LANZBC Newsletter August 2017
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Another month goes by with another great LANZBC event. On 16 August we hosted Mike Petersen, New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy in Christchurch. The event was informal, extremely informative and engagement between Mike and all in attendance was some of the best we've seen.

We want to hold more events like this - but we need to know what YOU want to talk about. Drop Heather Kawan an email with your suggestions - we'd love to hear from you. 

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. 
LANZBC welcomes new member
Please welcome CRV Ambreed and CI Study Travel as new members of the LANZBC. 
CRV Ambreed’s business is built around one goal: helping dairy farmers achieve their highest performing herd possible. CRV plays a significant role in the international world of herd management. 
The company’s goal is to proactively manage ongoing changing market demands by offering innovative solutions tailored to their customers’ needs – both dairy and beef farmers across the globe.
Founded in 1988, CI Study Travel is the best youth exchange and tourism company in Brazil. With more than 100 stores in the country and abroad, it has shipped more than half a million Brazilians to know the world on trips that combine study, work and leisure.
With the launch of its Auckland office in June, CI (Central de Intercambio) New Zealand is focused on higher education, as well as adult students intrested in Study & Work experiences.
Pacific Alliance: getting the best out of the proposed FTA
Over the coming weeks the LANZBC will be engaging with its Members, friends, partner organisations and MFAT on how the proposed FTA between New Zealand and the Pacific Alliance can best serve New Zealand traders. We'd love to hear our Member's perspectives on this negotiation via the LinkedIn LANZBC Members page (see below for details).  
Last month's newsletter featured an op-ed from Trade Minister Todd McClay on the opening of FTA negotiations with the Pacific Alliance. For those that missed it, we are republishing it below for your easy reference. 
“The launch of free trade negotiations with Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru is an exciting prospect for New Zealand companies and a real win for trade liberalisation. The four countries who form the Pacific Alliance are a grouping of fast-growing, like-minded economies committed to open markets. Between them, they have more than 221 million consumers and a combined GDP of US$3.85 trillion, which is equivalent to the world’s sixth largest economy.

New Zealand’s total trade with the Alliance countries currently stands at more than $1.1 billion. That’s significant, but there is plenty of room to increase trade both ways. Our exporters currently face high tariffs (around $69.5 million annually) on many products, but a free trade agreement (FTA) will change this. For the last two years, we’ve been talking to the four Alliance countries about better access for Kiwi exporters. In June this year, during the Pacific Alliance Summit in Cali, Colombia the legwork paid off.

An FTA with our Latin American friends will establish a modern, high-quality and comprehensive set of rules to grow business opportunities in areas ranging from agriculture to machinery, manufactured goods, services, and investment. It will also ensure New Zealand companies exporting to the region will be more competitive.
That’s a big win for New Zealand in the fight for better access to important overseas markets. A more open trading environment in Latin America will be of real value to New Zealand companies, exporters and our economy as a whole. More trade creates more jobs and opportunities in our cities and regions.
An agreement with the Pacific Alliance will also support the Government’s ambitious trade strategy: Trade Agenda 2030. We are working hard to expand and diversify our export markets as well as maximising the benefits from our existing agreements. We are also aiming to have 90 per cent of our exports covered by FTAs by 2030. An agreement with the Pacific Alliance will help us come closer to achieving this goal and it is important strong step forward for New Zealand and Latin America.”  
Hon. Todd McClay, Trade Minister, New Zealand. 

Job vacancy: Programme Manager for LatAm CAPE
Victoria University is establishing a Centre for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) focused on Latin America, the purpose of which is to prepare New Zealanders to engage with and do business with Latin America while supporting and developing New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of the region.
Victoria University are now looking for a highly skilled and experienced Programme Manager to oversee the management, delivery and evaluation of the programme and activities that will enhance New Zealand’s economic, trade, political and cultural relationships with Latin America and the wider Asia-Pacific. More information on the role and details of how to apply, are available here (Job Reference 1736). 
LANZBC LinkedIn Members group 
Members are reminded that the LANZBC runs a LinkedIn Members group, which we use to share information, discuss topical issues and raise awareness of issues, events and challenges. If you're a member and you're not yet receiving our messages via LinkedIn, please contact Heather Kawan to get yourself connected! 
Go Global 2017: 'Change is inevitable
In 2017, The Geopolitics of Trade, Rising Stars, Innovation and Future Trends sit as the foundation blocks for this year's Go Global Conference.

LANZBC members are eligible for member rates at Export New Zealand's Go Global 2017 conference, to be held on 21 September in Auckland. Early bird prices are available until 31 August. Members should register on the website with the code CHANGE17.
For full programme details visit
Doing Business in Mexico - Auckland & Wellington  
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 CBL Insurance and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, these events are essential for anyone looking to enter into, or expand their business in Mexico. 

