
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

May 2023 - in this issue

  • FTA enters into force 
  • The Future of Shipping
  • Member News -  Lewis Road Creamery, Paul Beare, Supply Chain Solutions
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

April 2023 - in this issue

  • David Mundell re-appointed UK Trade Envoy
  • MFAT reviews digital trade policy
  • Member News -  Sunrise Coaching, Waiheke Distilling, JMI Wealth, BNZ, Southern Pastures
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

March 2023 - in this issue

  • Latest news on the FTA, UK joins CPTPP
  • Upgraded young people mobility schemes
  • Member News -  BSI, Babcock, Augment, Flagstaff Gallery
  • Other news - British Council news
  • Read here

February 2023 - in this issue

  • Latest news on the FTA
  • UK suspends import duties
  • Member News -  4 Day Week, Eightwire. BSI, MinterEllison
  • Other news - British Council involved in Light from Tate exhibition
  • Read here

January 2023 - in this issue

  • Latest news on the FTA
  • BSI's 2023 Supply Chain Risk Insights report
  • Member News -  Halo Financial, Paul Beare, Lewis Road Creamery
  • Other news - Light from Tate exhibition opening
  • Read here

November 2022 - in this issue

  • Latest news on the FTA
  • Removing Trade Barriers is key to UK economic growth
  • Member News -  Cooks Coffee, Waiheke Distilling, BSI, OCS
  • Other news - Stonehenge Exhibition opening
  • Read here

October 2022 - in this issue

  • UK Parliament reviewing Electronic Trade Documents Bill
  • Removing Trade Barriers is key to UK economic growth
  • Member News -  Jaguar, Arup, Belinda Bullock
  • Grant Thornton and the circular economy 
  • Other news - Phil Goff appointed High Commissioner to the UK
  • Read here




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