Latest Newsletter - June 2022

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Farewell to HE Laura Clarke OBE

At our event earlier this month members were able to say farewell to British High Commissioner Laura Clarke at her last formal business engagement in Auckland before returning to the UK. Laura took the opportunity to reflect on her 4 1/2 years in New Zealand which have included many notable events. These included the signing of the Free Trade Agreement and the repatriation of thousands of Brits stranded here when the border closed due to Covid. Laura also highlighted how wonderful it has been for her Kiwi husband to be able to spend time in his home country and for her 3 children to be able to make New Zealand their other home. BNZBA President, Phil Wood, thanked Laura for all of her support as a patron of the Association and presented her with a gift on behalf of the membership. We wish Laura well in her new role back in London and hope to see her back in New Zealand as a regular visitor. 

Trade news

Visit of David Mundell, UK Trade Envoy to New Zealand

Recently the UK's Trade Envoy to New Zealand, David Mundell MP, visited Auckland and Wellington to participate in a series of meetings focused on the trade and broader strategic gains from the UK-NZ FTA. Included in David's programme were meetings with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O'Connor to explore opportunities for collaboration.
He also participated in a roundtable with a group of BNZBA members to discuss the opportunities and challenges for UK businesses operating in New Zealand. Opportunities in the tech sector such as agritech and climate tech were identified, as well as other wider opportunities across the services sector where the UK has significant expertise and experience. Our thanks to DLA Piper for hosting this event. 

Free Trade Agreement presented to New Zealand Parliament

New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor introduced to Parliament the United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill on 22 June 2022 for its first reading. The purpose of this omnibus bill is to amend New Zealand law as part of implementing the FTA between New Zealand and the UK. The Bill will need to be progressed through a Select Committee, a second reading and then the Committee of the Whole House stage before its third reading and then receiving Royal Assent. The full Bill can be read here.  

Kiwi delegation visits London Tech Week

London Tech Week is the largest European tech festival with 20,000 participants and over 300 speakers. This year 14 Kiwi innovative tech scale ups visited the event as part of an exclusive programme put together by the Department for International Trade to assist Kiwi tech companies access the UK market which is the 4th largest global centre for tech investment. More information on the visit here.  

Franchising Opportunities in New Zealand

The annual sales turnover for the entire franchising sector in New Zealand is over $50 billion each year. The BNZBA recently chatted with long time member and leading franchise lawyer Stewart Germann about the market and the opportunities for UK businesses here. Stewart has over 40 years experience in the franchising sector and is a former Chair of the Franchising Association of New Zealand. Watch the interview here

BNZBA Member News

Land Rover supports SIr John Kirwan and the wellbeing of young people in New Zealand

Land Rover New Zealand have partnered with Sir John Kirwan to support him as he embarks on a journey to help change the face of mental health in Aotearoa for the future wellbeing of our young people. The team at Land Rover New Zealand have provided him with a Land Rover Defender 90 to complete the estimated 2,100km drive across the country from Auckland to Invercargill. Along the way Sir John will be speaking at eight open community events, the first one being on 1st July at Ponsonby Primary School. Sir John's target is to raise enough money to roll out his charitable initiative Mitey to 40 more schools to help over 11,000 Kiwi kids. Head to to find out more, or text 'MITEY' to 2449 for an instant $3 donation.

Largest 4 Day Week pilot commences in the UK

The concept of the 4 Day Week where employees get paid 100% of their pay for 80% of the time first received global coverage after being launched in New Zealand with Perpetual Guardian but has now been well received in a number of overseas markets. In the UK there are currently 70 companies with over 3000 workers participating in a pilot programme organised by the 4 Day Week Global Foundation that was established by Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart. This is the biggest ever four-day week pilot to take place anywhere in the world so far and will run for 6 months with support from leading think tank Autonomy, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign, and researchers at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College. Read more about the UK pilot here and listen to Charlotte talk about the programme on the That Wellbeing @ Work Show here

Climate Action news

Arup, Nanogirl and Sustainable Forces

Arup have partnered with Nanogirl, Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) in a new podcast series Sustainable Forces to explore how people across the globe join hands to shape a better world through sustainable development. In the first episode Dr Michelle Dickinson is joined by Rory Martin, Sustainability Manager for Frasers Property Australia and Kerryn Coker, Arup’s Australasia Co-Chair who discuss the huge changes needed to our houses, offices and schools and the way we live in them to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Listen here.

