LANZBC Newsletter August 2015
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Welcome to the August edition of the LANZBC newsletter.
We are very pleased to announce that LAN airlines are the latest member to become an LANZBC platinum sponsor. Further details are available below but it goes without saying we’re delighted to have them on board.
The Board is very keen to receive your views on the events we offer. We intend to send out a survey to all recipients of this newsletter in the coming weeks, and we’d be very grateful if you could take 2-3 minutes of your day to complete the 10-question survey. The information you provide will help the LANZBC in setting a programme of events that best meets the requirements of our members and associates.
The launch of our LinkedIn members-only group has been received extremely well, with over 50% of our member organisations represented. Please contact LANZBC Secretary Heather Kawan if you’d like to join up. Remember also to follow our Twitter account (@LANZBC).
We welcome contributions from our members, so if you've received an award, are running an event, or just want to share news from your organisation, please do contact us.

We hope you enjoy the read.
LAN Airlines announces Platinum Sponsorship
The LANZBC is delighted to welcome LAN Airlines as a platinum sponsor. LAN Airlines has been a mainstay of air links between New Zealand and Latin America and currently flies seven days a week between Auckland and Santiago.

Matthew O'Meagher, President of the LANZBC, commented: 
"LAN has been a longstanding supporter of our organisation, and a key sponsor of our major events. We are delighted to have them on board now as a platinum sponsor and thank them for accompanying us on our own journey to enhance our services to members."
LANZBC welcomes new member
Please welcome Parnell Partners Group as new members to the Council. We are delighted to have them join us and look forward to seeing them at our events and offering the Council’s connections and networking opportunities to help raise their profiles.
Parnell Partners Group are Global Experience Specialists - from global sporting and cultural events to more targeted and intimate incentives, conferences, events and functions, PPG have done it all. As an accredited Professional Confirmation Organiser (PCO) with access to a Global Representation Network, PGG use their extensive experience and local understanding to deliver the very best experiences. Read more.
Sharing our members' stories and success
LAN Airlines: the gateway to South America
LAN Airlines, the LANZBC's newest platinum sponsor, provides us with an insight into the future of the South American based airline.

Trade between New Zealand and Latin America continues to see a steady rise in education and agribusiness opportunities and with it an interest amongst Kiwis keen to discover more of this diverse and vibrant continent with its fusion of great food, culture, beaches, history and people.

As the leading carrier to and within South America, LAN Airlines offers unparalleled connectivity throughout the region, ensuring iconic and emerging destinations are increasingly accessible as well as catering to and facilitating further growth. Today, LAN flies non-stop from Auckland to Santiago, the gateway to South America, seven days a week with onward connections to over 115 South American destinations, including Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay and Brazil.

Supporting its position as a leader in the South America region and in line with the group’s growth, LATAM continues to evolve and consolidate to offer a better network and service to passengers. Recent group news includes, the merger of LAN and TAM into one, single powerful global brand and the introduction of the Boeing 787 on the trans-pacific route.

LATAM Airlines Group announced its rebranding and merger of LAN and TAM earlier this month, declaring the new name to be LATAM. With this announcement comes a new logo inspired by the identity and heritage of the region, incorporating the best of both airlines. This decision is an historic milestone in the airline industry being the first time an airline group has chosen to consolidate under one single powerful brand, paving the way to ensure the airline becomes recognised as one of the best in the world. LATAM will continue to build Latin America into a globally significant destination through the strength of its network throughout the region.

To support this endeavour, LATAM is underway implementing an important fleet restructuring plan to deliver on its commitment to offer passengers one of the most modern and diverse fleets in the industry. In the Pacific region, this plan saw the introduction of Boeing 787 aircraft on the Auckland to Santiago route. LAN is currently the only carrier to offer the 787 aircraft between New Zealand and South America. These new generation aircraft feature state-of-the-art design and technology, providing passengers with greater comfort, security, and efficiency. The aerodynamics of the Boeing 787 incorporates technology that reduces the impact felt by the passenger due to turbulence and the unique pressurisation of the cabin results in the reduction of headaches or other symptoms a passenger might experience when flying.

Aboard the 787, LAN’s Premium Business Class continues to offer superior services, entertainment and features, including larger auto-dimming windows, dynamic lighting, more storage space at ground level, privacy barriers between passengers as well as spacious seating with 100 per cent full flat seats and lumbar massage for optimum rest.
It is this attention to detail, unparalleled network connectivity and commitment to aircraft technology advancement which will see LATAM secure a spot as one of the best airlines in the world.
Vista Entertainment Solutions Limited: Kimbal Riley, previously Chief Operating Officer of Vista Entertainment Solutions, has been appointed as Chief Executive of Vista Entertainment Solutions. Vista Entertainment Solutions is the largest business in Vista Group International.
New Zealand & Latin American Relations
Next Ambassador to Argentina announced
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Raylene Liufalani as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Argentina. Ms Liufalani has previously served in the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei. She will also be accredited Paraguay and Uruguay.
“Argentina is an important partner for New Zealand in Latin America, and the resumption of direct flights to Buenos Aires later this year will serve to further strengthen ties between our two countries,” Mr McCully says.

