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2013 News

Lessons for all in Fonterra debacle

By Rob O’Neill, Sunday Star Times Fonterra’s botulism scare has damaged New Zealand’s reputation as a quality producer of dairy products, but for companies of all kinds the dairy giant’s false alarm could prove salutary. “Quality” means different things to different companies and achieving it consistently is not easy. For …

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China Business Summit: A Wake-Up Call – Overview

By Jan Bierman, Rare HQ The second China Business Summit, hosted by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and NZ Inc Ltd, was held on the 16 October 2013, at the Langham Hotel, Auckland. The focus of this year’s summit was on how New Zealand can lift its game in the …

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Call to rein in ‘Brand NZ cowboys’

By Laura Walters To regain the confidence of Chinese consumers and regulators New Zealand needs to get rid of “corrupt cowboys” trading off Brand New Zealand, a communications expert says. Marco Marinkovich, head of communications agency Creative Bank, said New Zealand had a long way to go to restore trust …

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Long way to go to restore Brand NZ trust

By Laura Walters, Fairfax Media It is not the media’s job to communicate the message to Chinese consumers that the botulism scare was a false alarm, the Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing says. Jamil Anderlini told the China Business Summit in Auckland this afternoon that the message the botulism …

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NZ firms not seen as ‘special’ in China

By Christopher Adams, NZ Herald New Zealand businesses need to wake up to reality that they are not viewed as being particularly “special” in the Chinese market, says Beijing-based Kiwi businessman David Mahon. Addressing the China Business Summit in Auckland this afternoon, the managing director of Mahon Investments said this …

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MPI resources couldn’t cope – Groser

By Laura Walters The Ministry for Primary Industries is under-resourced and communications inadequate to deal with the food-safety issues facing New Zealand exports to China, Trade Minister Tim Groser says. Groser told the China Business Summit in Auckland today that it was undeniable the ministry did not have enough resources …

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