Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will open the conference and provide critical insights into the new government and New Zealand’s evolving relationship with the United States.
Accelerating momentum requires New Zealand to step up the level of ambition at both governmental and business level, and focus on and leverage fast-growing opportunities with the United States as that country itself undergoes transformative change.
The U.S. is New Zealand’s third-largest individual trading partner and a significant growing source of foreign direct investment, innovation, research and tourism. In the year ended June 2023 New Zealand exported NZ$14.05 billion of total goods and services to the U.S. and imported NZ $11.83 billion, a total trade value of NZ$25.88 billion.
There is a significant opportunity to expand the bilateral relationship into newer, high-value areas – like green technologies, high-value sustainable agricultural exports and partnerships, space and hi-technologies – but moving ahead requires a focus on this key partnership, insight into the changing business environment, and above all, ambition.
It is time also to reappraise and look at the big-picture repercussions of the ongoing global watershed, the changing trade dynamics led by a United States which is now focused on security and industrial policies – rather than a free trade agenda – and the impact of these shape-shifting policies on the business environment for New Zealand.
This event is a great opportunity for delegates to engage in strategic conversations that will inform them on the evolving direction for New Zealand’s relationship with the United States, and provide opportunities to network with senior business and political leaders.
7.30 AM: MIHI WHAKATAU
Rēnata Blair, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
7.33AM: CALL TO ORDER
MC: Tim McCready, Director of Innovation, NZ INC.
Summit Co-Chair: Fran O’Sullivan ONZM Managing Director, NZ INC.
Summit Co-Chair: Simon Bridges, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland Business Chamber
7.40 AM: PRIME MINISTER KEYNOTE WITH Q&A
Christopher Luxon Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Prime Minister will set out his Government’s ambition for working with business to grow New Zealand’s prosperity, strengthen our security, and invest in our relationships in the current challenging international environment.
During the Q&A, the Prime Minister can be expected to reflect on the current business environment in North America where he spent a considerable time in his earlier career and share thoughts on “how business can get its hustle on”.
(The Prime Minister’s address will be delivered from Wellington by zoom)
Fran O’Sullivan, Summit co-chair
Simon Bridges, Summit co-chair
8.00AM: NEXT STEPS IN THE COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP
Opening remarks: United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves.
The Deputy Secretary will be introduced by the Minister of Trade Hon Todd McClay
8.10AM: FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND Q&A
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Rt. Hon. Winston Peters will highlight the various points of connection that New Zealand has with the U.S .and where the opportunities are to build on them under the Coalition Government.
He will be introduced by Ambassador Rosemary Banks – Chair of the United States New Zealand Council and New Zealand’s former representative in Washington D.C.
Ms Banks will announce the launch of a media fellowship funded by the NZ US Council for a New Zealand journalist to travel to the United States in 2024 and the publication of new research funded by the NZUS Council.
8.40AM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PROMISING NEW HORIZONS FOR BUSINESS WITH THE U.S.
Senator Tom Udall, United States Ambassador to New Zealand.
Ambassador Udall will be introduced by Simon Bridges, Summit Co-chair and CEO of the Auckland Business Chamber
9.00AM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND Q&A
Minister of Trade Hon Todd McLay will outline the Government’s approach to trade policy and what this will mean for New Zealand’s important partnership with the U.S.
Moderator: Simon Bridges
9.30AM: PERSPECTIVES ON DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES
- Miles Hurrell,Chief Executive, Fonterra
- Professor Dawn Freshwater,Vice-Chancellor, The University of Auckland
- Jonathan Mason,Chairman of Vector and Chair of AMCHAM New Zealand
- Traci Houpapa, Chair, Federation of Maori Authorities
- The panel will be joined by Hon Todd McClay.
