The Kiwi Chamber
Dr. Tony Garrett has been chairman for just over a year and reflects upon 2016 as an excellent one for the Kiwi Chamber. Having run another successful New Zealand Wine Festival in both Busan and Seoul (now in its fourth and eighth year respectively) and continuing to offer support to their charity Songjukwon Girls Orphanage with partner ANZ Bank, the Kiwi Chamber have also further solidified their ties with the other commonwealth chambers, ANZA and the Kiwi Alumni to strengthen their community relationships.
Tony comments on one of the Chamber’s most notable 2016 achievements – the first full year of the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – which will be celebrated at the upcoming Year End Grand Hui on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel. With the Kiwi Chamber able to capitalize on the FTA between Korea and New Zealand, Tony remarks, “many companies have taken advantage of the opportunities the FTA has provided, while many more are looking at the potential it offers them. The business opportunities arising for Korean and New Zealand organizations are looking very rosy.”
Undoubtedly, the Kiwi Chamber have been central to developing relationships between the Korea-New Zealand community this year, foremost by providing a host of networking opportunities through their showcase Wine Festival, regular Hui events and year-end Grand Hui. Further networking ventures such as Waitangi Day – a New Zealand National Day celebration held at Mozzie – was jointly organized with the Kiwi Alumni and the recent Commonwealth Networking Evening saw strong support for AustCham, who led the event, to help the Kiwi Chamber continue to strengthen their relationships with other chambers in Korea.
The Kiwi Chamber also supports their own charities directly, offering monetary and educational support to the Gapyeong Student Scholarships and Songjukwon Orphanage. They were also sponsors at the Second Pasifika Connect and the Anza Ball, helping these organizations in supporting their charities as partners.
With 2017 around the corner, there are more plans, more support and more events in the pipeline. Alongside the usual signature and partnership events and charity endeavours, the Kiwi Chamber hope to increase the number of smaller networking dates, Huis and workshops taking place next year. As Tony notes, “we want to provide increased information to our members and also to the community as a whole. Specifically we wish to increase the profile and relevance of our organization to our current and potential members, through the provision of more opportunities for our members to share information and network”.
With the upcoming Year-End Grand Hui on November 17, it will mark the end of a productive and successful year in yet another entertaining networking opportunity for its members and guests from the local business community to continue building on Korean and New Zealand relationships into the New Year.
Songjukwon Girls’ Orphanage
One of the Kiwi Chamber’s biggest endeavours is working with their charity, the Songjukwon Girls’ Orphanage. The project, which is a Kiwi Chamber and ANZ Bank joint initiative, is a program which offers genuine backing to those in the Korean community. Offering a viable link of support between Korean and New Zealand ties, the project aims to offer the residents of the Songjukwon Girls Orphanage a sustainable and horticultural education by providing practical English development support through their program of events.
This past year, the Kiwi Chamber and ANZ Bank (together with strong support from the Grand Hyatt and the New Zealand Embassy) have been a tower of strength for the orphanage by helping facilitate a number of exciting events. The year started with an ice skating day-out, held at the Grand Hyatt with many special guests from the New Zealand Embassy and the Kiwi Chamber also delivering gifts to the girls. A Spud in a Bucket event was held in April which aimed to teach the girls about the importance of crops, with a later harvesting session to check on their crops during the summer. As Tony explains, “these are fun events focusing on the planting, caring and harvesting (and eating) of the humble potato. There is a strong educational component. There is a lecture, for example, on the history and caring of the potato. The intention is to provide the girls with lifelong skills.” In addition, this year will see the opening of a library space at the orphanage providing a dedicated reading and learning space for the girls, partly funded by the Kiwi Chamber/ANZ program.
This summer, the girls also participated in the newly launched Hyatt Thrive Program, which was designed to encourage children to experience arts and crafts, nature and the great outdoors. The event, which was sponsored by the Grand Hyatt Seoul, was held at the hotel’s grand camping zone and enabled the girls to make water rockets and bracelets before enjoying a buffet lunch on the grounds of the hotel. In addition to some fun cooking classes and a forthcoming Christmas party, the girls also participated in an annual Chuseok event which is hosted for them at the New Zealand Embassy residence.
The Kiwi Chamber and ANZ Bank are no strangers to the orphanage offering not only monetary support, but educational experiences as well. With many more great events planned in 2017, the Kiwi Chamber aims for the experiences to provide the Songjunkwon Girls a support network for when they leave the orphanage. It is hoped that through programs like this, that the Kiwi Chamber project can make a difference and even establish a scholarship program to enable Songjukwon students to enter higher education in New Zealand once they leave.
The Kiwi Chamber Year End Hui
The Year-End Grand Hui is the signature event for the Kiwi Chamber and this year is no exception. Since 2009, the party has celebrated the past year’s endeavours and looks forward to a prosperous twelve months ahead.
With a little more to celebrate this November 17, the Year-End Grand Hui at the Four Seasons’ Nuri Ballroom has a lot to commemorate. The biggest success is the end of the first full year of the Korean-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement which entered into force on December 20, 2015, resulting in a strengthening of business and trade relationships between Korea and New Zealand.
The Grand Hui is being co-hosted by the Kiwi Chamber and the New Zealand Embassy Seoul with around 150 guests expected at the event. Members, friends and business associates of The Kiwi Chamber, New Zealand Embassy, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand Tourism and New Zealand Education will be celebrating what has been a successful year for New Zealand and Korea relations.
Hoping to live up to its name, the event will boast New Zealand-themed music, games and raffle prizes with a fantastic accompanying buffet for the guests alongside the New Zealand ambassador and fellow dignitaries giving speeches in celebration of the first year of the FTA.
With a pleasant mix of traditional entertainment, food and company, the Kiwi Chamber Year-End Grand Hui will celebrate a New Zealand-Korea relationship which continues to grow stronger. Save the date to help the Kiwi Chamber celebrate.
More info: The Kiwi Chamber: year End Hui
When: Thursday November 17, 2016
Where: The Nuri Ball Room, 6F, The Four Seasons Hotel, Gwanghwamun, Seoul
Cost: KRW 80,000 (members) / KRW 90,000 (non-members)
To RSVP, please click this link: firstname.lastname@example.org