Dynamic Business: ASEAN key to ambitious trade goals (NZ Herald)

Dynamic Business: ASEAN key to ambitious trade goals (NZ Herald)

Over the past five years, New Zealand’s economic ties with Asean (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) have undergone significant growth, from $17.15 billion in 2017 to $27.42b in 2022.

With 10 member states, the union is New Zealand’s third-largest trading partner — we now trade more in a week with Asean than we did in an entire year in the early 1970s.

The National-led Government has set an ambitious trade goal to double the value of our exports within a decade. Despite the region navigating the same economic challenges that echo worldwide, it is clear Asean will be an important component in New Zealand reaching its lofty ambitions.

The NZ Asean Business Alliance Conference in Kuala Lumpur last month saw more than 250 attendees gather from across the region and New Zealand to explore the tremendous opportunities inherent in mutual collaboration. There is a keen interest to do more and a desire from Asean to deepen its ties with New Zealand.

An economic anchor

China Business Summit 2023: Rebuilding tourism and education links

New Zealand’s thriving tourism and export education links with China were heavily impacted during the pandemic years, enduring significant challenges and setbacks. The reopening of borders has seen a remarkable revitalisation of these connections. The return of foreign tourists has been a prominent bright spot for New Zealand’s economy, and there has been a notable increase in study visa approvals, particularly for universities. This panel will share perspectives on the changed landscape, including new strategies adopted to rebuild business, and the inspiring wins and war stories that have emerged along the way, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the sectors.

  • Lisa Li, Managing Director, China Travel Service
  • Grant Webster, Chief Executive, Tourism Holdings
  • Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland
  • Dr Wiremu Doherty, Chief Executive, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
  • Moderator: Tim McCready


Reflections from Hong Kong (LinkedIn)

Auckland Volcanoes

While in lockdown for Covid-19, I had the time to finish a project four years in the making – editing/assembling the photos I’d taken over the past four-years of every Auckland volcano, ordered by latitude: from north to south. 

Without viewing at full resolution it is difficult to make out the names of the 53 volcanoes. They are, in order:

  1. Lake Pupuke
  2. Rangitoto
  3. Te Kopua o Matakamokamo, Tank Farm
  4. Onepoto
  5. Takaroro, Mount Cambria
  6. Takarunga, Mount Victoria
  7. Maungauika, North Head
  8. Motukorea, Browns Island
  9. Whakamuhu, Glover Park
  10. Albert Park
  11. Grafton
  12. Pukekawa, Auckland Domain
  13. Taurere, Taylors Hill
  14. Ōrākei Basin
  15. Maungarāhiri, Little Rangitoto
  16. Maungawhau, Mount Eden
  17. Ōhinerau, Mount Hobson
  18. Te Pou Hawaiki
  19. Te Kōpuke, Mount Saint John
  20. Ōwairaka, Mount Albert
  21. Te Tauoma, Purchas Hill
  22. Ōhuiarangi, Pigeon Mountain
  23. Maungarei, Mount Wellington
  24. Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill
  25. Te Tātua a Riukiuta, Three Kings
  26. Te Kopua Kai a Hiku, Panmure Basin
  27. Rarotonga, Mount Smart
  28. Te Apunga o Tainui, McLennan Hills
  29. Te Hopua a Rangi, Gloucester Park
  30. Ōtāhuhu, Mount Richmond
  31. Puketāpapa, Mount Roskill
  32. Styaks Swamp
  33. Matanginui, Green Mount
  34. Pukewairiki
  35. Te Puke ō Tara, Otara Hill
  36. Robertson Hill-Sturges Park
  37. Te Pane o Mataaho, Māngere Mountain
  38. Hampton Park
  39. Boggust Park Crater
  40. Māngere Lagoon
  41. Te Motu a Hiaroa, Puketutu
  42. Waitomokia, Mount Gabriel
  43. Kohuora
  44. Pūkaki Lagoon
  45. Pukeiti
  46. Ōtuataua
  47. Crater Hill
  48. Cemetery Crater
  49. Maungataketake, Ellett’s Mountain
  50. Ash Hill
  51. Matukutūruru, Wiri Mountain
  52. Matukutūreia, McLaughlins Mountain
  53. Puhinui Craters

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