Moderator: Fran O’Sullivan
10.20 AM: MORNING TEA
10.40 AM: FIRESIDE CHAT: WHAT IT TAKES TO ACCELERATE OUR MOMENTUM
AIR NEW ZEALAND CEO GREG FORAN IN CONVERSATION WITH INDRA NOOYI, GLOBALLY RENOWN BUSINESS THOUGHT LEADER AND FORMER CEO AND CHAIRMAN OF PEPSICO
Indra Nooyi, the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of PepsiCo, who is currently a director of Amazon and Philips will be “in conversation” with Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran who worked with Nooyi during his earlier period as CEO of Walmart U.S.A.
11.30AM: ROUNDTABLE: UNLEASHING OUR AMBITION
A delegation of U.S. business people brought to Auckland by Air New Zealand will share their insights into the current global and U.S. business environment and explore what it takes to succeed.
- Matt McCooe – CEO of Connecticut Innovations
- Fred Hochberg – Businessman and civic leader
- Seema Hingorani – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
- Tom Healy – Educator.
Moderators: Simon Bridges and Silvana Schenone, Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking, Jarden
12.45PM VOTE OF THANKS
Greg Foran, CEO, Air New Zealand
12.50PM: LUNCH & NETWORKING
1.50PM: CHANGING THE DIAL ON TRADE – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR NEW ZEALAND?
The United States is changing the dial as it reassesses and forms new international relationships with a security lens in the Indo-Pacific.
Sense.Partners’ John Ballingall, will present new research on behalf of the New Zealand United States Council that will show just where increasing gains are being made for business. He’ll be joined by Stephen Jacobi, just back from representing New Zealand business at Apec, Penny Tucker who will share insights from a recent visit to Washington D.C. and Ben King who lean in on the impact that the challenging global context and sharper focus on economic security and resilience is having on the wider trade landscape and what it means for our relationship with key partners like the U.S.
- John Ballingall, Economist and Director, Sense.Partners
- Ben King, Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Penny Tucker, Executive Director, United States New Zealand Council
- Stephen Jacobi,Executive Director New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) and alternate member of New Zealand’s delegation to the Apec Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
Moderator: Fran O’Sullivan, Summit co-chair.
2.30PM: SETTING UP A BUSINESS IN THE U.S. – IS THERE HELP?
The United States is the #1 destination for foreign direct investment globally. This panel will look at what makes the U.S. so attractive to Kiwi firms and the types of support available to them. This session will introduce: (1) SelectUSA, the U.S. Government agency promoting and facilitating Foreign Direct Investment; (2) Denver, a city already playing host to many Kiwi firms; and (3) Parkable.com, one of those Kiwi companies that landed in Denver.
- Eric Crowley, U.S. Commercial Service, Deputy Regional Senior Commercial Officer for Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Island Countries
- Deborah Cameron, Acting Executive Director & Chief Business Development Officer for Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
- Toby Littin, Co-founder and CEO, Parkable.com
Moderator: Mike Hearn, Executive Director AMCHAM New Zealand
3.15PM: U.S. CAPITAL SPURS NEW ZEALAND’S GROWTH STORY
This fireside chat will take a deep and energetic dive into the positive impact US FDI has had on New Zealand, the next wave of opportunities, and how the US plays a key role as the number one target for investment for NZ growth businesses.
- Jonty Kelt, Founder Fantail Ventures
- Guy Horrocks, Founder and Investor
Moderator: Georgia Mills, Head of International Investment, NZTE
3.45PM: AFTERNOON TEA
4.00PM: HOW BRAND NZ SHOWS UP IN THE USA AND HOW WE CAN BUILD OUR VALUE’
David Downs, CEO of the New Zealand Story, an ambitious organisation marketing New Zealand to the world will present insights from their latest U.S. research.
Moderator: Tim McCready
4.30PM: SUMMIT SUMMARY AND PRIZE DRAW
Summit MC Tim McCready with Summit co-chairs Fran O’Sullivan and Simon Bridges.
Prize draw: Two return business class flights to New York City courtesy of Air New Zealand.
Auckland Business Chamber event director Katy Riddell with Air New Zealand senior manager Mark Kennedy.
4.45PM: SUMMIT ENDS
4.45PM-6.30PM: NETWORKING RECEPTION – CORDIS HOTEL
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