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Dear Leaders, NZAL Newsletter 2nd Birthday Edition #20
November 30, 2015
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Ansuya Naidoo, NZAL Emerging Leader
Head of Indian Community Banking, BNZ
South African Born Indian Kiwi, arrived in New Zealand In January 2000.   Highly skilled and experienced banker who has a clear understanding of risk management. Ansuya identifies profitable business opportunities and takes pride in the development and offering of business solutions, building a strong team and high quality solid base portfolio of clients.  Key expertise includes customer service, business continuity and resilience, and financial analysis, with experience that allows advice, yet challenges others thinking when required. (...)
Bharat Chawla, NZAL Emerging Leader
International Marketing Director, National Tertiary Education Consortium
Bharat is Certified Practicing Marketer and Associate Member of Australian Marketing Institute. He holds a Professional Membership of Canadian Institute of Marketing with PG Diploma in Business Management (International Marketing). (...)
Janryll Fernandez, NZAL Emerging Leader
Senior Advisor, NZ Customs Service
Janryll F. Fernandez is a senior communications professional with over ten years of experience across a broad range of communications functions in government, business, non-profit sector and the news media and is currently responsible for online and digital communications. Prior to this, he was a Communications Advisor at the State Services Commission. (...)
Anne Cao, NZAL Emerging Leader
Director, Red Bridge Consulting

In her role as Director at Red Bridge Consulting Anne specialises in the Chinese market and helps provides advisory services to assist New Zealand companies and organisations to develop new business relationships with China. (...)

Evelyn Jones, NZAL Emerging Leader
Senior Associate, Buddle Findlay

Evelyn is a senior banking and finance lawyer, experienced in general corporate and institutional lending transactions, property finance, leveraged and acquisition finance and project finance (including Public-Private Partnerships.)  (...)

Steven Peng NZAL Emerging Leader
Technical Leader/Branch Manager, Holmes Farsight
Born and raised in Taiwan, Steven migrated to NZ in 1997. Lived in Auckland for 3 days before settling and starting a new life in Masterton. Received Bachelor of Architecture degree from Victoria University of Wellington, worked in Wellington City Council Building department for five and a bit years as a Building officer and Team Leader for later part of two and a half years. (...)

NZAL CELEBRATING TWO YEARS
OF SUCCESS

NZAL Advisory Board and Established Members Sameer Handa and Dr Xiaoying Fu cut the cake
Kindly hosted by PwC, on 19th November 2015, the 2nd Birthday celebration of NZ Asian Leaders was a time to reflect on the past, present and future ahead.  The birthday celebration was attended by 120 guests that included members, sponsors, corporate members and supporters of NZAL complete with cake. 
 Chai Chuah, Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health and Ronnie Tan, Founder of creditWorks
Chai Chuah, Ronnie Tan and NZAL Chairperson, Mai Chen
Mai Chen interviewed guest speakers Chai Chuah, Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health and Ronnie Tan, Founder of CreditWorks - who quickly realised they were from the same Malaysian town and went to the same school.  Chai and Ronnie shared with guests how cultural differences affect business in the public and private sector.

Mai began by asking Chai his thoughts on what makes a great leader.  Chai said, “Opportunities always come from change. When there’s change, you need to think about stepping up, and doing extra. You have to keep learning. Ongoing learning is fundamental if you want to be a leader.”

Speaking on how he became the senior most Asian public servant in NZ today, Chai Chuah spoke about his want to contribute and make a difference. He said, “When I look around, the people that I’ve come in contact with Maori, Pasifika or Asians, the ones who make the progression are the ones who think about service. And they normally don’t think about their career, they normally think about where they can make a difference.”

Quoting the example of the All Blacks, Chai said, “Your character and the way you carry yourself, are what people will judge you on. I think as an Asian, we have many similar attributes we just need to be confident about them. Be confident, a bit like the All Blacks – the current team always talks about ‘the team’. They are very humble but with an edge – you don’t want to be average, however, you want to have that humility and people should know that you have that edge.”
Ronnie Tan, Founder/ Managing Director of CreditWorks arrived from Malaysia in 1988 and has since built a successful business that reaches approximately 2500 businesses in NZ, SME/large and multi–nationals.

Ronnie shared his thoughts on NZ businesses and whether they are ready for diversity, “What I find interesting is that we talk about wanting to engage with the Asian community, I think it’s all talk. When you put to action the engagement, I think you’ll change fundamentally a lot of things that you do – the structure, the people you employee, the website! But we don’t do that. At the end of the day, talking is fine but we need to action it. There’s a lot that can be done. My passion is to try and educate New Zealanders that we are not a threat, we have lots to contribute and in fact the investment we bring into the country is huge.”
The session was followed by the cutting of the birthday cake and networking over refreshments and canapes.  (...)
NZAL Ambassador Dame Rosie Horton, Chai Chau, Ronnie Tan and Mai Chen
Dame Jenny Shipley, NZAL established member Carol Cheng and NZAL Advisory Board Member Ming Lim-Pollard
Mark Averill, Corporate Finance Partner, PwC, NZAL Chairperson, Mai Chen, Wicki Huang, Partner, PwC
Eddie Xie, Divisional Manager, BNZ, Monica Tong, Commercial Partner, BNZ, Queency Wei, Senior Treasury Analyst, BNZ, Chen Yu, Manager, Portfolio Management, BNZ (L- R)
Outcomes NZAL has achieved over two years :
  • 172 NZAL Members; 83 Established Members, 68 Emerging Leaders, 14 Young Leaders and 7 International members
  • Ethnic groups include - Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Malay, Filipino, Singaporean, Bangladeshi, Korean, Pakistani, Indonesian, Thai.
  • 8 NZAL Ambassadors
  • 21 events held in two years
  • Retention of foundation sponsors, BNZ, Fonterra and SKYCITY
  • Other Major sponsors - AUT, NZME, Vodafone, NZI
  • Corporate Members - Auckland Council, PWC, My Farm Investments, Designworks, IMNZ, James & Wells, Auckland Policy Office, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, International Travel College of NZ, NZ Opera, NZ School of Education, Southern Institute of Technology, University of Waikato, Chinese Herald, World TV
If you would like to become more involved in helping NZ Asian Leaders in 2016 please contact Karinia Lee, General Manager.
THOUGHTS FROM NZAL AMBASSADORS

