Dear Leaders, here's your edition of the NZAL newsletter!
May 30, 2016
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NZAL in association with AUT and ATEED held the second NZAL Maori, Asian, Pasifika Summit on May 24, 2016. Attended by over 130 leaders, the summit discussed the urgent and interesting topic of "What is authentic Kiwi Leadership in the 21st century?"

The key note speakers for the evening included Parekawhia McLean, CEO, Waikato Tainui, Adrian Orr, CEO, NZ Super Fund, Naomi Ballantyne, MD, Partners Life and Michael Stiassny, President, Institute of Directors who put forth their point of view on kiwi leadership in the 21st century.

This was followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Mai Chen, Chair NZAL and included:
  • Mitchell Pham, Director, Augen Software Group
  • Marisa Fong, Director, Masimaya Ltd
  • Stan Balar, Group Chairman, Service Foods Ltd
  • Marina Matthews, Co-CEO, Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
"Authentic Kiwi Leadership in the 21st Century" from key note speakers...
"For me, authentic ‘kiwi’ leadership in the 21st century is characterised by being courageous - the dare to be different, to take risks and have the emotional fortitude and stamina to persist." - Parekawhia McLean, CEO, Waikato Tainui
"Leaders who believe it’s all about them or who see themselves as the fountain of all knowledge will fail. Leaders who see themselves as the conductor of an orchestra of diverse people where it is the people who actually deliver the ‘magic’ are far more likely to succeed." - Naomi Ballantyne, MD, Partners Life
“Really promote your vision clearly – no one is going to get on the vaka without a clear vision” - Adrian Orr, CEO, NZ Super Fund
"Authentic leadership is changing…. We are trying to get to a platform where culture is key to leadership, the future to our society and the way we engage with the world." - Michael Stiassny, President, Institute of Directors
Read thoughts from some of the attendees about authentic Kiwi Leadership
What is authentic kiwi leadership to you? Share with us your views, all thoughts will feature on NZAL website. Let's keep this conversation going!
Click here to view videos of key note speeches and panel discussion
NZAL Chair and Advisory Board are delighted to welcome 10 new members.
The new members include:  

Roshan Nauhria NZOM, NZAL Established Member, Managing Director, Nauhria
Priti Ambani, NZAL Emerging Leader, Co-Founder & COO, The Next Billion
James Nair, NZAL Emerging Leader, Chartered Acountant, James Nair & Associates
Belina Teoh, NZAL Emerging Leader, Senior Private Banker, Bank of NZ
Robert Lay, NZAL Emerging Leader, Vice President, Corporate Finance, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
Monica Tong, NZAL Emerging Leader, Partner, Commercial, Bank of NZ
Song Song, NZAL Emerging Leader, Store Manager, Bank of NZ
Vinayak Nagaraj, NZAL Emerging Leader, Deputy Director, MFAT
Helen Huo, NZAL Emerging Leader, Project & Initiative Manager, Bank of NZ
Camellia Yang, NZAL Young Leader, Digital and Social Media Channel Manager
Read more
A direction and a vision, conversations on purpose, value addition and engagement - this was the discussion around the table at NZAL's first Advisory Board meeting with its new members. With an enhanced strategic plan for NZAL, the advisory board meeting resulted in a green light on key initiatives. Watch this space for the announcement of new initiatives.

From left to right - Thomas Song (deputy chair), Sameer Handa, Carolyn Luey, Mai Chen (chair), Brijesh Sethi, Mitchell Pham, Xiaoying Fu, David Tse, Ziena Jalil, Bharat Guha and Karinia Lee.  Apologies from Ming Lim-Pollard
We are delighted to announce Perpetual Guardian Trust as a new NZAL Gold Corporate Member

The Superdiversity Centre is  running an exclusive training forum in association with NZAL. The training, Superdiversity Leadership Training: From Good to Great, will take place over one and a half days on 22 and 23 June 2016 in Auckland.

