Theme: Smart business for smart cities


Day 1 – Sunday 3 December


9.00am - 6.00pm

Registration desk open


9.30am - 10.30am

Business forum commences

Guest speakers:

  • Sir Richard Taylor from the WETA Group (NZ)
  • Madam Maggie Zhou, Managing Director of Alibaba (CN)

Soundings Theatre

10.30am - 10.45am



- 12.45pm

Understanding Chinese e-Commerce presented by Alibaba

Exporting to China and Alibaba Ecosystem, (45 min)

Alibaba Group will share data and insights on consumer preferences, industry trends and opportunities for New Zealand products in China through ecommerce. This session will include a data-driven overview of China’s imported consumer good and fresh food market including both consumer preferences and online behaviour. This session is relevant to those interested in exporting non-perishable goods (packaged foods, fashion, beauty, home, electronics, supplements etc.) to China.

China’s outbound tourists (30 mins)

China has become one of New Zealand’s largest sources of foreign tourists. Learn how China’s outbound tourism market is changing, what services and experiences Chinese consumers are looking for, and how the digital landscape is creating new opportunities for the businesses in New Zealand. This session is for all businesses or organisations involved in serving Chinese tourists and nationals in NZ.

City Brain - China’s solution for Smart City (45 min)

Alibaba Cloud's smart city solution, City Brain, is a test proven solution to resolve city planning and management challenges. City brain has been landed in number of capital cities in China including Guangzhou, Wuhan and Hangzhou. The next generation of City Brain is active development and scheduled to land in Shanghai, Macau and possibly Kuala Lumpur.

Rangimarie 1 and 2

12.45pm - 1.45pm



1.45pm - 3.30pm

Business Forum – Breakout Sessions (NZ and Chinese businesses)

  • Business matching (as required, dependant on Chinese registered businesses)
  • Investment opportunities (Bank of China)
  • Education
  • Official city delegations available for meetings (On request through CPAFFC)
  • Alibaba will have 4 of their business units available for meetings 
    • Alibaba E-commerce – wholesale solutions
    • Alibaba E-commerce – retail solutions
    • Alipay payment and tourism solutions
    • Alicloud – Smart Digital Solutions

Education Panel Discussion (Education New Zealand)
Entitled “Demonstrating New Zealand’s Innovations in Education – an Insightful Panel Session”, this discussion will provide updates and insights around New Zealand’s innovations in education, as well as a networking opportunity for New Zealand and Chinese attendees.

With a panel representing a spectrum of education providers – from the traditional to the new and digital – the focus will be audience engagement and “open mic” discussion through a Q and A format.

MCs, Ross Fisher and Sarah Gauthier (Education New Zealand)
Jan Fitz-Gerald, Institute of Global Engagement, New Zealand
Michael O’Shaughnessy, Director International Relations, Massey University
Dan Milward, CEO, Gamefroot
Jason Cushen, Director (International), University of Otago

Rangimarie 1 and 2

3.30pm - 4.30pm

Cultural showcase

Soundings Theatre

3.30pm - 5.30pm

Business Tour Park Road Post Production: be taken on a tour
through a world class post production facility where most
recently the Sound design and Sound mix for China’s block buster “Wolf Warrior ll” was completed (numbers are limited) /or

City Tour /or

Free time


4.30pm - 6.00pm

Wellington Xiamen 30 year celebration

A TALE of TWO CITIES" : Wellington and Xiamen celebrate 30 years of friendship with a unique, New Zealand-style event -
art, music, Maori performance, dance, and an audiovisual show. All delegates are very welcome.

St James Theatre Gallery

6.30pm - 9.00

Opening banquet in Wellington Foyer at Te Papa

Senior Ministerial remarks

Wellington Foyer

There is no cost for businesses to attend the Business Forum on the Sunday but space is limited and registration is required.


Theme: Sustainable economies - balancing economic development with the environment


Day 2 – Monday 4 December


8.00am - 5.00pm

Registration desk open


8:00am - 8:30am

Delegates collected from hotels and transferred to Te Papa

Te Papa

8.30am - 8.45am

Mayors and delegates assemble in preparation for Powhiri

Te Marae

8.45am - 9.45am

Welcome Pōwhiri - Te Marae

Followed by official group photo

Te Marae

9.45am - 10.15am

Morning tea


10.15am -

Opening ceremony including speeches from both China and New Zealand local and central government representatives.


- 12.15pm

Economic Development exchanges – Tourism

Tourism is an important driver of economic growth and cultural understanding for China and New Zealand. The session will build on discussions at previous forums on Tourism trade and investment and focus on improving cooperation, and promoting tourism innovations, experiences, and investment opportunities between the two countries in order to foster sustainable development in tourism. 2019 is the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, the discussions during this session will stimulate further consideration of planning and ideas for cooperation between our two countries for the Year of Tourism.


12.15pm -1.15pm

Buffet lunch


1.15pm - 2.45pm

Economic Development exchanges - Education 

New Zealand and China benefit from a rich and deep education relationship. This session will highlight the value of this partnership and how it provides new experiences for students from both countries. New Zealand’s regions and education institutions will share how we expose students to innovative ways of teaching and learning, while equipping them with the skills they need for career ready and entrepreneurial futures.

We look forward to sharing ideas and facilitating a dialogue on how New Zealand and China can deepen and extend this important relationship.


2.45pm - 3.15pm

Afternoon tea


3.15pm - 4.45pm

Economic Development exchanges - Primary industries

New Zealand and China have developed a strong and lasting trading relationship in primary industries. This session will build on the collaboration that occurred at the forum in Xiamen 2015. Mayors from China will share opportunities to engage in animal husbandry and agriculture. New Zealand mayors will showcase key New Zealand industries including horticulture, viticulture, dairy, sheep and beef.


4.45pm - 5.30pm

Closing ceremony

Closing remarks from the President of LGNZ and President of CPAFFC.

Mayor of Wellington reads the Wellington Declaration (a summary of the discussions and outcomes from the Forum and commitment to forum 3 to be held in China at a future date). Mayors from both China and New Zealand are invited to sign on a large purpose built board under the ‘Wellington Declaration’.

MOU signing ceremony

A selection of New Zealand and Chinese mayors will sign MOUs that will signal higher levels of cooperation and exchange between the two sides.



7.00pm - 9.00pm

Banquet hosted by Wellington City Council

Shed 6

Platinum Sponsor 




Gold Sponsor 

Logo 300DPI

Anchor FP PMS


Silver Sponsor 

Huawei Logo

Silver Fern Express Logo

University of Otago

landscape vic logo green


Supporting Sponsor


CAPE Logo white

New Zealand China Council Logo

NZ China Mayoral forum footer