BNZ and Southern Pastures lead the way

BNZ has announced an agribusiness sustainability linked loan (SLL) product, claimed to be the first of its type available to farmers and part of BNZ's target of achieving $10 billion of sustainable finance by 2025. The SLL was pioneered by BNZ with BNZBA member Southern Pastures through a $50 million loan that focused on the environmental performance of their 20 farms. Read more about this innovative finance here

UK news

Census results for England and Wales

The first results from the census held in England and Wales last year have been announced and some key numbers are:

  • the overall population had grown by 6.3% to just under 60 million since the last census in 2011 taking the total UK population to almost 67 million
  • all regions in England and Wales showed an increase with the biggest regional increase being in the east of England at 8.3% and the lowest in Wales at only 1.4%
  • people under 15 years declined slightly as a percentage of the population at 17.4% but over 65's grew from 16.4% to 18.6%
  • in London the boroughs of Chelsea and Westminster saw declines in population but Tower Hamlets had a 22% growth

New Members

Handi Media
Maureen Benson-Rea (University of Auckland)
Richard Eggleston (First AML)
Rob Sloan (Trustees Executors Ltd)
Leigh Barrett (Jackson Russell)

Past Newsletters

May 2022 - in this issue

  • NZ UK FTA in Queen's Speech
  • Interviews on the benefits and opportunities of an OE in the UK
  • Member News -  Turner & Townsend, Land Rover, OCS, Tonkin + Taylor, Prince's Trust Aotearoa New Zealand
  • SBN launches guide for nature regeneration 
  • UK news - Queen's Platinum Jubilee, 
  • Read here


April 2022 - in this issue

  • NZ UK FTA Public Engagement Session
  • Interview with Clint Heine of Kiwis in London
  • Member News -  Wild in Art, Qatar Airways, Waiheke Distilling, Art in the Park, Jaguar Land Rover, Emma Lewisham
  • SBN launches a new business directory to connect circular economy solutions
  • UK news - UK launches British Energy Security Strategy
  • Read here

March 2022 - in this issue

  • MFAT National Interest Analysis
  • International Women's Day Interviews
  • Member News -  Turner & Townsend, Qatar Airways, Bobux, Hydrock
  • SBN's Climate Action Toolbox
  • UK news - Covid guidelines
  • Read here

February 2022 - in this issue

  • Signing of the FTA
  • Member News -  OCS, Emma Lewisham, 4 Day Week, First Capital Financial Services
  • Spotlight on Chris Paykel of Qatar Airways
  • UK Gov news - new High Commissioner, Race to Zero
  • Read here

January 2022 - in this issue

  • Webinar with Craig Fenton of Google UK
  • Member News -  HamiltonJet, Emma Lewisham, GBPensions
  • British Chambers news - launch of Trade Manifesto
  • Read here

November 21 - in this issue

  • COP 26 Headlines
  • UK government environmental news 
  • Spotlight on Mayurie Gunatilaka Group Leader NZ Arup
  • BNZBA member environment stories
  • Read here

October 21 - in this issue

  • UK News -  FTA agreed in principle, Changes to travel rules
  • Member News - Jaguar Land Rover, Arup, DLA Piper, Qatar Airways, MinterEllison
  • Spotlight on Burcu Senel, CEO HSBC NZ
  • British Chambers news - Response to October Budget, Response to UK Government's announcements on Net Zero
  • Read here

September 21 - in this issue

  • UK News -  CPTPP, Global Trade Outlook, Freeports
  • Member News - OCS, Eden Park, Qatar Airways, MinterEllison
  • Spotlight on Toni Truslove, CEO Kea
  • Other News - Drop your boss, Kiwis In Property, 
  • Read here

August 21 - in this issue

  • UK News -  new UK Trade Envoy, FTA beneficiaries
  • Member News - OCS, Art in the Park
  • Spotlight on Nick Sautner, CEO Eden Park
  • Other News - British Beers, Drop your boss, Kiwis In Property, 
  • Read here

July 21 - in this issue

  • UK Government News -  Perception Survey, Beervana
  • Member News - Christchurch  branch, 4 Day Week Global, Greenmount Advisory, Turner & Townsend
  • Spotlight on Andrew Barnes
  • Other News - Drop your boss, Kiwis In Property, 
  • Read here

June 21 - in this issue

  • UK Government News - FTA Progress, UK starts CPTPP negotiations, IGS wins award,
  • Member News - AUT partnership, Bobux, Home Recruitment
  • Other News - Kiwis In Property, BoB Earth presentations, 
  • Read here

May 21 - in this issue

  • UK Government News - Trade update, Lord Mayor of London, Sir Jonathon Porritt
  • Member News - Board appointments, Turner & Townsend
  • Other News - Women in Governance awards, 
  • Read here





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