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A weekly podcast providing New Zealand businesses with deep, up-to-the-minute insights into the complex Asian marketplaces, through first-hand accounts from the business people and thought leaders in the thick of the action in both Asia and Aotearoa.

The Asia Hustle Podcast Jade Gray

    • Business
    • 4.9, 9 Ratings

A weekly podcast providing New Zealand businesses with deep, up-to-the-minute insights into the complex Asian marketplaces, through first-hand accounts from the business people and thought leaders in the thick of the action in both Asia and Aotearoa.

    “Moving the dial” in Asian trade with host Jade Gray

    “Moving the dial” in Asian trade with host Jade Gray

    In this last episode of Season 1, Asia Hustle host Jade Gray offers a summary of the three critical themes made apparent through the last nine shows that are shaping our future trading prospects in the Asia region against the backdrop of COVID-19 and wider geopolitical contexts.

    Firstly we take stock of the deteriorating US/China relations and the inevitable impacts on New Zealand’s diplomatic strategy, as well as the continuing need to diversify our trading relations. We then explore the increasing uptake of online commerce and digitisation across every facet of the Asian economy looking at how NZ businesses may best approach their own digital strategy. Finally we contemplate how New Zealand can build on its growing reputation as “the world’s safest country” and the endless, wide-reaching opportunities that a globally trusted brand presents.

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    TIMESTAMPS

    01:50 - Deteriorating China-US relations and impacts on New Zealand trade and diplomacy

    08:16 - The increasing digitisation of Asian economies

    12:21 - New Zealand’s growing reputation as the world’s safest and most trusted nation

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    LINKS AND REFERENCES

    Former UN Security Council President Kishore Mahbubani discusses growing Sino-US antagonism and possible solutions.

    https://supchina.com/podcast/has-china-won-a-conversation-with-singapores-kishore-mahbubani/

    • 22 min
    The Financial Times’ Jamil Anderlini: The geopolitics shaping NZ’s future trade

    The Financial Times’ Jamil Anderlini: The geopolitics shaping NZ’s future trade

    In this wide reaching interview in straight-talking “Jamil Anderlini style”, we get a rare look into the Asia market from one of New Zealand’s most respected international journalists. Geopolitics are shifting in the region at an alarming rate with the deteriorating Sino-US relations firmly at the centre. Jamil pulls apart many of the key issues at play and gives us his unique take on how these may affect NZ’s trade stability and prosperity in the years to come.

    Based in Hong Kong, Jamil has been with the FT since 2007 spending most of that time in China where he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011. Jamil has a long list of accolades in global journalism and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013. In his current role as Asia Editor, he oversees the Financial Times’ coverage of the Asia region directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong. Jamil graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology.

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    TIMESTAMPS

    02:00 - How Hong Kong and Taiwan have managed the health crisis so effectively
    04:30 - The economic situation in Hong Kong
    10:25 - New Zealand’s unique selling proposition in the Asian region
    13:40 - The risks to an overreliance on China exports 
    19:40 - Why exporters need to understand geopolitics
    27:20 - The critical importance of maintaining NZ’s position as a  highly trusted nation
    36:40 - The export value of Jacinda Ardern’s growing global reputation

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    LINKS AND REFERENCES

    Jamil Anderlini Linkedin
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamil-anderlini-6a89273/

    Jamil Anderlini Twitter @JamilAnderlini

    Jamil Anderlini Financial Times
    https://www.ft.com/jamil-anderlini

    • 46 min
    Maintaining prosperous Sino-New Zealand trade relations with David Mahon

    Maintaining prosperous Sino-New Zealand trade relations with David Mahon

    In spite of a battered global economy, New Zealand exports to China remain relatively steadfast. Drawing on his 35 years in-market experience, business leader David Mahon takes us on a deep dive into the key forces at play shaping the ever evolving relationship with our largest trading partner. Discussing policy, diplomacy and trade, David articulately highlights their inter-relationship and the importance of alignment across all three to ensure maintained prosperous trade in the critical China market.

    Born in Auckland, David Mahon is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Mahon China Investment Management Limited which has managed five private equity funds, assisted multinationals to acquire assets and managed foreign companies’ crises in China. David has worked as a strategic advisor and served on the boards of firms in a number of industries. He has worked extensively in Chinese and foreign media and has published widely with a specific emphasis on China’s commercial and political relationship with New Zealand.

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    TIMESTAMPS

    2:50 - Stability over rapid growth, China’s New Normal
    6:20 - Decoupling from China unrealistic
    9:00 - The importance of trusted provenance
    11:40 - Scaling our burgeoning SME’s
    18:21 - Protecting and commercialising our traceability IP
    23:20 - Walking the talk on our “100% Pure NZ” story
    28:10 - Navigating strained Sino relations
    33:58 - China’s lessons from SARS…..or lack thereof?
    36:15 - China’s diplomatic handling of the crisis

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    LINKS

    Mahon China > http://www.mahonchina.com/

    • 43 min
    The rising wellness movement in Japan with Wholesum’s Founder Don Roxburgh

    The rising wellness movement in Japan with Wholesum’s Founder Don Roxburgh

    Across Asia and the world, we are seeing an explosion of interest in the wellness space. From immune-boosting superfoods to online fitness classes, in light of the COVID-19 crisis everyone seems to be taking greater interest in their personal health with the spending to match it.

