LANZBC Newsletter January 2017
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Happy New Year! We hope 2017 has started for all of you with great enthusiasm for a productive and lucrative year ahead - even if the weather has tried its best to dampen our spirits at times. The LANZBC has been busy over the summer supporting those consortiums bidding for a Latin American Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. We wish all involved the best of luck for a successful bid and look forward to hearing some positive news later this year.

Our thoughts are with the people of Chile, as flames from more than 100 wildfires continue to spread from the mountains to the Pacific coast, destroying forests, livestock and entire towns. Mention should also be made of the people of Mexico and the economic uncertainty they face as a result of US President Trump's directives.

Our first event for the year features Rodrigo Arellano - advisor to Chile's President Michelle Bachelet - as our guest speaker. This after-work networking function will be on Thursday 16 February at the offices of Education New Zealand. See below for more information on Mr Arellano's credentials and further details. 

March is looking to be a busy month for the Council, with events featuring one of NZTE's South America Beachead Advisors in Hamilton and Auckland in the first half of the month, and the Council proudly supporting a series of 'Doing Business in Mexico' breakfast seminars hosted by the Mexican Embassy and ProMexico in Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton on 21-23 March. Further details are below for each of the events - register early to secure your place.

Membership renewal invoices will be arriving via email within the next week, and we are pleased to confirm that membership subscriptions will remain static for 2017. We thank all of our members for their continued support in 2017.

Enjoy the read and keep sending us your suggestions for how we can make this an even more informative newsletter.
LANZBC welcomes new members
Please welcome Academic Colleges Group (ACG) and LumberLink as new members of the LANZBC. We are delighted to have them join the Council and look forward to extending the Council's connections and networking opportunities to them, to help them grow their business.
ACG is New Zealand's largest quality provider of private school education, university pathways and vocational education.
ACG comprises 17 schools and vocational colleges in three countries and offers a comprehensive range of academic and career pathways. With 29 campuses in 8 New Zealand cities, we offer a wide range of study choices and locations.
LumberLink is one of New Zealand's largest lumber exporters. Sourcing a range of quality timber and processed wood products from suppliers in New Zealand, South America and Australia, LumberLink meets the needs of customers across the world, making lumber supply easy for both customers and suppliers.
Best wishes to Consul Generale for a speedy recovery
The LANZBC sends its best wishes to Juan Carlos Cadena the Consul General of Colombia, Honorary Member and friend of the Council, after a motorcyle accident earlier this month left him hospitalised with a broken ankle and wrist. We hope Juan Carlos has a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on his feet again.
SAVE THE DATE: Rodrigo Arellano, Advisor to Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, 16 February, Wellington
Wellington based members and friends of the Council are invited to the Council's first event for 2017 - an evening with Rodrigo Arellano, advisor to Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Thursday 16 February, at the headquarters of Education New Zealand, in Wellington. Rodrigo has dual citizenship (Chilean/Australian) and a deep understanding and hands on experience in both business environments.
LANZBC members and friends will appreciate the insights he will be able to share on current political and economic context for doing business in Latin America. His experience spans from  identifying, leading and recommending enhancements to existing processes and systems, as well new projects within the operations of the Executive Office of the President, through to founding an e-learning platform in Australia, to working in the corporate law and litigation arena as well as a negotiator, a public speaker and the Editor for State Tax Journal (State Revenue Office of Victoria, Australia).

Further information on the event will be communicated as soon as details are finalised. In the meantime, pencil it in your diaries!
Doing Business in Mexico seminars: 21-23 March
The Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand and the Mexican Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ProMexico) invite LANZBC members and friends to a series of breakfast seminars on Doing Business in Mexico. Featuring presentations by the Trade Commissioner of Mexico for Australia and New Zealand, and representatives from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, these events are essential for anyone looking to enter into or expand their business in Mexico as our two countries enter the Trump era and seek ways to collaborate more closely.
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017, 8.15 - 11am
Venue: CECC, 57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017, 8.15 - 11am
Venue: The Wellington Club, Level 4, 88 The Terrace, Wellington
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017, 8.15 - 11am
Venue: Mystery Creek Events Centre, 125 Mystery Creek Road, Hamilton
Click here for programme details for each of the seminars. All events are free to attend but registration is essential. To register, please email by 17 March 2017.
Above: A fantastic turnout at the Doing Business in Mexico seminar held in Auckland in October 2016.
NZTE South America Beachead Advisor to present in Hamilton and Auckland, 6 and 9 March
The LANZBC is pleased to announce that Jorge Forteza, one of NZTE's South America Beachead Advisors will be presenting at a co-hosted event with Export New Zealand in Hamilton on Monday 6 March and Auckland on Thursday 9 March. Jorge is a strategy and management specialist, concentrating on corporate strategy, competitiveness and governance.
Jorge is actively engaged in both the private and not-for-profit sectors throughout South America, where he conducts leadership and advisory activities around his core competencies of strategic management, leadership development and institutional strengthening. Jorge's work has been centralised in the Southern Cone of South America, working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

Further information on the events will be communicated as soon as details are finalised. In the meantime, pencil it in your diaries!
If you are a member running an event that relates to business between New Zealand and Latin America, please be sure to email us at - we can promote your event using our social media outlets, as well as this newsletter.
Sharing our members' stories and success
Member benefit: 15% off Artstay experience

Black Label Experience offers exclusive customised experiences within New Zealand, and would like to welcome LANZBC Members into the Black Label world of bespoke journeys with an Artstay experience on beautiful Waiheke Island in Auckland.

Package includes:

  • One stunning abstract commissioned work of art by Gabriella Lewenz to commemorate a special event or threshold including shipping and insurance
  • Two nights accommodation any two days of the week in the Guest Cottage
  • Artisan-style breakfast

Further information about Gabriella Lewenz and this unique offer can be found here.

Black Label can offer LANZBC Members this unique experience for a 15% discount; please contact Tania Stoyanof by email or by phone: 027 236 4927 to discuss options.

New Zealand & Latin American Relations
(These articles are only available to LANZBC members)
First recipients of Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America announced
NZ Ambassador to Brazil tours Goiás
Rice project between New Zealand, Brazil and Suriname, a success
(These articles are only available to LANZBC members)
Trump has 'friendly' call with Mexican leader but he demands change
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare builds bigger factory in Mexico as Trump talks tariffs
Chile eyes new deals with Pacific trade pact members: minister
Chile voted world's leading adventure tourism destination
Latin McDonald's rollout cheers NZ digital marketing firm Plexure
Spanish blended learning course - Victoria University

Applications are still open for Victoria University’s blended learning Spanish course. If you’re too busy to attend lectures but want to experience the buzz of language learning, this course will have you speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish in no time.

Featuring online lectures (recorded, so you can watch them in your own time) and the opportunity to practice in person with an expert instructor at a two-hour tutorial class each week, held outside of regular class hours, it’s the best of both worlds. Applications are still open for Trimester 1 (March–July 2017) - go to the Victoria website to enrol now.

In this section we will bring some facts and figures about Latin America that will give you an insight into the market, the culture or at least make you look smart if you drop it in a conversation when entertaining a client or at a business meeting.
  • The Itaipu Dam on the Parana River produces almost all of Paraguay’s electricity. Situated on the border with Brazil, the dam is owned by both countries. Source:
  • Uruguay was the first nation in Latin America to establish a welfare state. Source: BBC
  • After the Antarctic, the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is considered the world’s driest. Source:
  • Colombia produces up to 90% of the world’s emeralds.
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