The Council also farewells His Excellency Fernando Escalona as one of its Honorary Members, having concluded his term as Argentine Ambassador to New Zealand. In his four years here Fernando has worked tirelessly to deepen cultural ties between our countries, and his term was notable for expanded rugby ties and the announcement of renewed direct flights to his country. We wish him and his family a happy return to Buenos Aires. 
APEC Business Travel Card extended to five years
The APEC Business Mobility Group announced at the end of July the implementation of the extension of validity of the APEC Business Travel Card from three to five years, effective from 1 September 2015. Through a single application, the travel card will offer businesspeople from the 21 APEC member economies (including Chile, Mexico, Peru and New Zealand) a five-year, short-stay, multiple-entry to participating APEC member economies and priority lane access at key immigration checkpoints in member economy airports.
Under the agreement, applications lodged on or before 31 August 2015 are to be granted an APEC Business Travel Card valid for three years. Applications lodged on or after 1 September 2015 are to be granted a card valid for five years. Read more.
Ecuadorian National Day inaugural Wellington celebrations
A wintry night in Wellington was warmed up on August 10 by a reception in the Boatshed commemorating Ecuador's National Day. Hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Raul Gangotena, the event marked the first time Ecuador's mission to Australia and New Zealand had celebrated its national day in Wellington rather than Canberra.

The event attracted a diverse audience, including New Zealand and Latin American diplomats, Friends of the Galapagos, LANZBC President Matthew O'Meagher, recent LANZBC Vice-President Peter Cullen, and former LANZBC Director (and Ecuadorian Honorary Consul) Yovanka Tomitch.
The highlight of the event was a presentation by Ambassador Gangotena on Ecuador's recent history, which alluded to the country's investments in renewable energy, internet connectivity, schooling, higher education, healthcare, crime prevention, public sector efficiency, tax collection, and poverty reduction.
Top left: LANZBC President Matthew O'Meagher with Ambassador Raul Gangotena and his wife
Top right: LANZBC Member and former Vice-President Peter Cullen with Ambassador Gangotena and his wife.
Above left:
LANZBC ex-officio Director Felicity Buchanan (MFAT) with Ecuadorian Ambassador Raul Gangotena and his wife.
Above right: Ambassador Gangotena with guests, including Ecuadorian Honorary Consul and former LANZBC Director Yovanka Tomitch (far right)
Bottom: Guests of the Ambassador enjoy the presentation on Ecuador

NZ Maori to participate in World Indigenous Games, Brazil
From 23 October to 1 November 2015 Maori athletes will take part in the I World Indigenous Games, to be hosted by Brazil. Over 2,000 athletes representing indigenous peoples from 30 countries will participate, making the Games a unique gathering of different folks, cultures and skills of their native communities. Aotearoa New Zealand will take part in both the competitive and demonstrative categories in which the 15 modalities of games will be divided.

During the launching ceremony of the Games, a flax-woven ki (ball) was gifted to Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, drawing wide public attention to New Zealand’s Maori culture.

The event will take place in Palmas, capital of the State of Tocantins in the Legal Amazon, geographic heart of Brazil and South America. Detailed information on the I World Indigenous Games can be found here.
US flag back in Havana
This month has seen an historic event in US-Latin American relations which may eventually increase the region's international trade: the re-opening of a United States embassy in Cuba on August 14.
The raising of the Stars and Stripes was followed by a respectful and constructive dialogue, which addressed the steps the two countries need to take to further normalise their relations. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his delight at being in Havana, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez welcomed American companies interested in the opportunities Cuba offers.
The LANZBC will bring any developments in these bilateral relations which have the potential to benefit New Zealand businesses to the attention of our members.
Photo: Embassy of Cuba NZ
Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action
Germany and Brazil committed themselves to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Read more. Photo: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) listens to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during a lunch at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
How can we help the world’s emerging cities be more livable – and sustainable?
We are living in an increasingly urban world, where large cities often wield as much economic and political power as nation states – and in some cases, even more power.

According to Harvard University, among the world’s 30 largest economies (ranked by GDP) 13 are regional or municipal entities. In Latin America, the city of São Paulo alone is richer than Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay combined. Big cities have become the new global players and the platforms for real growth, innovation and sustainable development. Read more.
Countdown to Rio 2016: Brazilian teamwork paving way for successful Games delivery and legacy
Closing its ninth and penultimate meeting (10 – 12 August 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission has praised the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and its local government partners for their teamwork in delivering the first pre-Games test events. The unity of spirit and mission is helping them to solidify their operations ahead of next year’s Games and to lay the foundations for an important Olympic legacy.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel commented, “With less than one year to go until the opening of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, we have been delighted with the unity of spirit and mission that is driving ‘Team Brazil’ to deliver a successful first wave of test events." Read more
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.
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