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LANZBC welcomes New Zealand’s first Free Trade Agreement with Mexico through CPTPP

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.

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Free trade opportunities with Mexico ever closer

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.

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Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures launch LANZBC member only discount

28 Sep 2018

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Whether you are travelling for business or for leisure Viva & Chimu can help you. They offer NZ’s largest range of Latin America & Antarctica travel options. These include fully flexible, guaranteed itineraries to South America, Central America & Mexico plus cruises to Antarctica.

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Celebrating the 208th anniversary of Mexico's independence

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.

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Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations update

14 Sep 2018

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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.

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Latin American Ambassadors exchange economic and climate issues with Ministers

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.

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New Post Study Work Rights a significant opportunity for NZ export educators in Latin America.

27 Aug 2018

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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.

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Breakfast Series: Caroline Bilkey's Brazil

03 Aug 2018

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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.

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Colombia new hot spot for scholarship students

03 Aug 2018

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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.

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LANZBC congratulates NZ Government on signing of CPTPP

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.

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LANZBC welcomes revived CPTPP negotiations

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).

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FTA negotiations with the Pacific Alliance

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.

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New Zealand-Argentina agricultural agreement signed

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.

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Latin American Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence announced

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.

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LANZBC congratulates Government on CAPEs initiative and extension of PM's scholarship

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.

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PM's Scholarships extended to Latin America

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.

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Joyce announces $34.5m for Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence

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.

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LANZBC submission to MFAT supporting Primary Sector Training Visa Scheme extension

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.

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LANZBC submission in support of TPP

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.

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LANZBC supports TPP in open letter to PM

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.

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Postcards from Buenos Aires - NZ Herald

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.

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LANZBC congratulates Government on conclusion of TPP negotiations

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."

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LANZBC congratulates Government on opening of NZ Embassy in Bogota

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."

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Air NZ unveils new flights to Buenos Aires - NZ Herald

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.

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Growing export opportunities for Kiwi businesses in Latin America - Radio Live

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.

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