Attendees at the birthday celebrations, Dame Rosie Horton, Patrick English and Paul Gestro share their thoughts below on "the contribution top Asian leaders can make to NZ and how to be even more successful in NZ".
Dame Rosie acknowledged some New Zealand Asian Leaders she admires for their work in making our country a better place.
  • Dr Swee Tan for his groundbreaking work with the strawberry birthmark and other disfigurements
  • Donald Sew Hoy winner of the 2015 Senior New Zealander of the Year for his contribution to New Zealand industry and exports and his support of community and charity initiatives
  • Dr Sharad Paul for his philanthropic and international award winning work with skin cancer
"Each one is a great example of Asian New Zealanders. So many Asian New Zealanders show what can be achieved by tenacity, talent, overcoming the odds and looking at opportunities with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Their ongoing point of view and contribution will be integral to making our country even better and making our products and innovations global successes."
Patrick English acknowledged:
  • NZAL has created a successful platform for top and emerging Asian leaders
  • NZAL will help deliver results for NZ’s cultural integration and economic growth agenda
Paul Gestro spent 15 years working offshore in many different countries and always had to start and build a network rapidly. He said, "The key point is that Asian leaders can make a huge contribution by deepening their networks for mutual benefit. Building a network is actually quite easy; building an effective & useful network is actually hard."
Paul found it more obvious when living in Asia as that heightened respect for trust meant you really had to work hard at it. While starting with a NZ network in Asia, Paul quickly asked those people to introduce him to their local relationships and not people that looked and acted like him. That started with trust from your counterpart but then the hard work was to build off the local network they had introduced you to.
It’s the same in NZ - it’s this kind of network you need to aim for and spend time developing, not the obvious network of people from the same background.

Therefore to succeed more, find those people that can refer you to well-networked locals and really dig deep into those networks. They are long, often intergenerational networks that are hard to break into but will have the most reward.
2016 NZAL CALENDAR
NZAL 2016 Calendar is taking shape with the first main session confirmed "understanding the internet behaviour of the growing Asian consumer market" hosted by NZME, 25 February 2016 - mark this date in your diary now!

Taking into consideration feedback from NZAL members, in March 2016 we will hold our first lunchtime session:
- Hosted by BNZ, a lunchtime working session will be held and Head of Digital - Stephen Bowe will discuss BNZ's approach to digital, customer and user experience.  BNZ has one of the leading digital teams of any company in NZ and the BNZ YouMoney app is award winning.  This session will be limited to the first 15 NZAL members.

 
Date
 
Location Topic
Thurs 25 Feb Auckland Understanding the internet behaviour of the growing Asian consumer market (can incorporate NZME Asian media survey results and IT industry)
March Auckland Working lunch session
Head of Digital/BNZ’s approach/Q&A
April
 
Wellington Public sector session
How to build capability in the public sector
May
 
Auckland NZ Asian Leaders Business Summit
Asian/Pasifika/Maori Forum
June Auckland Asians in Governance Interviews ”Top Asian Leaders who are Board of Directors”
August
 
Auckland How to grow SMEs – “upscaling Asian SME to maximise their potential for NZ’s economy”
September Auckland Environmental Sustainability Issues – perspectives from NZAL Business Leaders
October
 
Wellington Public sector session
Maintaining NZ’s High Transparency/Low Corruption Culture
November
 
Auckland NZ Asian Leaders Business Summit
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL INDIAN BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN RETAIL TRADE
Hunua General Stores
 
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION      
Crestclean South & East 
 
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING
Crestclean South & East 
 
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
Link 2 Group 
 
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Imagetext Systems 
 
BEST SMALL BUSINESS
Global Imports and Exports 
 
BEST MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESS
Global Financial Services
 
BEST LARGE BUSINESS
Patton Ltd 
 
EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WITH INDIA
Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS)
 
BEST FINANCIAL (MORTGAGE AND INSURANCE) ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
Ajay Kumar – Global Financial Services  
 
BEST ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR
Saurav Wadhwa IBBZ  
 
BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Umesh Thakur – Patton Ltd
 
BEST BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Ronita Sharma – Forever Shine Beauty Therapy          
  
SUPREME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Patton Ltd         
Mai Chen
Chair - NZ Asian Leaders

NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board Members

Thomas Song - Deputy Chair
Dr Xiaoying Fu
Bharat Guha
Sameer Handa
Richard Leung
Ming Lim-Pollard
Debbie Sew Hoy
David Tse
Shane Zhan
Karinia Lee - General Manager
Priti Garude - Marketing Assistant