Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the coming year.
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Wow it’s been a whirlwind five months here in Vancouver for my family and I. For those who do not know me I’m the new Consul General covering British Columbia and Trade Commissioner covering Canada, based in Vancouver. Previous to this posting, we lived in Malaysia for four and half years, where I was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner.
It has been an amazing lead up to Christmas here and a big contrast to the long sunny days, BBQs and Beaches back in New Zealand. The lights are amazing, and we have managed to get up Grouse Mountain to check out what real winter is like!Thankfully the transition was easy with Canada being such a similar culture to New Zealand and probably more so because of the great support Nick Fleming (my predecessor) and his wife gave us while we transitioned up here.
Canada and New Zealand share a close affinity for one another, with similar legal, government and social traditions and therefore it is not surprising that Canada is New Zealand’s 12th largest export market with exports valued at NZ$1.179 billion in 2019. Also, important to note is that New Zealand (and Australia) has its first trade agreement with Canada (called CPTPP) and now virtually all our products coming into Canada are duty free, which will give our companies an edge over competitors.
This year at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), we have directly helped over 100 New Zealand companies right across the Canadian market. Even in my short time here, the team done great things to help our companies grow bigger, better and fast here in Canada.
In October, we hosted the first inaugural Taste of New Zealand Chefs Event where 14 of our top New Zealand food and beverage companies where connected to key contacts in the hospitality industry including chefs and distributors. NZTE partnered with industry influencers to extend our digital reach and showcase the fine New Zealand dishes and drinks to over 636,000 chefs and industry professionals through social media platforms.
In November, we held a networking reception at the Helicopter Association of Canada 2019 conference. A total of 120 helicopter industry representatives attended where we introduced the them to a delegation of nine New Zealand companies focused on the helicopter industry. These types of events help raise the profile and the impact of New Zealand expertise and reinforce national synergies between Canada and New Zealand. For example, did you know that British Columbia and New Zealand share the records for the largest number of helicopters in operation per capita?
Also, in November we hosted a strong delegation of Maori businesses here during the World Indigenous Business Forum. It was great to see connections being made in the Food & Beverage, Tourism and Tech Sectors. Watch this space for more activities in the New Year.
One thing that has surprised me is that despite a lot of effort from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there is still not a lot of awareness of the CPTPP trade agreement and how it benefits our businesses. This is something the team and I are going to focus on in the New Year and would love CANZBA members’ support to help spread the word.
To all those I have had the pleasure to meet so far and to those I have not (and hope to soon), all the best for the New Year.
Ngā mihi, kia kaha!
Consul General and Trade Commissioner
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New Zealand Wagyu beef guys First Light Foods will be in BC next week launching their high grade wagyu beef in all 7 Meridian Meats stores. Come and meet the people from First Light including the farmers who will be sampling some of their delicious Ribeye Marble (score 6) from Thursday Dec 12th to Sunday Dec 15th.
Thursday 12th from 2 to 6pm at Mission, Maple Ridge and Poco locations
Friday 13th from 2 to 6pm at Langley, Poco and Maple Ridge locations
Saturday 14th from 12 to 5pm at North Van, Tsawassen and White Rock locations
Sunday 15th from 11 to 2pm at Mission, Maple Ridge and Poco locations.
Find out more here.
I hope you all had an enjoyable summer.
We recently sadly said goodbye to Nick Fleming, Trade Commissioner & Consul General for New Zealand, but in doing so are happy to welcome his replacement Matt Ritchie! Matt joined NZTE in 2005 and has held several senior management roles. He has previously served as a Trade Commissioner based in Kuala Lumpur, overseeing NZTE's activities in Malaysia and Brunei. Most recently, Matt worked as a Customer Director, where he was responsible for early stage exporters and increasing the number of customers working with NZTE, and leading a team of Customer Advisors.
Before joining NZTE, Matt led teams in the information technology, media and logistics industries in New Zealand and the UK. Welcome Matt, we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with you and NZTE.
Since our last update we've hosted two very successful events: Xero, a start-up from New Zealand told us how they have risen to success in Canada. David Gelb, Global Head, R&D at KPMG in Melbourne, spoke about how Canadian businesses can take advantage of R&D incentives in Australia and New Zealand.
I’m sure all CANZBA members will join me in congratulating Kevin Lamb, Australian Consul (Honorary) & Trade Commissioner for being recognized as an Honorary Member (AM) in the General Division, Order of Australia. This is a well-deserved award for his many years of contribution to the Australian community in Vancouver and for his tireless work in promoting trade between Canada and Australia. Kevin has also been a keen supporter of CANZBA and has served on our Board since our launch in 2001.
See events page for full details of our following upcoming events:
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Dance House - Bangarra Dance Theatre 'Spirit'
Bianca Andreescu wins U.S. Open, becomes 1st Canadian to claim a Grand Slam title
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Join us for a Cervena Venison cooking and tasting demo with world renown Olympic Chef Graham Brown.
Exclusive ONLY to Choices! Come and enjoy an intimate evening as Chef prepares the finest dishes and teaches you about New Zealand’s finest red meat.
Tickets from Choices on 16th Ave.
The Calgary International Film Festival is screening three Australian films this year:
Mystify – ‘an intimate portrait of internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence’
Top End Wedding – ‘with a mother gone missing and their wedding just over a week away, this couple has no choice but to find her themselves’
Alice (Australia-France co-production) – ‘after discovering her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child’
The Festival runs from 18-29 September and more. For more information on the festival and tickets click here.
Australian-born high school drop out made his fortune creating social apps and games that wasted people's time.
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Drawn from 65,000 years of culture, Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre presents foundational work, seemingly pulled from the very land itself. In their first visit to Vancouver, Bangarra brings a selection of their extraordinary 30-year repertoire that weaves together totemic storytelling, performance and rich musical scores. A key part of the resurgence of Indigenous dance making, the company is committed to sharing the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with audiences around the world. Tracing an unbroken song-line, Spirit gives voice to a cosmos of plants, animals, and ancestral medicine, laid down one step at a time. Dance becomes a form of ceremony and celebration between the people, the land, and creation itself.
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