The New Zealand China Council is a NZ led and funded organisation which acts as a cross-sector, peak body for the New Zealand China relationship. The NZ China Council Podcast provides insight on the relationship, featuring perspectives from across the business, academic and political communities.
John Cochrane on his China Tech journey
This podcast is a recording of a New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) and North Asia CAPE technology focused breakfast seminar featuring John Cochrane, General Manager of Facteon Intelligent Technology. John has had a fascinating China journey, working across both the private and public sectors on China focused business.
John was CEO of Beijing-based Commtest, which produces vibration-analysis instruments, from 2002-2011. At Commtest John assembled and led a 100% local team that converted large Chinese SOEs into customers, and oversaw the firm’s successful acquisition by GE. From 2012-2016, John was New Zealand Trade Commissioner to South China based in Guangzhou, where he interacted with approximately 180 companies and supported NZD 145 million of new product sales into the region. John sought a move back home in 2017 and worked for a period as Head of Business Attraction for ATEED, where he deepened the Auckland-Guangzhou-LA ‘Tripartite’ relationship.
John is now General Manager of Facteon (formerly Fisher & Paykel Production Machinery Ltd), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Haier. At Facteon, John leads an Auckland-based team working closely with its Chinese parent
Thanks to both NZCTA and North Asia CAPE for sharing John’s talk on our platform.
A conversation with Australia-China expert James Laurenceson
How has the Australia-China relationship changed over the last few years? What has been the impact of the spill-over of politics into the economic realm? Have views on China become more polarised, and what is the impact of increased tensions on Australia’s Chinese community?
These are some of the topics covered in our wide-ranging discussion with Professor James Laurenceson - an economist and the Director of the Australian China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Laurenceson’s academic research has been published in international peer reviewed journals. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and East Asia Forum.
NZCCRC Webinar: The Chinese economy: new policies, challenges and directions
This podcast is a webinar from the NZ Contemporary China Research Centre's annual conference, which brings together leading scholars to examine key issues in China studies for New Zealand. In this webinar David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Centre at the Brookings Institute, discusses the challenges for the Chinese economy in light of the global recession and trade tensions with the United States.
Professor Dollar sets out his views on China's demographic challenges, the rural urban divide, innovation and technology, finance and external challenges.
Tune in to hear Professor’s Dollar’s talk. You can also learn more about NZCCRC here: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/chinaresearchcentre
Mark Tanner’s China Market Insights
“A lot of these Chinese companies are just much more dynamic and take more of a Lean Start-up approach. And I think as New Zealand companies exporting, we need to be aware of the way they operate. And in some cases, try and replicate some of the structural advantages.”
What are the current consumer trends in China? How are New Zealand businesses tracking, and what could they be doing better? How are Chinese businesses succeeding in the market, and what can we learn from them? These are some of the questions discussed in our podcast with New Zealander Mark Tanner, Founder and Managing Director of Shanghai based market strategy and research agency China Skinny. China Skinny is the world’s most widely read marketing newsletter on Chinese consumers, and Mark is an in-demand keynote speaker addressing audiences across the globe.
NZTE’s Regional Director provides an update from China
How are Kiwi companies faring in China? How has trade been tracking over this unprecedented period? In this podcast, you will hear on the ground insights from NZTE Regional Director for Greater China, Fiona Acheson. Fiona provides an update on recent big events in the China trade calendar (including the China International Import Expo, and Singles’ Day), notes key trends (including China’s rapidly evolving digital landscape), and highlights some new initiatives NZTE has developed to assist kiwi exporters.
Mohammed Hikmet: Taking autonomous vehicles to the world!
Pakuranga, an eastern suburb in Auckland, is probably not the first place you’d expect to find a disruptive technology business. This is, however, exactly where you find HMI Technology’s bustling head office. HMI’s autonomous vehicle Ohmio is designed in NZ, manufactured in China, and exported to a range of international markets.
In this podcast, you will hear HMI’s founder and Executive Chairman Mohammed Hikmet describe the challenges and opportunities presented by autonomous vehicles. Mohammed explains HMI’s longstanding connection to China, including his experience initially owning a factory which manufactures dynamic electronic signs, to now constructing a new 8,000 sqm custom facility to produce autonomous vehicles. Mohammed also sets out the environment needed to enable him to grow his business internationally, describes how his team works across markets, and articulates the advantages of being a New Zealand owned business.
China Skinny podcast fascinating!
Really enjoyed the podcast with Mark Tanner. Great insights into the China market and his experience with global brands.