2015: Game Changers

Game Changers

The China Business Summit was jointly presented by NZ INC. and Auckland Business Chamber. The Summit was held on Monday November 9, 2015 at The CORDIS Hotel, Auckland.

The summit looked at the New Zealand and Chinese Government’s goal to increase bilateral trade with China to $30bn by 2020 and the controversial issue of the Government’s rejection of the sale of Lochinver Station to Shanghai Pengxin.

The third China Business Summit provided a unique business and political perspective on the next 5 years might have in store for the trading relationship.

Prime Minister John Key, His Excellency Wang Lutong, Ambassador to New Zealand and a strong array of insightful speakers joined together to discuss the future of the New Zealand-China trading relationship.

The 2015 Summit included

  • Prime Minister John Key addressed the Summit with positive messages about the China-New Zealand relationship. He recognised it is important as country to have as much diversification as possible and highlighted the work being done on diversifying the opportunities for New Zealand companies.
  • His Excellency Wang Lutong, Ambassador to New Zealand provided insights on the China-New Zealand relationship from a China perspective. Ambassador Wang commented that New Zealand is expected to be the first developed country to update its Free Trade Agreement with China.
  • Three major questions for the speakers: What will be the nature and scale of the opportunity for New Zealand businesses in China moving forwards?; What will the ‘game changers’ be in capitalising on this opportunity? and; What can New Zealand businesses do to be game changers?
  • China’s game-changing market: View from the Top Table.
  • Is China (and NZ) Heading for a Hard Landing? Will the TPP and Australia’s China FTA Change the Competitive Environment for NZ with China?
  • Making the Most Out of Chinese Investment in New Zealand: What are the New Trends? Is Lochinver the New Norm? Does Perception Matter?
  • What’s Next in China? We heard from Two Leading China Commentators.
  • Optimising Returns from China: What are the Strategies for Reaching the Right Customer Segments? What’s Changing and How is New Zealand Placed to Play
  • Keynote with Kestrel Lee: The China Challenge – Digital Disruption vs. Disruption in Commerce.
  • On the Couch: Heroes and War Stories.
  • On the Couch: Innovate or Perish: Succeeding in China’s Rapidly Innovating Markets.

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Summit Overview Videos

Agenda

8.15AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

8.30AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • His Excellency Wang Lutong, Ambassador to New Zealand

8.45AM

China’s game-changing market: View from the Top Table.

  • Christopher Luxon, CEO, Air New Zealand
  • Theo Spierings, CEO, Fonterra

Moderated by Cathy Quinn, Chair, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

9.45AM

Is China (and NZ) Heading for a Hard Landing? Will the TPP and Australia’s China FTA Change the Competitive Environment for NZ with China?

  • Huang Xiaoguang, CEO, ANZ China
  • Mike Frith, Senior Economist, NZ Super Fund
  • Shamubeel Eaqub, Independent Economist
  • Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director, NZ International Business Forum

Moderated by Michael Barnett

11.00AM

Making the Most Out of Chinese Investment in New Zealand: What are the New Trends? Is Lochinver the New Norm? Does Perception Matter? 

  • Terry Lee, Director Pengxin International
  • Quentin Quin, GM Capital, NZTE
  • Martin Thomson, Chair, NZCTA
  • Jeremy Gardiner, CEO, NZ Premium Whitebait Ltd
  • Liam Dann, Business Editor, NZ Herald

Moderated by Fran O’Sullivan

1.00PM

What’s Next in China? We heard from Two Leading China Commentators.

  • Andrew Browne, Pulitzer Prize China Columnist, Wall Street Journal
  • David Mahon, CEO, Beijing-based Chief Executive of Mahon China

Moderated by Fran O’Sullivan

1.50PM

Optimising Returns from China: What are the Strategies for Reaching the Right Customer Segments? What’s Changing and How is New Zealand Placed to Play?

  • Professor Keith Woodford, Agri-Food Systems, Lincoln University
  • Dean Hamilton, CEO, Silver Fern Farms
  • Chris Hopkins, CEO, Scott Technology

Moderator: David Green, Managing Director, Institutional New Zealand, ANZ

2.30PM

Keynote: The China Challenge – Digital Disruption vs. Disruption in Commerce.

  • Kestrel Lee, Executive Creative Director, George P Johnson, Greater China

3.30PM

On the Couch: Heroes and War Stories.

  • Dr Xiaoying Fu, Director, Kiwa Digital
  • Julian Beavis, CEO, FoodCap International
  • Mark Tanner, Managing Director, China Skinny

Moderated by Pat English, Executive Director, New Zealand China Council

4.15PM

On the Couch: Innovate or Perish: Succeeding in China’s Rapidly Innovating Markets.

  • Andy Hamilton, CEO, The Icehouse
  • Tony Wei, Director, China Hub Inc.
  • Hongbo Xu, President, Innohub
  • Andrew Bowater, Director of Public Affairs, Huawei
  • Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Economic Development

Moderated by Brett O’Riley, CEO, ATEED

5.30PM

SUMMIT SUMMARY

  • Summit Co-chairs Michael Barnett and Fran O’Sullivan

Prize Draw

Sponsored by Air New Zealand and Regus

5.45PM

NETWORKING DRINKS

With Mayor Len Brown and sponsored by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Media Coverage

NZ INC.

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