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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.

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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.

    Growth and Exposure: How to Assess the New Zealand-China Trade Relationship in 2022?

    Growth and Exposure: How to Assess the New Zealand-China Trade Relationship in 2022?

    In late April the New Zealand China Council released a report commissioned from Sense Partners, “In Perspective: The New Zealand-China Trade and Business Relationship 2022 Update”. Amongst other findings, the report confirmed that China’s share of New Zealand’s global goods exports reached 32.6% in 2021.

    How we assess this situation and what it means for our exporters were the key themes of a webinar marking the launch of the report. The webinar included a briefing by report author John Ballingall, and a discussion with Andy Wotton, Chief Operating Officer at Kono, and Simon Tucker, Fonterra’s Director Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Affairs and Trade, moderated by Council Executive Director Alistair Crozier.

    This podcast is a recording of the webinar, which was jointly hosted by the Council and the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence.

    • 40 min
    Launching the Southern Link

    Launching the Southern Link

    The Southern Link places New Zealand in the middle of a global value chain connecting Asia and South America, generating growth in trade, tourism and export opportunities.

    Transiting via New Zealand offers the shortest air route between many major cities on the two continents, along with time zone advantages and efficient hubbing and servicing.

    The NZCC commissioned a report on the Southern Link to quantify the Link’s economic benefits, and identify New Zealand's advantages and the challenges we will need to overcome to harness this opportunity.

    In this podcast, we discuss the findings with report author Chris Nixon - NZIER Principal Economist, Lionel Berte - Head of Asia Pacific for Asendia (an international mail joint venture between French La Poste and Swiss Post), Steve Jones - NZTE’s Regional Director for Latin America, and Justin Watson - Christchurch Airport’s Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer.

    • 31 min
    International education update: “The time is now”

    International education update: “The time is now”

    A year on, we reconnect with the education sector to discuss the impact of Covid-19. Our guests, Derek McCormack (Vice Chancellor - AUT), Danny Chan (Co-founder - ACG and Director - UP Education) and Ainslie Moore (Deputy Director – International, Auckland University) discuss the impact of Covid-19 on their institutions, explain how they have pivoted, how competitors have fared, and the next steps New Zealand needs to take to re-charge the sector.

    • 27 min
    Kiri Nathan on fashion, cultural connection and what resonates with consumers

    Kiri Nathan on fashion, cultural connection and what resonates with consumers

    Kiri Nathan is the founder of her eponymous clothing brand Kiri Nathan Ltd. Kiri has been travelling to China for years, a journey that started with sourcing fabric from one of the world’s largest textile markets. In this podcast we speak with Kiri about her China experience, including taking a hīkoi of young designers to market - which has led to the development of NZ’s inaugural Māori fashion collective. Kiri provides insight on a range of topics, including sourcing fabrics from China, the impact of Covid-19 on her supply chain, the benefits of leading with Māori culture, an exciting new platform that caters to SME’s and key factors that resonate with Chinese consumers.

    • 23 min
    Magic Memories' John Wikstrom and Jason Todd on China market entry

    Magic Memories' John Wikstrom and Jason Todd on China market entry

    "It’s not necessarily about providing the lowest priced product that will make you a success in China... it’s about being able to add value and continue to create value."

    Magic Memories started as fast photo service for tourists on the Queenstown gondola more than 20 years ago. It is now a global business with Magic Memories teams operating at more than 200 tourist attractions around the world, including Sea World, Movie World, Madame Tussaud's and Legoland.

    In this podcast, John Wikstrom, Executive Director and Founder of Magic Memories, and Jason Todd, Magic Memories Head of Business Development for Asia talk about their decision to enter the China market during this challenging time. The discussion ranges from why they decided to enter the China market, how they ‘dial up’ or ‘dial down’ down the company’s New Zealand roots, the impact of Covid on the company’s value proposition, and the challenges and opportunities going forward.

    • 29 min
    John Cochrane on his China Tech journey

    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.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

FMCG fan ,

China Skinny podcast fascinating!

Really enjoyed the podcast with Mark Tanner. Great insights into the China market and his experience with global brands.

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