New Zealand Central - Te Kawenga

If you’re doing business in Shanghai and looking to make an impression with your business contacts or customers, New Zealand Central offers flexible working and meeting spaces and a professional event venue at the heart of China’s biggest city.

Featuring iconic design and a prominent location in Shanghai’s trendy Xintiandi precinct, New Zealand Central is a newly redesigned event and co-working space accessible to New Zealand businesses entering or operating in China. 

Whether you need space for staff to work from for a few days, a private or casual meeting space, or a venue for staff training or event, New Zealand Central is the perfect location.


New Zealand Central gives you access to a professional business and events centre, tailor-made for New Zealand companies doing business in China.
Facilities include a main function room with flexible seating and fully equipped commercial kitchen, capable of hosting up to 350 standing guests, an onsite café, and a range of multi-purpose private and casual meeting rooms. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available.

New Zealand Central is fully equipped for functions and day-to-day business use, with inbuilt audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi access, and business centre services such as printer access and hotdesks.

All facilities are free of charge to members. Find out more about how this works below.

As a member, you can use our facilities for: 

  • press conferences for product/service launches and business announcements
  • product promotions – including food and wine tastings, a demonstration kitchen for live cooking demos and seated meals, using our fully equipped
  • commercial kitchen
  • training and workshops for staff or distribution partners
  •  customer, channel partner or distributor meetings
  • networking functions and alumni events
  • opening ceremonies
  •  recruitment interviews
  • access to hot-desks

Whatever you’re planning, our onsite Event Managers can help you with advice and ideas to make the most of our facilities, as well as answering any questions you have.

Direct commercial activities

New Zealand Central operates as a non-commercial entity under the New Zealand Consulate-General in Shanghai. This lets us give members free use of our facilities. 

However, any direct commercial activities – such as making sales or signing commercial agreements – need to be completed elsewhere. 

Our Event Managers can let you know if an activity can be held at New Zealand Central, or help you identify other venues in Shanghai if needed.


New Zealand Central works on a membership basis. To become a member, you’ll need to complete a short application with details on your business and what you’re doing for New Zealand.

Once you’re an approved member, you’ll be able to book New Zealand Central’s meeting rooms, event spaces or hot-desks and access our café and business centre services.

For an application form contact our team to find out more.

Contact us

For more information about New Zealand Central, contact our team at


New Zealand Central
3rd Floor, Jin Lin Tian Di 
190 Ma Dang Road 
Shanghai 200020 

上海,新天地,马当路190号 (近兴业路)3楼


+86 21 6386 8028

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The name Te Kawenga was gifted to New Zealand Central at the dawn ceremony re-opening on the 15th June 2018. The name was gifted by NZTE’s Māori Cultural Advisors at the re-opening (Trevor Moeke, Che Wilson, Derek Lardelli and Tina Wilson).  The name was humbly received by Peter Chrisp (CE), Glenn Murphy (RD – Greater China) on behalf of New Zealand Central and Aotearoa NZ.

Embracing our NZ Māori heritage, Te Kawenga combines three meanings - it is primarily named after kawekawe, the Māori word for tentacles of an octopus. NZ Central is an outreach post for home (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Te Kawenga acknowledges the connections and relationships between China and Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Kawenga also refers to the long-tailed cuckoo- Kawekawe (also known as the Koekoeā), who migrate from Asia to Aotearoa New Zealand every year. The root word, kawe, also means to carry and therefore carry the aspirations of NZ Inc around the world.

How did this come about?

In preparation for the whakapuru mauri (reinstating the life essence) of NZC, Derek Lardelli asked us, what the name of the whare (house)?
As there was no Maori name, our Rangatira (Māori leaders) consulted and then gifted Te Kawenga! (see explanation above). The Maori leaders consisted of NZTE cultural advisors for NZC opening – Trevor Moeke, Che Wilson, Derek Lardelli and NZTE’s Tina Wilson.

Q1: Ko wai te ingoa o te whare nei?
(what is the name of this house?)
A: Ko Te Kawenga New Zealand Central.
The name is Te Kawenga New Zealand Central
Q2: Mō wai te whare nei? 
Who is this house for?
A: Mō Aotearoa me te ao katoa.
For Aotearoa New Zealand, and for all worldwide.

Hear about New Zealand Central in Shanghai.

Transcript: NZ Central Shanghai  

Well New Zealand Central is a huge advantage for us in China. We’ve had a few events here lately in New Zealand Central that have been very beneficial to the New Zealand firms and effectively what is a slice of New Zealand here in the middle of Central Shanghai.

It’s beautifully appointed and decorated and really gives a New Zealand feel to everything that we do and it's very important.

We’ve had very successful events where there is chefs, media and distributors; it's a great event space for that.

Hot desking facility is fabulous. My brand ambassador and I we work here on a weekly basis.

We are very fortunate to have New Zealand Central here in Shanghai as a showcase to our customers of what we can offer and it also such a home we can have here in Central Shanghai.

New Zealand Central is just a fabulous resource. I look after all the Asian markets for Villa Maria and I just wish there were more New Zealand Centrals.

  • I'm visiting my market. How can NZTE help me?

    If you’re an NZTE customer, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.

  • I want to find an in-market distributor for my business
    NZTE doesn’t maintain lists of distributors for specific products and markets. We encourage companies to do as much of the initial search process as they can for themselves, while bringing in professional help where needed.

    You’ll find useful information on researching, finding and selecting the right distributor for you in our Export Essentials guide to understanding your channel partner options.
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    Regulations and tariffs should be one of the first things you find out before exporting. They often determine whether a market will be easy or hard for you to export to, or whether you should try to do business there at all.

    Understanding regulations in your export destination is a must-do. For an introduction to what you need to think about, see our guide on understanding international compliance requirements. This includes tips on how to research regulations, as well as insights on local regulations, standards, health and safety, and dealing with local bureaucracy.

    It’s a good idea to take a look at the rest of the international compliance process while you’re doing your work on regulations – see more information in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    If you’re planning to export food or food-related products, you should also check out the food exporting page on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website. MPI maintains a list of Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for New Zealand food products in different export markets – search and identify OMARs for your product online

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    You can get a big head start in finding tariff information by using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) tariff finder or the World Trade Organisation’s tariff download facility. You can search the databases by product name, but they work best when you know the approximate Harmonised System (HS) code for your product. HS codes are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products and apply tariffs. The longer the code is, the more precisely it describes your product. The first six digits of an HS code are usually the same worldwide – after that, there can be up to eight further digits, which often vary from country to country.

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    Depending on where your products will be sold, you might need to use different materials or labels, and include different types of information. In some countries, you might have to translate all your packaging or labels into the local language – in others, applying a sticker with a few key details will do the job. 

    Make sure that you check out all of the requirements for packaging and labelling before tackling a new market, including anything that’s needed during transport or distribution. 

    You’ll find more details on the kind of things you need to think about in our guide to understanding international compliance requirements.

    We suggest that you work with a customs broker or freight forwarder, or get advice from a lawyer in-market, to understand all the requirements for your product and the place where it’s headed. The Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Federation (CBAFF) has a list of customs brokers and freight forwarders within New Zealand.