The full programme for the Wellington and Auckland events are available to download below. 
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 8.30am - 11am 
Venue: Embassy of Mexico, Level 2 of AMP Chambers, 187 Featherston Street, Wellington
To register: email by 13 October
Download the Wellington programme
Date: Thursday 19 October 2017, 8.30am - 11am 
Venue: NZTE offices, Level 6, 139 Quay Street, Auckland
To register: email by 13 October
Download the Auckland programme
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.
Mike Petersen: Economic and commercial realities of Latin America
Mike Petersen, New Zealand's Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (right), visited Latin America with a trade mission earlier this year. The LANZBC aims to give members the best insights into trade and commercial opportunities in the Latin American region.

Therefore it was logical to bring the two parties together to share Mike’s thoughts about what is happening in this dynamic region - particularly with reference to the primary sector. 

So on 16 August at the Innovation Precinct in central Christchurch, Mike spoke informally to both LANZBC members and invitees about the economic and commercial realities of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Plenty of time was allocated for a valuable Q&A session, followed by informal discussion over lunch. 

Attendees covered a broad range of commercial entities including primary sector exporters, academic and educational institutions, and representatives from various branches of Government. The discussion within the group of attendees was regarded as a very valuable part of this event, and as such, the LANZBC has made available an audio recording of the event for its Members. Should you wish to receive a link to the recorded event, please contact Heather Kawan

The LANZBC plans an active programme of events in Christchurch in 2018 - make sure you know about them by subscribing to our newsletter, or better still becoming a member!   
Above: Attendees at the Latin America: Opportunities in Agriculture event enjoy Mike Petersen's thoughts and observations on Latin America. 
Sharing our members' stories and success
Black Label Experience showcases NZ luxury travel 
Black Label Experience creates premium customised itineraries for authentic and exclusive travel experiences in New Zealand. Using their incredible connections, Black Label delivers money-cannot-buy experiences that make their client’s New Zealand holiday simply unforgettable.

Black Label launched into the Brazilian and Argentinean markets in 2015, with 3 weeks of scheduled face to face meetings to establish relationships with key industry players in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
As a result of direct in market feedback from this visit, Black Label has been developing market specific travel products which will be the first of its kind. The launch of these products is imminent.  Watch this space.

'You can be, do and have anything you want' - this is the motto of The Hedonist, an international luxury lifestyle online and print magazine that operates from Barcelona and New York.
It was an amazing opportunity and huge privilege for Black Label to be the first NZ luxury destination management company (DMC) to be asked to feature in a travel article about NZ from a luxury perspective. 

Black Label Experience had a wonderful day hosting the New York-based writer of the article and showing her some very special places - needless to say she was suitably impressed with what NZ can offer the discerning travellers who are read The Hedonist.
Black Label's luxurious tailored experience 'Paradise at the end of the world' is featured in the S/F '17 edition which you can read here (pages 88 - 93):

As an influential showcase for stories of success, The Hedonist is circulated in New York, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, Dubai, London and includes Soho Houses and leading 5-star resorts around the world.

And now as a media partner of The Hedonist, Black Label will be a regular contributing writer for their online publication. Click on image above to enlarge.
New Zealand & Latin American Relations
(These articles are only available to LANZBC members)
Non-tariff barrier clearing house launched
PM's scholarship for Latin America announced
(These articles are only available to LANZBC members)
Facebook Opens First Training Center in Latin America
How will upcoming elections affect Latin America's recovery?
How investing in Latin America can add value to your business.
Colombia is becoming Latin America's brightest star
Three things you need to know about Latin American Digital Consumers
Inti: the new South American restaurant in Auckland

You might have an idea of what you think South American food is. It might include avocado, chocolate or corn – all of which are now commonplace on the New Zealand table, and most of which are not seasonally used around town. Or, your mind may wander to heavily spiced, slow cooked meat wrapped in tight tortilla parcels.

At Inti, the new restaurant from chef Javier Carmona – formerly of Mexico, Oaken, and Beirut – all of your preconceived ideas will be turned on their heads. READ MORE (Source:

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.
  • In South America, the percentage of agricultural land used for permanent meadows and pastureland is 77%. Source: Food and agriculture Organisation
  • Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals. Source:
  • Ecuador and Chile are the only two South American countries not to share a border with Brazil. Source: Gringo's Abroad
  • Paraguay is a bilingual nation: Guaraní is its first language and Spanish, its second. (Source: Atlas and Boots)
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