Scoring off the field for New Zealand companies

16 June 2017 - 05 July 201702:00 AM-02:00 AM
Various locations

Every 12 years, a pride of 41 Lions together with about 20,000 fans descend onto New Zealand’s shores for the British and Irish Tour. But while New Zealanders have their hearts set on victories on the field, there are plenty of opportunities for New Zealand business to win off the field too.

We’re making the most of the spotlight to run and partner on a number of events showcasing New Zealand innovation and expertise. From an interactive event on Auckland’s Waterfront fanzone featuring leading-edge Kiwi sports tech, to a robust panel discussion on the UK and Irish export markets - diversity is the name of the game. 

These events are an opportunity for businesses to showcase their innovation and build relationships through networking. For the wider public, it’s a chance to find out more about the unique products and services New Zealand companies are delivering to the UK and Ireland.  After all, the UK is New Zealand’s fifth largest goods export market (worth $1.6b) and our two-way trade with Ireland was worth $285m as of June 2016.

Check out the schedule of events below.

E rere! The future of the Māori economy – Rotorua

16 June, 8.45am – 5.30pm
What are the future opportunities for the mighty Māori economy? Presented by He kai kei aku ringa, this conference is an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the achievements of the Māori economic renaissance and turn to the future opportunities for the Māori economy. 

The tech ruck – Wellington

Applications close 22 June 2017
Apply your tech skills and big picture thinking to a global sporting challenge in the fast paced Tech Ruck event at Te Papa.

Teams will problem solve and develop tech-based solutions in a fast-paced format with the best of those ideas winning a prize pool to the value of $60,000 across internships, tickets to international conferences and more.

DHL Lions series breakfast: exporting to the UK and Ireland – Auckland

23 June, 7.15am – 9.00am
Join our diverse group of successful New Zealand exporters over an informal breakfast. Hear from our panel of senior executives as they share their experiences in exporting to both the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as Andrew Ferrier, Chair of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board.

Panelists include:
• Trina Dunning, International Business Development Officer, LIC
• Michael Whitehead, CEO, WhereScape
• Andrew Sharp, CEO, Bobux International Ltd
• Andrew Gaze, Global Sales Manager, Tru-Test Group. 

Held in the DHL dome, you'll be able to get up close to some of the world’s most famous rugby trophies: the Webb Ellis (Rugby World) Cup, Bledisloe Cup, Investec Rugby Championship Trophy, Laureus World Sports Award, Men's and Women's Sevens World Cup, The DHL Lions NZ Series 2005 Cup and the 2017 Lions Trophy the centrepiece of this current tournament.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with other businesses who export to the UK and Ireland and get the inside running for future growth in these markets – all while enjoying the tour atmosphere at the Auckland Fanzone.

There are limited spaces so be sure to register your attendance now. 

Public event: sports technology showcase – Auckland

23 June, 10.00am -12.00 noon
Location: Queens Wharf - Auckland's Waterfront fanzone

Sport is part of who we are as New Zealanders. We work passionately to create an edge in our performance game after game and, because we are so passionate about our sport, we have a strong drive to create products and technology that enhance the sporting experience for athletes and fans alike.

Witness it all in action at Auckland's Waterfront fanzone, as schoolchildren put the latest in New Zealand sports tech to the test during a rugby skills and drills session led by Mark Harvey, All Blacks Sevens Strength and Conditioning Coach. Companies VX Sports, Circuband, I Measure U, ADInstruments, and The Tarn Group will have their tech in action.

DHL Lions series breakfast: exporting to the UK and Ireland – Wellington

27 June, 7.15am – 9.00am
Join our diverse group of successful New Zealand exporters over an informal breakfast. Hear from our panel of senior executives as they share their experiences in exporting to both the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Panel will be led by Catherine Beard from Export NZ, with a keynote address by the Minister of Economic Development, the Hon Simon Bridges.

Panelists include: 
• Matt Grimes, Logistics and Procurement, Shott Beverages Limited
• Kat Wiggins, Sales Manager, Seresin Estate Limited
• Craig Hudson, Country Manager New Zealand, Xero Limited
• Jessica Godfrey, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Acme Cup Co. Limited

Held in the DHL dome, you'll be able to get up close to some of the world’s most famous rugby trophies: the Webb Ellis (Rugby World) Cup, Bledisloe Cup, Investec Rugby Championship Trophy, Laureus World Sports Award, Men's and Women's Sevens World Cup, The DHL Lions NZ Series 2005 Cup and the 2017 Lions Trophy the centrepiece of this current tournament.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with other businesses who export to the UK and Ireland and get the inside running for future growth in these markets – all while enjoying the tour atmosphere at the Wellington Fanzone.

Unfiltered live: team, culture and diversity – Auckland

5 July, 9.00am-6.00pm
Unfiltered Live: team, culture and diversity is a world-class experience about arguably the most important element of business success: people.

Unfiltered Live gives you access to world-class entrepreneurs and business leaders live on stage, giving you the opportunity to learn, question, and network directly with the best in business.

Women in leadership: diversity in the business of sport – Auckland

5 July, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Global Women are thrilled to co-host an inspirational event that brings together some of New Zealand’s most compelling female leaders in the NZ sporting world.

Sport is at the heart of New Zealand’s culture and the way we understand ourselves as a nation. How can we ensure that sports leadership is truly diverse? 

Our four panellists will bring their knowledge and expertise to a discussion illustrating the important role that diversity plays in our wider NZ Story. They’ll discuss the reasons why diversity is key to advancing New Zealand’s sporting culture, and how we can bring more women into sports leadership roles.

Kate Daly, Blues Board Member and Chief People and Communications Officer, Fletcher Building will be opening this event with the fabulous Jenny-May Clarkson, sports presenter and former Silver Fern, facilitating the discussion.