This one and half day leadership programme will include presentations from thought leaders:
  • Dr Harold Hillman; Managing Director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group
  • Mai Chen; Chair of Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
  • Mervin Singham; Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Stan Balar; Group Chairman, Service Foods Ltd
  • Mei-Fern Johnson; Partner, Russell McVeagh
  • Marisa Fong; Director, Masimaya Ltd
  • Rodney Wong; Director, Lowe Products Ltd
  • James Dunne; Co-CEO, Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
  • Marina Matthews; Co-CEO, Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
who will share how you can - 
  • Leverage off your differences to break through the bamboo ceiling and win;
  • Find your voice at work, beat imposter syndrome and become an authentic leader;
  • Become a person of influence;
  • Lobby and work with Government; and
  • Network yourself from good to great.
You will also hear top tips from three successful Asian leaders and learn the qualities of a successful director and what those making board appointments are looking for. There are limited places, please get in touch with if you are interested or would like to know more.
Get in touch with Priti Garude
Compliance with the new Health and Safety Laws in culturally diverse workplaces
NZAL members only session

Tuesday May 31 at Chen Palmer - “Compliance with the new Health and Safety Laws, including the challenges of migrant employees from different health and safety cultures."

This session facilitated by Mai Chen will include a panel of employment lawyers from Chen Palmer who specialise in health and safety (Anthony Russell, Claire English, Frances Meikleham, and Sarah Mead). They will answer queries and concerns from those on boards and in senior management who are “officers” under the Act.
Date: May 31, 2016 | Time: 8:15am – 9:45am
Spaces still open, register now
Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business
Marina Matthews, Co-CEO of the Superdiversity Centre spoke at the NZAL Maori, Pasifika, Asian Leaders Summit recently on the importance of Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Cultural Capability and authentic Kiwi leadership.  The Superdiversity Centre offers a range of CQ Tools that can help individuals and organisations build their cultural intelligence including:
  • Cultural Capability Assessment surveys that you and your staff can do online to see how culturally capable your organisation is;
  • CQ audits to verify your organisations cultural capability, where you will be provided with Cultural Competence Report and certification; and
  • CQ Training, which can be tailored to your organisation’s needs.
For enquiries, email Marina Matthews
TEDx Auckland
Proudly sponsored by NZAL major sponsor AUT, the NZAL team had the pleasure of attending TEDx Auckland 2016 and being hosted by NZAL Corporate Member ATEED. The theme for this year's TEDx was Flipside and 28 thought leaders, innnovators and global action makers shared the stage over two days.  Also good to support our sponsors and also have the opportunity to hear NZAL Established member, Sharad Paul speak.
Tripartite Economic Summit Auckland 2016

The NZAL team attended the Tripartite Economic Summit Auckland 2016 sponsored by major sponsor, BNZ and corporate members, Auckland Council and ATEED.
The summit bought together Guangzhou, Los Angeles and Auckland mayors, business people and dignatories with a total of 800 attendees.  Continuing the momentum from the tripartitie signing in 2014, this summit highlighted the importance of the 3-way alliance and mutual opportunities for growing trade, jobs and knowledge sharing.  Great to see so many NZAL members in attendance, networking and doing business.
New Horizon Seminar - Gisborne.  
The Seminar facilitated by NZAL Established member Mayor Meng Foon included three key speakers/presentations:
  • NZAL Ambassador Tony Browne, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington
  • Glen Katu, Chief Executive, Maraeroa C Incorporation
  • Kim Von Lanthen, Director, Von Lanthen
The aim of the seminar was to share key knowledge with a hope to grow the Gisborne economy.  Attended by local principals, business leaders and NZAL established members Thomas Song, Ming Lim-Pollard, Carol Cheng and NZAL emerging leader Steven Song - it was a good opportunity to support NZAL members leading initiatives outside of the Auckland region.
We are pleased to see the announcement of NZAL Established member, Derek Handley investing in NZAL Emerging Leader, Lisa King's company, Eat My Lunch.
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NZAL Emerging Leader and Established member, Bharat Guha featured in Hawkes Bay
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Mai Chen
Chair - NZ Asian Leaders
NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board Members

Thomas Song - Deputy Chair
Dr Xiaoying Fu
Bharat Guha
Sameer Handa
Ziena Jalil
Carolyn Luey
Mitchell Pham
Ming Lim-Pollard
Brijesh Sethi
David Tse
Karinia Lee - General Manager
Priti Garude - Marketing Assistant
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