LANZBC Newsletter November 2015
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Tonight we host Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of the NZ International Business Forum as he discusses the TPP and the opportunities it will create for New Zealand, Mexico, Chile and Peru. It's not too late to register for what will certainly be an entertaining and informative evening. See Council News below for details on how to register. 

This newsletter is published on the eve of the inaugural Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires. The LANZBC are delighted to have been invited to be a part of this historic trip, and will be reporting via our @LANZBC Twitter account, with full details available in our January 2016 newsletter.

As this is the last newsletter from the Council for 2015, we'd like to thank all of our members for their ongoing support during 2015, and wish you all a happy and relaxing Christmas holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our events in 2016.

Feliz Navidad! Happy Christmas!
As a close observer of the TPP negotations and former trade official, Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director of the NZ International Business Forum, will discuss the evolution of this agreement and its evolving prospects. Stephen will comment on two aspects of the TPP that have not dominated debates but which are of great interest to our Council: the new FTAs it creates with Mexico and Peru, and the way it inserts these countries, our country, and Chile into pioneering new trade arrangements linking Asia, Australasia and the Americas.
If you have not already registered and would like to attend, please register using the below link, or contact LANZBC Secretary Heather Kawan

When:   Monday 30th November 2015, 5 - 7pm
Where:  NZTE, 6th floor, 139 Quay Street, Auckland
Cost:     $40 members, $60 non-members (GST included). Light refreshments will be provided. 

Register for this event here.
LANZBC welcomes new members
Please welcome Justen, Pereira, Oliveira and Talamini, and Yep NZ as new members. We are delighted to have them join the Council and look forward to extending the Council's connections and networking opportunities to help them grow their businesses.
Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini is a leading Brazilian law firm in the areas of infrastructure, regulation and procurement, providing specialised legal services in the areas of public contracts, concessions, regulatory and other aspects of administrative law. It has worked in all regulated markets and a variety of other sectors such as construction, defence, medical products and information technology. The firm offers a unique combination of technical expertise and efficiency in the delivery of legal services. Read more
Yep NZ is an educational agency, based in Hamilton with an office in Auckland and representatives in Queenstown and Brazil.
Working with general placements from primary school to University, YepNZ are the only agency that offers ‘Dream Consultancy’ – professional advice and guidance about opportunities in New Zealand. Recognised by Education NZ and ICEF, YepNZ are proud to call themselves a free-range agency.
Welcome to new Cuban Ambassador
The LANZBC welcomes His Excellency Mario Alzugaray Rodriquez as the new Ambassador of Cuba, following the completion of HE Mrs Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro’s tour of duty.

Ambassador Rodriquez has had various roles within MFAT in the Asia and Oceania Division, with his most recent role as Assistant Director. He is fluent in English and Chinese, having studied in Peking and worked in Shanghai.

Ambassador Rodriquez presented his credentials to the Governor General at Government House on Thursday 26 November.
The Council looks forward to working with the Ambassador in 2016 and beyond.
Above: The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr Mario Alzugaray Rodriguez accepts the challenge from a member of the cultural party, as part of the Credentials Ceremony at Government House. Source:
Correction to October newsletter
The item in our last newsletter on the "Common Grounds" law conference omitted the leading role Victoria University Associate Professor Petra Butler played in the event. Besides being one of the driving forces behind the symposium she was responsible for its most commercial session, on 'Doing Business with Brazil". We thank Petra for her work and apologise for leaving it out in our earlier report.
If you are 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 the above social media outlets, as well as this monthly newsletter.
Sharing our members' stories and success
Air New Zealand launch Buenos Aires route
Tomorrow will be a significant day in New Zealand-Latin American commercial relations - Air New Zealand will be making its inaugural flight to South America.
The LANZBC had lobbied for this route for some time, and in April 2013 we heard Stephen Jones, Air New Zealand's chief strategy, networks and alliances officer, deliver a detailed briefing on his airline’s around new routes in one of our most popular seminars (see We were therefore delighted when Air New Zealand decided to fly to Buenos Aires, and are honoured to be part of the official party on the inaugural flight.
Earlier this month Stephen outlined the steps that led to the route in a New Zealand Herald article entitled ‘Air NZ makes big leap into South America’. As he reiterated to Grant Bradley, the Business Herald’s aviation, tourism and energy writer, the route was six years in the planning, and is a "commitment worth hundreds of millions of dollars”. Furthermore, it enables New Zealand to present itself as a mini-hub linking Asia and Australasia to South America.
We encourage you to read this article to see how Air New Zealand is running its business in Argentina.
Enviro-Mark Solutions celebrates client success
The NZ Minister for the Environment, Hon Dr Nick Smith, presented a carboNZero certificate to Enviro-Mark Solutions client Viñedos Emiliana on two of their wine products while in Chile last month.

The certification is the final step of a product footprint calculation done on the Gê and Coyam wine lines, including the Wine Shop located in Casablanca, recognizing on this way their commitment with the environment and the climate change. One of the achievements mentioned in the ceremony was the reduction of around 20% of the greenhouse emissions in comparison with last year.

The ceremony took place in Casa Blanca with the Minister and the New Zealand ambassador Jacqui Caine. Sebastian Tramon (Emiliana Sustainability Manager), Paula Millán, (brand manager), and Felipe Maureira (Tourism Manager WineShop) represented Emiliana.
New Zealand & Latin American Relations
Articles in this section are only available to LANZBC members
The TPP: what it means for Latin America
Pacific Alliance and APEC members discuss mutual opportunities
Transforming the lives of Latin America's poorest children
Articles in this section are only available to LANZBC members
Centre-right candidate wins Argentine presidency
Te Manawa to host Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition
The international exhibition of one of the most high profile and influential artists of the last centure, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo: Her Photos is coming to Te Manawa the Museum and Art Gallery in Palmerston North, opening in March and on until June next year.
The exhibition was developed by Tierra Esplendida for tour from the Casa Azul, Frida’s own museum in Mexico, and was last presented in Tijuana where it had over 57,000 visitors.

The line-up of future venues goes like this: Arizona, Palmerston North, Sao Paulo, Bendigo.

Frida Kahlo is arguably Mexico’s most famous artist of all time with a massive following worldwide, and Te Manawa the Museum and Art Gallery are offering LANZBC members and associated businesses and individuals the unique opportunity to sponsor this exhibition. Further information on exhibition sponsorship is available here. For more details, please contact Andy Lowe, CEO of Te Manawa the Museum and Art Gallery on
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.
  • Did you know the most popular Christmas flower originated in Latin America? In 1936, U.S. Minister to Mexico, Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett first laid eyes on the gorgeous crimson flower in Mexico and shipped back samples of the plant to his native U.S. Americans took a liking to the flower and nicknamed it the “Poinsettia", after the man who "discovered" it.
  • In Panama, many celebrate the Christmas season (and the end of a long year) by creating a life-sized muñeca, or doll, and propping it up outside their homes. They often create them to look like themselves, a friend, a family member, a well-known public figure, etc. and dress them in old clothing. The best part? On New Year's Eve, they blow up the muñecas to symbolize the end of a old year and a fresh start.
  • In Colombia, the unofficial start to the Christmas season is Dec. 7th -- El Día de las Velitas, the Day of the Little Candles. On this day, families light candles, usually about 100, and place them on the sidewalk area. The event honours the Immaculate Conception, which the church celebrates the next day, on Dec. 8th.
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