The North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence launched ‘North Asia Post-Covid’, a series of webinars and interactive workshops, to provide businesses and decisionmakers with up-to-date knowledge and analysis of the region’s pandemic responses and commercial adaptation. We held four online events over May and June focusing on mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea.

As recently as the afternoon of 11 August, New Zealand was envied by many overseas for seemingly eliminating community transmission of the virus. Few predicted that in less than 24 hours, Auckland would be back under Alert Level Three, while the rest of the nation would be under Level Two. This re-emergence of the virus highlighted the unpredictability of the battle against Covid-19, and the magnitude of the challenge facing our businesses, government agencies, and indeed all New Zealanders.

It appears that we have made good progress in containing the latest outbreak. North Asia CAPE has decided to proceed with our first in-person event since lockdown began, but at a slightly later date. Our event is intended as both a celebration of how far we have come together, and an opportunity to prepare for the significant mahi in front of us, as we continue to engage with North Asia, probably the single most important region for New Zealand to get right.

North Asia CAPE would like to invite you to join us after work on the new date of Thursday 24 September 2020 to share refreshments and kai, among friends, and hear from an expert panel tasked with helping us to think about how Aotearoa New Zealand might engage more effectively with China, Japan, and Korea, in a world changed forever by Covid-19.

Our panellists are: economist and commentator Shamubeel Eaqub; two-time New Zealand Ambassador to China John McKinnon; and University of Auckland Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) Professor Jenny Dixon. North Asia CAPE Director Paul Clark will host the evening.


Key information

Time, date: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 September 2020
(Doors open at 5pm; presentations start at 5:30pm)

Venue: Northern Club, 19 Princes St, Auckland

Cost: free (on a first-come, first-served basis)

Dress code: business attire or smart casual

Register: please click

Queries: please email

(Image: Chris Williams, New Zealand Story) 


Shamubeel Eaqub
Shamubeel Eaqub

Shamubeel is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is also an author, media commentator and a thought leading public speaker. He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy.

Shamubeel is on various boards of charities and commercial firms. He writes books in his own time on issues that matter to New Zealand and gives voice to the unheard. Shamubeel lives in Auckland with his wife and two sons. He grew up in Canterbury and holds a BCom with Honours in Economics from Lincoln University.

John McKinnon
John McKinnon

John McKinnon is one of New Zealand’s most experienced diplomats and civil servants. In a forty year career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he served in Washington, Canberra and New York, as well as having two stints as Ambassador in Beijing: 2001-2004 and 2015-2018.

A trained Mandarin-language specialist, John also was Secretary of Defence, Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and worked on security issues in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He is now a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, and a Council Member of the New Zealand China Council.

Jenny Dixon
Jenny Dixon

Professor Jenny Dixon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) at the University of Auckland. Through her international portfolio, Professor Dixon has oversight of the Auckland Confucius Institute and is also Chair of the New Zealand Centre at Peking University Advisory Board.

Professor Dixon joined the University of Auckland in 2001 as Professor of Planning, having previously held academic positions at Massey University and the University of Waikato. She was Dean of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, prior to her present position. In 2021 Professor Dixon will become Provost of Universitas 21, a global consortium of leading universities.

Paul Clark
Paul Clark

Professor Paul Clark is a pioneer in the academic study of Chinese films. After completing a masters degree in New Zealand Māori history, he was one of the first three New Zealand students to go to Beijing on official exchange for two years study. His Harvard PhD thesis was on the Chinese film industry from 1949 to 1983. He has published books on Māori history, Chinese cinema, a cultural history of the Cultural Revolution, and on Chinese youth culture in 1968, 1988 and 2008.

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