The North Asia CAPE’s mandate covers greater China, Japan and Korea. Our 2019 planned programme of work is detailed below.

Business engagement

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Strengthening Māori Business Capability (cross-CAPEs, with University of Waikato) Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa (referring to the connections of people across the Pacific) is the umbrella under which various activities aim to grow 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.

Read about the 2108 Strengthening Māori Business Capability in Latin America opportunity

Read about the 2018 Strengthening Māori Business Capability in Southeast Asia opportunity

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

Māori and Kiva Business Scholars to Taiwan Tertiary students and recent graduates spend four weeks in Taipei for language, culture and business immersion, including relationship-building with indigenous peoples of Taiwan.

Read about the 2019 Māori and Kiva Scholars

Read about the 2018 Māori Business Scholars

Business internships to China including Taiwan Offerings comprise TECO Business Internships (Taiwan), tech internships, public policy internships (China) and digital internships (China/Hong Kong).

Market Insights Programme (MIP) (cross-CAPEs) The MIP is a guided, 10-12-week internship programme that matches tertiary students with 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

Korean Business Film Series We will support 20-30 micro films presenting Korean-related businesses and case studies across various industries and regions in New Zealand.

Korea Orientation Tour (food & beverage) Ten companies will travel to Korea (with the Korean NZ Business Council) for a market insight fair.

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 (with University of Otago) Report on sector needs, particularly for SMEs and development of tools by University of Otago tourism specialists. A nationwide roll-out is planned.

Read the Tourism Business Needs report

Business Study Tours to Hong Kong/Southern China We will offer four one-week guided learning visits across different sectors and industries for NZ companies, local bodies, etc., seeking to export into and/or learn from the Hong Kong and Southern China experience.

Read about the 2018 Business Study Tour

International Alumni Business Mentoring: Needs Analysis Situational Analysis (University of Otago) Engage MBA students to research and identify business needs to develop an international Alumni Business Mentoring Programme for NZ companies.

Business Short Courses

Modular courses delivered across NZ, varying in duration from 90 minutes to two days. Courses include the acclaimed Japan Strategy Builder Workshop (a model for developing similar modules for Korea and China).

Read about the Japan Strategy Builder Workshops

E-commerce in China Training sessions in the regions, targeting SMEs.

Read about the 2018 e-commerce workshops

Discover Rotorua Roll-out of half-day workshops for Tier 2 operators in Rotorua with a focus on FIT (with potential to be delivered in other tourist centres) as part of our support for the 2019 China-NZ Year of Tourism.

Read about Destination Rotorua’s 2018 Chinese Tourism workshop

Intercultural competency training Developing NZ-focused  intercultural competency training for NZ companies and organisations.

Education engagement

Tertiary sector

Internships to China including Taiwan Targeted towards tertiary students and young professionals. Offerings include e-hub, public policy, NZCTA Young Associates digital, and TECO-sponsored internships.

Māori and Kiva Business Scholars to Taiwan (see Business Engagement, above)

Market Insights Programme (see Business Engagement, above)

Short-term study tours for language students Eligible language students will visit key North Asia countries for cultural immersion to strengthen language-study growth and retention rates.

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

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

Sichuan Symphony Orchestra internships (with Victoria University of Wellington) Six NZ tertiary music students will intern with SSO in China for one month.

Secondary School sector

Secondary schools language conference Teachers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, and their students, will be invited to attend a day-long conference offering professional development for teachers and language and cultural learnings for students.

Read about the inaugural 2018 Schools Language Conference

Short-term study tours for language students Eligible secondary school language students will visit key North Asia countries for cultural immersion to strengthen language-study growth and retention rates.

Culture and Languages in the Classroom Programme - with LA CAPE (with Victoria University of Wellington) A pilot project to support secondary and primary teachers by employing advanced students as language and cultural assistants in two schools (piloted in Wellington).

School-to-school partnerships (with University of Waikato) School principals and Korean and Japanese language teachers will be linked with schools in Korea and 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 ILEP and UniServices) We will support the training and upskilling of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language teachers in a two-term intensive programme of online and in-person workshops and classroom visits.

Visit the ILEP website

Visit the UniServices website

Diversifying NCEA Curriculum Workshop (with University of Waikato) Supporting teachers and specialists to develop and pilot subject-specific NCEA assessment materials that draw on North Asia contexts to enhance authentic learning about China, Japan and Korea in New Zealand secondary schools.

Global competencies teacher forum (with University of Waikato) This 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 (with University of Waikato) School principals and Chinese language teachers will be linked with schools in China. Students will visit China, and follow-up activities and curriculum materials will be developed by teachers.

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

Chinese Language Assistants This is a pilot programme to train 10 New Zealand-resident native speakers to work with registered teachers in New Zealand 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 in those regions (piloted in Otago).

Read about the 2018 cultural knowledge exchanges in Dunedin

Culture and Languages in the Classroom Programme - with LA CAPE (with Victoria University of Wellington) See above in Secondary School sector engagement.

Public engagement

North Asia CAPE Fellows We will host up to three distinguished international experts presenting to public and invited audiences nationwide.

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

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

NZ Inc Competing Abroad Case Report Series See above in Business Engagement.

Cultural Acumen for North Asia Tourism in NZ See above in Business Engagement.

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