LANZBC Newsletter February 2018
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March is looking to be a busy month for events so make sure you register your interest promptly: on 8th March we have our Latin America Golf Travel Expo with Premium Golf NZ in Auckland, 13th March sees NZTE's Jorge Forteza and Nick Swallow in Hamilton discussing the opportunities that Latin America offers NZ exporters, and on 23rd March LANZBC Director James Dixon hosts another networking session in Christchurch. See below for further information on all of these events, and watch your inbox for details of a couple more being lined up! 

Thank you to all our members who have completed our 2018 LANZBC Membership survey. We appreciate your time and feedback and your responses help us set the tone and direction for the Council for the 12-18 months ahead. Responses received by 2 March will be in to win a bottle of Argentinean Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2013. 

Enjoy the read and don't forget to get in touch if you'd like us to promote one of your events or have some news you'd like to share with our LANZBC community.

Membership survey - deadline extended for chance to win! 
LANZBC members are reminded that responses to the 2018 LANZBC membership survey received by close of business on 2 March will go into the draw for a bottle of fine Argentinean Malbec wine. 

The Board of LANZBC want to ensure you are getting the best possible value from your membership of the Council, and would therefore appreciate it if you could take the time to answer the short survey in order to help direct our strategies for the future. 

We thank all of our members for their continued support in 2018. 
Click here to complete the LANZBC 2018 membership survey
2018 Membership subscriptions
Members will receive their 2018 membership subscription invoices via their inboxes over the next week. We would be grateful if all LANZBC members could ensure that their subscriptions are paid in full by 31 March. Prompt payment allows your Board to continue planning an events calendar which provides you with informative and entertaining networking events.  
Latin America Golf Travel Expo, 8 March, Auckland
This event is now FREE to attend (registration essential) and there are some great benefits available to attendees on the night, including:
  • $250 Premium Golf NZ Travel Voucher to be won
  • 2 lucky golfers will receive free entry to Premium Golf NZ's Premium Cup event on April 13 at Gulf Harbour
  • Exclusive "on the night" sign up offer for LANZBC members* (10% preferential discount)  on either or both of Premium Golf NZ's two upcoming Latin America golf tours:
    • 'Premium Argentina & Chile' tour: 27 Sept - 10 Oct 2018 including VIP tickets to see the All Blacks play the Pumas in Buenos Aires
    • 'Premium Brazil' 22 day ultimate luxury golf tour: 24 March - 14 April 2019, playing championship golf at the best courses and experiencing the best of Brazil's unique heritage and culture. 
(*LANZBC members will need to be verified by the LANZBC executive officer)
Better Exporting: South America  13 March, Hamilton
Exporters with an interest in South America, and those looking to explore the potential this region offers will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from NZTE’s South American Beachhead Advisor Jorge Forteza and Regional Director for South America Nick Swallow, in Hamilton on Tuesday 13 March.
Jorge Forteza, 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.
Jorge Forteza’s presentation will incorporate a mix of high-level economic analysis and overview as well as practical advice and actual business examples on exporting to South America.
Nick Swallow has been Regional Director South America since July 2015, helping New Zealand companies ‘grow bigger, better, faster in South America’ from his base in Sao Paulo.

Nick’s presentation will provide an insight as to what opportunities are being created throughout Latin America as a result of the CPTPP and New Zealand’s associate membership of the Pacific Alliance.
Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for networking.

When: Tuesday 13 March 
Where: EMA Training Room, 103 Tristram St (Cnr Collingwood & Tristram Sts), Hamilton
Cost: FREE, but registration is essential 
Registration: click here
Networking event 23 March, Christchurch
Following the success of the informal get-together on 26 January, LANZBC Director James Dixon invites all members and friends of the LANZBC interested in, or involved in business in Latin America, to meet once more at The Laboratory, for an evening focussed on business opportunities and activities in Latin America. A guest speaker will be confirmed at a later date. 
Where: The Laboratory, 17 West Belt, Lincoln (Map)
When: Friday 23 March 2018 at 6:00pm.
Guest speaker: TBC 
Register your interest by emailing LANZBC Director James Dixon 
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.
Premium Golf NZ has announced that it is the official New Zealand partner of the World Amateur Golfers Championship.  
The World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur golf championship with national championships in over 40 countries. The championship is designed to give all amateur golfers the thrill & prestige of representing their nation in a global championship against players of similar skill level.
The World Amateur Golfers Invitational is a separate tournament that gives golfers the opportunity to share in the exciting “WAGC experience” of a world-wide tour-like championship event, without first having to qualify.
Premium Golf NZ -  as the official New Zealand partner of the WAGC - will be organising qualifying rounds in the North and South Island followed by a National final to select the five participants who will represent New Zealand in October.

For further information on the WAGC, click here
New Zealand - Latin American relations
(these articles are only available to LANZBC members)
NZ Ambassador to México meets Secretary of Rural Development of the State of Jalisco 
From Whangaparaoa to Colombia
(these articles are only available to LANZBC members)
Uruguay and Chile are the least corrupt countries in Latin America, says Transparency International
LATAM Business Opportunities for 2018: Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

How Latin American governments are assisting their local startup ecosystems

Frida & Diego exhibition: 'A smile in the middle of the way'
An exhibition showcasing the lives of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, organised by the Mexican Embassy for New Zealand and in collaboration with Besos Latinos Restaurant, will be held at Besos Latinos from February until the end of April. 

The exhibition will feature portraits of two of Mexico’s most famous 20th century artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, providing an intimate window into a passionate relationship that led to the creation of unique and enduring pieces of art that have fascinated patrons of art for generations.

Diego Rivera became a legend in his native country for his vibrant murals while Frida Kahlo chose to become a painter after a car crash derailed her dream of becoming a doctor.

‘A smile in the middle of the way’ was presented for the first time at “Casa Estudio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum” in Mexico City in 2002 and later around the world. This collection features images captured by prominent photographers such as Guillermo Kahlo, Peter Jules, Gullimero Zamora, Nickolas Muray, Edwoard Weston and Manuwl Alvarez.
In this section we 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.
  • With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world.Source:
  • Paraguay and Brazil's Itaipu Dam is the hydroelectric plant that produces more energy in the world, setting a new world record in 2016.
  • Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Source:
  • In Peru, there's a billboard that creates drinkable water out of thin air. Source:
  • Jamaica, Colombia and St Lucia are the only countries where a woman is more likely to be a boss than a man. Source:
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