01 Nov 2018
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council (LANZBC), congratulates the New Zealand Government on the news that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has been ratified by six member nations, including New Zealand and Mexico, and will be in force by 30 December.Read more
30 Oct 2018
New Zealand and Mexico will soon be free-trade partners for the first time, with New Zealand having recently ratified the CPTPP. So the visit to Wellington and Christchurch last week of the Mexican Ambassador José Gerardo Traslosheros and the Trade Commissioner Rodolfo Esaú Garza de Vega, was very timely.Read more
28 Sep 2018
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21 Sep 2018
September sees the anniversaries of Independence for Brazil (7th), Mexico (16th) and Chile (18th) and the Embassies each celebrated their national days with typical Latin American energy and enthusiasm. In this article, Mexican Ambassador José Gerardo Traslosheros Hernández reports on their Mexican fiesta.Read more
14 Sep 2018
Negotiations towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru) are progressing at pace. The Ministery of Foreign Affairs & Trade released an update on the negotiations and New Zealand's progress against its objectives earlier this month.Read more
29 Aug 2018
The Ambassadors of Latin America have had a busy month meeting with Government Ministers and political party leaders, emphasising the importance of a trade relationship between the region and New Zealand.Read more
27 Aug 2018
On August 8 Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced changes to Post Study Work Rights for international students studying in New Zealand tertiary institutions.
Among the changes announced are a three-year open work visa for graduates of undergraduate, masters and PhD programmes, and the availability of work visas and subsidised education for their partners and children. These changes have been welcomed by the NZ International Education community, and represent a significant opportunity for those exporting education to Latin America.
03 Aug 2018
A thick fog didn’t stop LANZBC members and friends from enjoying the first of the LANZBC’s Ambassador Breakfast series with Caroline Bilkey on Thursday 2 August. While denied the usual enviable view from NZTE’s Auckland office, attendees were treated to a wonderfully rich, frank and personal presentation on Brazil from Caroline, now Assistant Secretary and Group Director of MFAT Auckland.Read more
03 Aug 2018
Once known as one of the world’s most notorious cities during the reign of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, Medellin in Colombia is hot again, but this time for the right reasons.
The city is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations among young New Zealanders benefitting from the Prime Minister’s Scholarships to Latin America (PMSLA).
The 11 University of Auckland students selected for the 2018-2019 PMSLA scholarships will include five doctoral candidates and six undergraduates. All 11 will complete 12-week internships with businesses in Medellin delivered through the Intern Group.
09 Mar 2018
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council (‘LANZBC’), the leading business organisation focused solely on the promotion of trade and commerce between New Zealand and Latin America, wholeheartedly congratulates the New Zealand Government on the signing of The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in Chile this morning.Read more
13 Nov 2017
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council welcomes the revived negotiations on the trade deal now known as the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).Read more
01 Jul 2017
The LANZBC congratulates Trade Minister Todd McClay and the New Zealand Government on the launch of free trade agreement negotiations with Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.Read more
16 Mar 2017
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has signed an Agricultural Cooperation Arrangement with Argentina today, aimed at building closer relationships between the two countries.Read more
09 Mar 2017
The LANZBC congratulate the University of Auckland and Victoria University on their successful bid to host new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).
The CAPEs will be cross-institutional centres of excellence specialising in the language, culture, politics and economics of countries or groups of countries within the Asia-Pacific region.
04 Aug 2016
The LANZBC has written to The Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, congratulating him on the Government's decision to include Latin America in the new Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) and extending the Prime Minister's scholarships to this region.Read more
20 Jul 2016
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced on 19 July that the Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme for international study with be extended to Latin America, as well as Asia.
The Latin American scholarships will give kiwi students much greater exposure to another part of the Asia-Pacific region that will become increasingly important to New Zealand in the years ahead.
“The scholarships will mean more young Kiwis are exposed to Latin American countries and cultures, and this will strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Latin American trading partners in the future,” Mr Joyce says.
27 Jun 2016
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced $34.5 million in funding to develop new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) in New Zealand universities.
CAPEs will be cross-institutional centres of excellence in the language, culture, politics and economics of countries or groups of countries within the Asia-Pacific region. As well as teaching about and researching these countries, they will be mandated to help all learners, exporters, and government agencies improve their understanding of the countries and their languages.
03 Jun 2016
The LANZBC has made a submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in support of the extension of the Primary Sector Training Visa schemes to Uruguay and Argentina.Read more
11 Mar 2016
The LANZBC have made a submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee in support of New Zealand becoming a party to the TPPA.Read more
03 Feb 2016
The LANZBC joined 27 other business organisations in support for the TPP, in an open letter to Prime Minister John Key. The organisations - representing the majority of New Zealand business - believe that New Zealand business, and the country as a whole, stands to gain significantly from the agreement.Read more
11 Dec 2015
Matthew O'Meagher, President of the LANZBC, and Nick Fitzpatrick, LANZBC Director feature in this NZ Herald article on Buenos Aires, following Air New Zealand's inaugural flight to the Argentine capital on 1 December.Read more
06 Oct 2015
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council congratulates the New Zealand Government on the successful conclusion of this historic trade agreement.
Matthew O’Meagher, President of the LANZBC commented:
“This agreement integrates New Zealand and three Latin American nations into the heart of pioneering new trade arrangements linking Asia, Australasia and the Americas."
15 Sep 2015
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council congratulates the New Zealand Government on its decision to open an Embassy in Bogota next year.
Matthew O’Meagher, President of the LANZBC commented:
“The potential of the Colombian market has become increasingly apparent to Council members, many of whom have joined Government missions to the market in recent years."
12 Dec 2014
Air NZ announces a Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate three return services a week on the route all year round, with flights set to begin in December 2015.Read more
14 May 2014
What opportunity does Latin America represent to Kiwi exporters? Duncan Garner catches up with Radio Live's small business correspondent Louise Pagonis in this edition of Small Business Report.Read more