LANZBC Newsletter April 2015
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Dear Members
This month the Council has been preparing for a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held on Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 4pm.   Members are welcome to attend at either the Wellington venue, or an Auckland meeting – full details of the SGM are noted below.
The Council were saddened to learn that one of our Patrons, the Rt Hon Mike Moore, had suffered a stroke last week while in the USA. We understand that his recuperation has started well, and have sent the Ambassador and his family our best wishes for a speedy recovery. 
Also in our thoughts are the citizens of Chile residing in the vicinity of the Calbuco volcano, which has erupted twice in the last week, resulting in the evacuation of 6,000 people. 
As always, we welcome contributions from our members, so please do contact us if you have news or a story you’d like to share.

Council News

Members are warmly invited to attend a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Council at 4pm on Wednesday 6 May. The Notice of Special General Meeting was emailed out to members on 15 April 2015. If you have not received it, please contact our Secretary.

There are two reasons we have called this meeting: to approve our audited 2013 accounts; and to approve changes to our Constitution. The first of these items fulfils the commitment we made in our last Annual General Meeting (AGM) to approve these audit accounts in an SGM. The second proposes changes to our Board and to how it is elected.
If approved, the changes to the Constitution will result in a leaner Board more focused on its private sector members but still able to access the contacts and expertise of government agencies that are active in Latin America. Furthermore, the amendments will simplify the ability of members to vote in the elections and therefore make the Council stronger and more democratic.
The main changes we are proposing are:
  1. To reduce the number of private sector directors on our Board with full voting rights from 13 to seven;
  2. To introduce online voting to manage elections to the Board, should there be more candidates than director places available;
  3. For Education New Zealand (ENZ) to join the Board in an ex-officio capacity; and
  4. To remove the voting rights from all ex-officio Directors
If the constitutional changes are approved they will change the nature of our next Board and how it is elected. So please join us to discuss these important proposals and hear more context about them if you can.
Members are welcome to attend the SGM in person in Wellington and an additional meeting room will also be available for members in Auckland. For security and catering purposes, we would appreciate it if you would email your intention to attend at either of the venues to
If you cannot attend in person, please dial in using the teleconference facilities noted below. Alternatively, please cast your vote by completing and returning a proxy.

Special General Meeting
Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 4.00pm
Venue: Room 209, Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington.
Auckland meeting venue
Offices of Fonterra Co-Operative Group
9 Princes Street, Auckland.
Special General Meeting Teleconference facility:
Auckland: 09 909 7814
Wellington: 04 974 9405

A toll-free number is also available (0800 440 140) for members outside the above regions. Please note that the toll-free number incurs an additional charge for the Council, so if either of the above numbers could be used it would be appreciated.
When prompted, please enter the participant pin: 420124.
Please advise by email ( if you need an overseas dial-in number. For further information, please contact our President Matthew O'Meagher or our Secretary Heather Kawan.
Vice-Minister Leonardo Arízaga will deliver a lecture on 'Ecuador: Outcomes and Challenges of the Citizens' Revolution' at Victoria University on Monday 11 May 2015. He will present the historic transformations that Ecuador is undergoing and explain how major evolutions are being pursued in the face of ongoing challenges facing the country. Details of the lecture are available here.

This is a public lecture and we encourage members to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.
When: Monday 11 May 2015 at 5.45pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 119, Hunter Building, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington.
In last month's newsletter we reported on the well attended Latin American Policies event which was co-sponsored by the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce. Due to an oversight, our report did not mention the attendance of Leanora Rueda, the Ambassador of Mexico, for which we apologise.
If you are running an event, that relates to business between New Zealand and Latin America, please email us at as we may be able to promote it via our newsletter.

Current Developments

New Zealand & Latin American Relations
Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment Minister Steven Joyce is leading a 10-day visit to South America to try and drum up more interest in New Zealand as a study destination. Under a very tight schedule, Minister Joyce's delegation spent two days in Bogota, Colombia on 23-24 April. 

On Thursday, the New Zealand delegation participated in a forum that aimed to create linkages between New Zealand and Colombian universities.
Andres Ardila, part of the welcoming delegation, reports on Minster Joyce's visit.

Meetings with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism were also held to identify potential agriculture productivity development project opportunities for New Zealand.

An ‘Innovation Forum’ took place on Friday - co-hosted with the Colombian business chambers ANDI - sharing innovative New Zealand experiences with targeted companies and government agencies in order to create new business connections. Finally, the delegation met with the local scholarship agency, COLFUTURO and the Colombian Ministry of Education to strengthen the International education linkages between the two countries.
This visit to Colombia is part of a Latin American tour that will cover Brazil, Colombia and Chile.

