GO GLOBAL – 2 May 2014

This year, GO GLOBAL is combining with EPIC NZ to help maximise and boost your export growth opportunities.

Hear from fellow Kiwis who have sustained business success abroad, and who have cultural knowledge, roots and connections in overseas markets.

This is a rare opportunity to interact with exporting experts while learning about country-specific elements essential for success.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: Member tickets available for $129 +GST. Offer ends Thursday, 10th April Book today!

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Two Trade Missions with ExportNZ

Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei

ExportNZ in conjunction with EuroFair Ltd are organising a trade mission to Hong Kong, Taipei and Macao for July 2014.

Departing Akl-Taipei Sat July 12th

Departing HK-Akl Tues July 22nd

ExportNZ are now seeking Expressions of Interest. If you have any questions or are keen to be involved, please email: catherine@exportnz.org.nz

Indonesia – Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya

ExportNZ in conjunction with ASEAN NZ Business Council will be maintaining the momentum gained from the 2013 trade mission to Indonesia with a return visit this year proposed for August/September.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from companies that would like to participate.

If you have any questions or are keen to be involved, please email: catherine@exportnz.org.nz

Canterbury Digital Participation Survey – we want to hear from you

A number of partners across Canterbury (including CDC) are developing a Canterbury Digital Strategy. Ultra-fast broadband and the rural broadband initiative (RBI) is being rolled out in our region. It is expected that fast broadband will impact all of our lives in a positive way – for example through improved business productivity, engaging more people in education, providing a more seamless health service and enabling us to enjoy better quality entertainment, when and where we want it.

We would like to hear from you about how you currently use the internet, what the blockers are for you using it more and what would make your lives easier in using the internet.

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the results will be used to help develop a Canterbury Digital Strategy to help us increase our knowledge, uptake, usage and benefits of digital technology within the region.

All responses are entirely confidential.

You can also join the conversation and hear more about the outcomes by joining the Facebook group – Canterbury Digital Strategy or LinkedIn group Canterbury Digital Leadership.

Thank you for supporting this initiative.

Click here to participate

Seismics and the City 2014 – Building Momentum

When: Friday 28th March

Where: Rydges Latimer,


By mentioning Canterbury Software Cluster when registering for the third annual Seismics and the City forum Building Momentum you will qualify for the appropriate group discount, either early bird or standard, depending when you register.

The event commences with a networking breakfast followed by local and central government, business and media perspectives on Canterbury’s post quake recovery and rebuild. See outline below or visit Seismics and the City.

Seismics and the City 2014 Building Momentum will be the third forum in an annual series focussing on the re-building and revitalisation of Greater Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes of 2010-11.

With the rebuild ramping up this is a timely opportunity for representatives of public, private and community organisations to update themselves regarding latest developments, provide feedback, share strategies, build relationships and network with purpose.

China Connections Event

When: Thursday 20th March

Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Addington Events Centre


New Zealand’s interaction with the Chinese market is booming and now, more than ever, is time to connect. Hosted by ExportNZ Canterbury and the Christchurch International Airport China Connections has been designed to equip tourism operators, and exporters, with insight into the Chinese market. Hear from an amazing line-up of international, and local, speakers through a mixture of keynote presentations and interactive workshops tailored specifically for each market.

See more and register here

Legal Seminar – Shareholders’ Agreements

When: Wednesday 19th March

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: BNZ Lounge, EPIC

76-106 Manchester Street


Join Oliver Roberts and Christina Lefever to discuss shareholders’ agreements. Oliver and Christina will cover:

  • Shareholders’ Agreements – the key parts of a shareholders’ agreement including different varieties of shares, debt funding policy, pre-emption and share tranfers, exit and pricing shares, good and bad leavers, dividend policy, director appointments, dispute resolution and deadlocks, mix between shareholder decisions (major items) and director decisions and new issues of shares and anti-dilution.
  • Joint Ventures – the different options to structure a joint venture, from unincorporated, contractual JV, Partnership, Limited Partnership or new Company.
  • Recent related developments of collaboration agreements and alliance agreements.

RSVP by Monday 10th March – lara.newlands@duncancotterill.com 

Careers Expo – May 2014

Exhibitors include employers, tertiaries, training institutes & government departments. Targeting school leavers, Generation Y, and skilled workers.

When: 22nd – 24th May

Where: CBS Arena, Christchurch

See more here

Last chance to enter the NZ Hi-Tech Awards!

Last chance to enter the Hi Tech Awards http://www.hitech.org.nz/

Awards close next Monday 3rd at 5:00pm so don’t leave it to the last minute.  Tell the world why your business is so fabulous and what a great place Christchurch is to be based!

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Christchurch is a highly energised weekend of innovation, motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs, and inspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life. 54 intensive hours; surrounded by like minded individuals; collaborating on developing business ideas, establishing strong relationships, building a skilled network to support your Startup journey and validating how you as an individual can contribute, influence and participate in the Startup ecosystem.

Quite simply; Startup weekend is Outward Bound for Entrepreneurs!!!

More details of how you can be involved see here

SXSW Trade Show 2014

NZICT is working with Immigration NZ and Workhere to take NZ tech companies to the South by Southwest (SXSW) trade show to encourage talented tech people to move to NZ and work or invest in the sector. They will also be showcasing the industry and participating companies. Check out info and packages here