Business Engagement

Korea and Japan Buyers' Tours We bring together clusters of SME export industries with major buyers from Korean and Japanese retailers during week-long visits to New Zealand.

Read about the 2018 Buyers' Tour

Japan Strategy Builder Four one-day workshops, delivered across NZ, upskilling kiwi businesses seeking to internationalise in the Japanese market. 

Read about the Japan Strategy Builder Workshops

Korea Strategy Builder Eight tailored one-day workshops to upskill kiwi businesses for the Korean market, delivered throughout NZ.

Read about the Korea Strategy Builder Workshops

Business Study Tours to Hong Kong/Southern China A guided learning experience for New Zealand companies looking to export into Hong Kong and Southern China. Four will take place in 2020 with differing industry focuses.

Read about the 2018 Business Study Tour

TAITRA Internships to Taichung Targeted towards tertiary students and young professionals, month-long internships for up to 10 interns in Taichung. 

Read about the 2019 TAITRA Internships

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Strengthening Māori Business Capability (with University of Waikato) Designed to support the next generation of Māori business leaders by giving them first-hand insights and understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Māori business in the North Asia region. In 2020, up to 10 Māori business students will be selected to participate in the programme and travel to Japan/China to develop relationships with business and indigenous connections.

Māori and Pacifika Fashion Business - Centre Stage (Hong Kong) Three to four indigenous designers to showcase at Center Stage in Hong Kong.

Māori Cultural Design visit (Japan) Waatu Weaving classes (two-week long) to be taught by fashion designers through Japanese Universities/Fine Arts Colleges.

Seaweed (Wakame) IWI Development Assisting Otago business people and iwi to prepare to enter the Japan market with a unique product.

Market Insights Programme (MIP) (cross-CAPEs) The MIP is a guided, 10-12-week internship programme that matches qualified university students to businesses engaged with and/or in the North Asia region. Mentoring will be provided by university Business School experts.

Read about the Southeast Asia CAPE's 2018 MIP

Read about the Latin America CAPE's 2018 MIP

NZ Inc Competing Abroad Case Report Series Six – 10 short case studies outlining NZ companies’ experience in North Asia markets to share lessons learnt. The resources will be used in our short courses and made available on the North Asia CAPE website.

Cultural Acumen for North Asia Tourism in NZ On-line offering for SME tourism operators to improve their general awareness of NA tourists, and ability to meet the needs of the NA tourism market.

CAPE Fellows  Distinguished international experts present to public and focused audiences national speaking tours. One or two in 2020.

Innovation Study Tour to Japan 10-12 young entrepreneurs will travel to Japan for four nights to meet Japanese companies and explore the innovation sector.

Tech Study Tour (Korea) Five delegates to travel to Korea for innovation/Tech/AI study tour for five days. There they will explore commercial opportunities and develop networks.

Read the Tourism Business Needs report

Education engagement

Tertiary sector

TAITRA Internships to Taichung Targeted towards tertiary students and young professionals, month-long internships for up to 10 interns in Taichung. 

Māori and Kiva Scholars to Taiwan Māori and Pacific Business Scholars will travel to Taipei for a 4 week language and cultural immersion, focusing on interaction with indigenous peoples of Taiwan.

Read about the 2019 Māori and Kiva Scholars

Read about the 2018 Māori Scholars

Market Insights Programme (see Business Engagement, above)

Study abroad to Japan 15 eligible language students from NZ universities will visit Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan for a two-week language programme. This includes a homestay and cultural visits.

Read about our inaugural study tour to Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture

Urban Japan Field School (with Victoria University of Wellington) Five NZ tertiary students will spend three weeks (two in-country) researching urban systems in Tokyo.

Secondary School sector

Secondary school CJK conference for Chinese/Japanese/Korean language, culture, and history students and their teachers with teacher and student streams.

Read about the inaugural 2018 Schools Language Conference

Study abroad Programmes to China Eligible language students from high schools will be sent to China for cultural immersion to strengthen language-study retention rates.

School-to-school partnerships (with University of Waikato) School principals and Korean language teachers will be linked with schools in Korea Japan. Students will visit the countries and follow-up activities and curriculum materials will be developed by teachers.

Programme of professional development for teachers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages (with FLS and UniServices) Supporting the training and upskilling of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language teachers in a two-term intensive programme involving workshops and classroom visits (FLS/UniServices)

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Programme of Professional Development for CJK Language Teachers Supporting the training and upskilling of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language teachers in a two-term intensive programme involving workshops, on-line workshops and classroom visits (FLS/UniServices). 

Global competencies teacher forum (with University of Waikato) Two-day workshop on teaching and learning strategies to enhance secondary and primary school student awareness and skills.

Primary School sector

School-to-school partnerships (see Secondary School Sector, above)

Supporting Korean language in schools Support Korean language learning in eligible schools by funding the doubling of teaching hours.

Chinese Language Assistants Pilot programme to train 10 New Zealand-resident native Chinese speakers to work with registered teachers in New Zealand primary schools (piloted in Auckland).

Language and culture knowledge-sharing (with University of Otago) University students from Chinese, Japanese and Korean backgrounds will offer language and culture activities in schools to encourage student interest. 

Global Competence from a Te Ao Māori Perspective Digital and interactive resource to better link the learnings taken from Waikato CAPE activities engaging with the Māori community.

Read about the 2018 cultural knowledge exchanges in Dunedin

Public engagement

North Asia CAPE Fellows (see above)

Learn more about the 2018 visit by inaugural North Asia CAPE FellowProfessor David Shambaugh

Public Speaker series Features key opinion leaders and specialists sharing their economic, cultural and geopolitical insights. We are also building a library of video and online resources highlighting the expertise of North Asia CAPE speakers and specialists.

Read about and watch the insights from our 2018 speakers and specialists

Collaboration, networks and relationships

We continue to exchange knowledge, co-host events and collaborate on programmes with key stakeholders domestically (eg, China, Japan and Korea business councils and regional economic development agencies) and internationally, including through NZ university alumni events in China, Japan and Korea.

Read about the 2018 alumni event in Shanghai


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