The Delegation:
  • Hon Steven Joyce: Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment; Economic Development; Science and Innovation.
  • Jacqui Caine: Ambassador to Bolivia, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
  • Andrew Falloon: Senior Ministerial Advisor.
  • Grant McPherson: Chief Executive Education New Zealand. 
  • Lisa Futschek: Regional Director Education New Zealand.
  • Catherine Ragan: Regional Manager Investment in the Americas, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
  • Brendan Mahar: International Market Manager for South America, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
  • Professor Grant Guilford: Vice Chancellor Victoria, University of Wellington.
  • Jeremy Baker: Deputy Vice Chancellor, International & Business Development, Lincoln University.
  • Professor Richard Blaikie: Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, University of Otago. 
  • Chris Whelan: Executive Director, Universities New Zealand.
  • Maria Elena Duter: South American Specialist, Lincoln University and Consul of Uruguay in New Zealand.
Our collaborator, Andres Ardila, worked for Education New Zealand as an intern in 2014. During his time with ENZ, Andres prepared a comprehensive report about the best places for investment in Education, in Latin America. LANZBC published this report in our previous newsletter but you can access it again here.
Fresh from establishing its Buenos Aires service Air New Zealand announced on 16 April that it would commence flying between Auckland and Houston five times a week in December. While the route is aimed at opening up US destinations, Houston is a key gateway for Mexico and the rest of Central America and the Caribbean. Air New Zealand will code share from Houston to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbeean with Star Alliance partner United Airlines. Read more.

Member Highlights

Sharing our members' stories and success
Viva Expeditions are excited to announce their new Independent Travel brand - Chimu Adventures. Chimu are currently Australia’s leading specialist in travel to Latin America, and Viva now has exclusive rights to the Chimu brand in NZ.
Offering a wider range of product and some excellent marketing materials to their clients - including 'the most complete dedicated Latin America/Antarctica brochures available' the partnership will provide many great benefits to Viva Expeditions' clients.  To read the full press release, please click here.
Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures are looking for a Destination Expert to join their team based in North Auckland. For further information and details of how to apply, please click here.
Competition on routes from Australia to South America is heating up with Chilean airline LAN launching the 787 Dreamliner on its Sydney-Auckland-Santiago route this month. 
LAN becomes the first airline to fly the route using a twin engine aircraft, saving 20 per cent on fuel by moving away from the four-engine A340. To read the full article click here.

Latin American News Links

Barack Obama will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Tuesday, marking the president’s biggest move yet towards the resumption of diplomatic ties with Havana. The White House confirmed that Obama had notified Congress of his intention to remove Cuba from the list, reversing a designation that has been in place since 1982.

The announcement came days after a historic meeting between Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, in the first formal talks between the two countries’ leaders in more than 50 years. Read more.
Source: Guardian, 15 April 2015
Thomas Manning, a long-standing director and past vice-president of the LANZBC, is a New Zealand export market development consultant who has lived and worked in Argentina for over thirty years.

The article below is an extract from a Buenos Aires Herald 'Your View' article, published on 28 March 2015.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s personal project to nationalise Aerolineas Argentinas and resurrect the airline from the impending bankruptcy that saw them cancel their South Pacific services, to make the airline a source of national pride once again, and to regain its supremacy as Argentina’s principal in and out-bound carrier has been a success.

When President Kirchner (CFK) appointed the leader of La Cámpora, her political party’s youth wing as Aerolineas Argentinas’ president & CEO (who is presently in the running for the mayoralty of Buenos Aires) there were many commentators who were dubious because of Mariano Recalde’s lack of aviation credentials.

Four years down the track and by any measure it’s fair to say CFK’s vision for Aerolineas and Recalde’s sterling work has succeeded especially as its new corporate culture is enabling it to work with Air New Zealand in re-connecting Argentina and the rest of the Southern Cone to New Zealand again. Read more.

Arts & Culture

Coliseum Sports Media, official broadcasters of the English Premier League, PGA Tour and French Top14 Rugby in New Zealand, have added coverage of the Copa America tournament to their stable, and are looking for interested parties to partner with them in delivering this quality content. A range of options is available on advertising, naming rights, EDM and Social Media support. Interested parties should contact Coliseum Sports Media by clicking here.
The 2015 tournament is being hosted by Chile (, and runs from 11 June until 4 July. Coliseum Sports Media will be broadcasting every single match in New Zealand for the very first time. Coverage will be available via their website, with a $49.90 Tournament Pass getting viewers every game both Live and On-Demand, and all in HD. Subscriptions will be available from 1 June and can be purchased online or by calling 0800 P L PASS. For further information on subscriptions please click here
Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday.

The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to 12.
A native of Argentina, Francis visited Portuguese-speaking Brazil in July 2013 but has not returned to Spanish-speaking Latin America since becoming pope. Read more.
America Economia found that in 2014 more visitors travelled to Lima than any other Latin American city. About 5.1 million international visitors arrived in Lima in 2014, making it the most visited Latin American city, ahead of Mexico City (2.75m) and Sao Paulo (2.51m). Just two years before, 2.07 million tourists found their way to Lima, representing a 3 million increase in 2014. Read more

Facts & Figures

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.
  • Colombia is one of seven countries that the United Nations has identified as major future food exporters. Just about any crop, from broccoli to mangoes, is grown somewhere in Colombia.  Source:
  • When on business in Latin America, note that decision-making is centralised and decisions are made at the top level, although all levels have input. Visit top-level executives first. Mid-level executives can follow up on subsequent visits. Source: e-diplomat
  • Only 5% of cubans have access to the open internet. Source:
  • There is Welsh speaking part of Argentina. It has it's own dialect of Welsh.  Source
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