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Face to Face – China: Mark Tanner

FACE TO FACE - CHINA  Face-to-Face is a new feature from newzealandinc.com where we sit down for a chat with young business leaders from around the globe. We’ll be running a special series of these from China where we talk to young New Zealanders doing big things on the ground …

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Day 13: A day for wine

On the Road  Today is the last day here in Shanghai – time for a few more interviews and some relaxation before getting back in the air tomorrow. I met Lena Skandera, a Duke alum who grew up in small town New Zealand, now a project manager in the investment …

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Day 12: A lesson in beer making

On the Road  Thursday in Shanghai provided a highlight of the trip with a trip to Pudong to see Leon Mickleson at Brew – but first an early morning start at NZ Central. A breakfast at Kea that Fran was speaking at was the first stop for the morning. Like …

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Face to Face – China: Alex Worker

FACE TO FACE - CHINA  Face-to-Face is a new feature from newzealandinc.com where we sit down for a chat with young business leaders from around the globe. We’ll be running a special series of these from China where we talk to young New Zealanders doing big things on the ground …

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Day 11: A trip to the dairy

On the Road  It’s Wednesday evening in Shanghai and the theme for the day was undoubtedly the dairy industry. First up was Howard Moore, Managing Director of Taranaki Dairy Technologies, who met with Fran and I for an extended coffee break in the morning. Howard and his business has gained …

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Day 10: Smarts, not scale.

On the Road  A recurring theme in two meetings today was the need for New Zealand businesses in China to not try and compete on a capacity basis,  with the advantages gained by economies of scale – it’s just not possible. Instead, the need for highly differentiated products and services …

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Day 9: Shanghai

On the Road  Just a short entry for the blog today. We left the hotel in Beijing at 5:30 this morning enroute to the airport. After a few far-too-close calls, Fran and I successfully boarded and were on our way to Shanghai. Pudong airport is quite a distance from central …

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Day 8: The Forbidden City

On the Road  In stark contrast to when I opened the curtains yesterday to reveal great disappointment, today Beijing truly turned it on, presenting a winter-wonderland outside as snow blanketed the city. Beijing looked truly stunning today, the snow cleared much of the pollution and the extended sight-lines showed a beautiful winter …

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Day 7: “Who needs college when you’re a movie star?”

On the Road  This morning was a pretty big disappointment when I opened my curtains to reveal one of the worst days for pollution since I arrived in Beijing. I made the decision to hold off on the Forbidden City for one more day and make the journey to the …

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Day 6: Worker Bees

On the Road  Today was Friday in Beijing, the final day of the working week and the last full-day of our work program until we reach Shanghai on Monday. First up was a meeting with Nicola Morris, General Manager of Fonterra’s farm operations here in China. She walked us through …

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