    Long time Japan resident and kiwi entrepreneur Don Roxburgh delves into the peculiarities of the Japanese wellness space through his unique lens as the founder of Wholesum Japan, an importing and distribution business specialising in New Zealand health foods, and draws attention on elements to consider for companies looking to enter the Japanese market.

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    TIMESTAMPS

    02:15 - The Japanese Government’s moderate approach to the health crisis

    04:40 - An opportunity for Japanese society to fully embrace the digital era

    05:50 - The increasing respect for “Kiwi leadership” and its possible effect on our trading opportunities

    09:10 - Immune-boosting superfoods the hot ticket online

    11:50 - Rugby World Cup and Olympics providing added momentum to the Japanese wellness movement

    14:45 - Challenges to marketing the technology behind health products 

    16:35 - Japan slow to pick up on alternative Western diets (plant-based, gluten-free, paleo, etc.)

    19:30 - With labelling and packaging, the devil’s in the detail 

    22:35 - Don’s tips for kiwi companies looking to enter the Japanese market from building valuable partnerships to understanding the health specifics of your product

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    LINKS AND REFERENCES

    NZTE’s Japanese market COVID update
    https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/japan

    Wholesum Japan
    http://www.wholesumjapan.jp/home.html

    Les Mills COVID online pivot (China)
    https://www.chinaskinny.com/blog/case-study-coronavirus-china/

    • 27 min
    Understanding Korea’s economic resilience with in-market Kiwi, Lukas Beech

    Understanding Korea’s economic resilience with in-market Kiwi, Lukas Beech

    By any standard South Korea is achieving what many nations are striving for - winning the battle against COVID-19 whilst preventing their economic engine from grinding to a halt. In this episode 15-years Korea veteran Lukas Beech joins us from Seoul to provide an intriguing look into life on the ground in New Zealand’s 8th largest trading partner and the emerging opportunities therein.

    As the co-founder of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (The Republic of Korea Chapter) and long time champion of New Zealand enterprise in the Korean market, Kiwi Lukas Beech offers his unique take on the key issues affecting NZ’s export sector. From kiwi fruit to K-Pop, buying behaviours are evolving at pace, reiterating the need for Kiwi businesses to keep their finger on the pulse in our key Asian markets.


    TIMESTAMPS

    02:20 - COVID-19 situation on the ground in South Korea

    06:30 - Korea striking the balance between health and economic considerations

    15:15 - Uptick in health product sales and favourable positioning of NZ F&B

    20:30 - e-learning experiencing a big uptake in demand and investor interest

    25:34 - The Korean Wave, K-Pop, Korean soap operas and the economic opportunities for savvy NZ exporters

    34:00 - The importance of exporters understanding and engaging with the end consumer

    36:30 - Opportunities in the Korean Tech sector and skillsharing


    LINKS AND REFERENCES

    Lukas Beech - LinkedIn
    linkedin.com/in/lukasbeech/
    lukasbeech@gmail.com

    The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea
    https://www.kiwichamber.com/

    Coupang (Korean e-commerce company)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coupang

    The Korean Wave phenomenon
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Wave

    BTS / K-Pop
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/115991641/korean-superstars-bts-are-in-new-zealand-seemingly-filming-a-travel-show

    • 41 min
    Legend restauranteur Alan Wong on navigating China's F&B crisis

    Legend restauranteur Alan Wong on navigating China's F&B crisis

    With 17 restaurants in his portfolio, Hatsune restaurant group Founder and CEO Alan Wong is a legend amongst Beijing and Shanghai's food and beverage scenes. Calling in from Beijing where he has lived for the last 20 years, Alan gives us a front row seat as to what is happening on the ground in China’s food and beverage landscape as customers venture back to work and onto the streets.

    This episode discusses the prospects for New Zealand F&B exports as well as how consumer behaviour may reemerge from lockdown in our other key Asian markets.


    TIMESTAMPS

    2:15 - The drastic measures restaurants are taking to get through the crisis
    8:43 - Full service restaurants getting hit the hardest
    10:50 - Consumer price sensitivity on the rise
    12:20 - Limited impacts on NZ F&B brands in market to date
    14:22 - No significant disruption of supply on NZ goods into market
    15:30 - Minimal Chinese Government support for the Chinese restaurant sector
    19:49 - Ways NZ F&B exporters can differentiate themselves from the competition
    27:20 - How suppliers can drive revenues from afar during the travel ban
    28:15 - Alcohol brands having to get proactive and creative in light of the restrictions on socialising 


    LINKS AND REFERENCES

    Hatsune Disneyland
    https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/dining/disneytown/hatsune/

    Hatsune restaurant
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hatsune/288800951603358

    Shanghai restaurants
    https://www.facebook.com/haikushanghai/

    • 30 min

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