Moon Festival shines light on China business opportunities
Last night’s celebration of one of the most significant events on the Chinese calendar carried an important message for
the future success of New Zealand business. More than 200 business owners turned up to mark the annual Chinese Moon
Festival at BNZ Highbrook Partners centre where they were challenged to upskill, aim high and grasp the myriad
opportunities on offer, as well as eat a moon cake or two.
BNZ managing partner Highbrook, Phil Roach says, “With trade between New Zealand and China targeted to reach $20 billion
by 2015, we are poised to take New Zealand businesses up to the world.
“This target is an exciting challenge which will require a huge shift of focus for Kiwi business owners – we have to
build on our strengths in innovation and technology and really expand our knowledge base while accessing the capital to
really boost our offshore potential.”
NZTE International Market Manager – China, Jane Liu spoke at the event last night and urged local business owners to
make the most of the trade opportunities with China and to learn all they can about the Chinese business culture and
“New Zealand’s export trade with China over the last two years has grown faster than with any other major nation over
the same period in New Zealand’s trading history.
There is no doubt that the trade potential between New Zealand and China is phenomenal, despite the differences on size
and scale, both countries have so much to offer and complement each other's economic growth.”
Be good with money
Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has been a big part of New Zealand life for over 150 years since its foundation in 1861. The
bank employs over 5,000 people and has more than 170 retail stores and 32 Partners business centres across the country.
Passionate about enabling a higher achieving New Zealand, BNZ works with personal, business, agri, and private wealth
clients, helping them grow and make their goals a reality.
A subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies, BNZ is governed locally by a Board of Directors and
strives to help New Zealanders be good with money.