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Kiwis in Hong Kong

Where in New Zealand are you from and how long have you been based in Hong Kong?

I am from Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty and have been in Hong Kong for 14 years.

 

What do you do for business in Hong Kong?

I am a Sustainability Strategist with my own consulting company called Coordinate4u. I work with companies to discover areas where they can improve their use of natural resources. My work recently has been within the transport sector looking at waste management, recycling, and water opportunities.

Tell us about your work plus a memorable project


I often partner with consultants at The Purpose Business to work with some of Hong Kong’s iconic brands. For projects with conglomerates such as Swire Pacific and Jardine Matheson, my regular role is to host discussions and workshops with senior management and front line staff, to confirm their overall strategic direction and action plans. These discussions take into account different environmental considerations with one memorable project being with Cathay Pacific where we looked at reducing plastic waste without increasing CO2 emissions.  An exciting project was to help HK Rugby Union to reduce plastic waste by introducing reusable cups at the HK Sevens in 2019.

 

Did you bring family up/do you have a family up here and what do you do in your personal time?


Louise Taylor and I came to Hong Kong as two Kiwi’s with no family in Hong Kong. We love heading to the beach or walking mountain trails in Hong Kong.  Often we do that with dogs that we look after for friends.

 

What do you like about living in Hong Kong?


The variety of life here in Hong Kong is what I like most about living here. You can be in a work meeting on the 88th floor of a building then 20 minutes later you can have travelled by efficient public transport to a country park or beach and be in beautiful natural surroundings.


Kia Ora : I’m Merrin Pearse

Where in New Zealand are you from and how long have you been based in Hong Kong?

I am a Dunedin boy but started drifting North by living in Nelson for 10 years, then three years in each of Wellington and Auckland before moving to Hong Kong 20 years ago.

 

What do you do for business in Hong Kong?


I am one of the many antipodeans who are in financial services - I moved up here with ING Bank. Five years ago I set up a technology company in Hong Kong and a licensed network of financial advisory businesses around Asia 


Tell us about your work plus a memorable project

Whilst independent financial adviser networks (who support small advisory firms with licences and practical tools to help them provide better service to their clients) are common in New Zealand, there were no networks in Asia - including those who give ongoing advice to expats - including Kiwis. I saw the opportunity to build a business to fill this gap in the market.  

Did you bring family up/do you have a family up here and what do you do in your personal time?

My wife and I brought up our four children then aged 12, 10, 8 and 5. We are very lucky three out of the four still live in Hong Kong. My personal life in Hong Kong is made up of competitive squash (Hong Kong Cricket Club), hiking (when it's a bit cooler!) and sailing.

What do you like about living in Hong Kong?

The vibrancy of Hong Kong and the stimulation that comes from having a network of interesting (and successful) people from all walks of life. Living in Happy Valley adds to this with its convenience to everything. Life is never boring in Hong Kong.


Kia Ora : I’m Phil Neilson

Getting to know Kiwis in Hong Kong! A selection of New Zealanders living and working in Hong Kong, updated weekly. If you want to contact any of the Kiwis listed below, please send an e-mail to exec.officer@nzcchk.com in the first instance. We’ll pass you message on.

Where in New Zealand are you from and how long have you been based in Hong Kong?

I am from Dunedin, born and bred in the outskirts town of Mosgiel and raised in the country township of Outram. My family heritage stems from the gold rush days since 1869 when my great great grandfather Choie Sew Hoy arrived in Dunedin and set up his merchant and gold dredging business.


Our family roots stem from the upper Panyu district of Guangzhou, and as part of my overseas experience (OE) I’ve have traced both sides of my family roots in China, since landing in Hong Kong over 27 years ago. After completing my Otago university study, I worked three years in Dunedin obtaining my professional accounting qualifications, ensured Mum and Dad were happily settled in retirement and decided on Hong Kong for my OE as many kiwis did  back then, although UK/London was not my "cup of tea" so to speak. Since arriving Hong Kong is home, but New Zealand is still where my heart is. 

What do you do for business in Hong Kong?

 

I've been involved in the Hong Kong financial services sector for over 20 years and was the CFO for 13 years for a publicly listed Hong Kong investment bank which was taken over by a mainland conglomerate in 2016. Thereafter I helped establish its debt capital markets operation before departing in 2018. I now manage my private investments and do volunteering and mentoring young accountants.


Tell us about your work and a memorable project

 

Being part of an investment bank, we were always inundated with many opportunities and clients, and during the past two decades with the opening of China, led to meeting, learning and developing many interesting people and forming many social and business relationships and seeing these businesses develop over time. The tracing of yesteryear history of my own family and heritage was a great path of enlightenment, as my forefathers having travelled to California, Victoria and finally ending up in Otago gave me inspiration to pursue my roots and establish a presence in the region where my family originated, somewhat of an ironic role reversal after 150 years. My early days of business travels into the mainland were exciting and intriguing, not having the communication skills equipped to express my sentiment fully. A challenge on one hand, but an exciting opportunity otherwise. Those experiences are only developed and couldn't be learned, something which I imagined my forefathers endured similarly 150 years ago.

 

Did you bring family up/do you have a family up here and what do you do in your personal time

 

I met my wife in Hong Kong, who like me is born and bred Kiwi from Auckland. Her roots stem from Zengcheng county in Guangzhou after her grandfather arrived in New Zealand in the early 1900's. Being both NZBCs (New Zealand born Chinese) we both wanted our children to embrace both sides of the culture and to ensure they knew their heritage and also New Zealand, where we made numerous trips to visit whanau. Our two boys were born and raised in Hong Kong and are now completing university in Melbourne. I enjoy following New Zealand rugby and dabbled in social rugby in my early days in Hong Kong, but after the battering have resorted to much less impact and enjoy trail running and hiking. Love exploring the obscure parts of Hong Kong which has a treasure trove of wonderful landscapes, adventure  and history.


What do you like about living in Hong Kong?

 

Convenience and accessibility is the essence of Hong Kong, in both the city and as an international base for us to travel and experience many cultures. Within Hong Kong, the food, the mountains, the harbours and seas and the villages are so accessible, hence my passion for trail running and hiking and generally keeping fit and healthy. The access to the Greater Bay Area by Macau bridge, and the high speed train has allowed me more opportunity to explore my roots now having more time on my hands.





Kia Ora : I’m Kevin Sew Hoy

Where in New Zealand are you from and how long have you been based in Hong Kong?

Born and raised in the mighty Naki (Taranaki), but moved across the ditch to Australia for a few years after University, before making the move to Hong Kong in January, 2020 (good timing with COVID)!


What do you do for business in Hong Kong?

I was lucky enough to move over here as part of a little Kiwi company known as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. F&P designs and manufactures products for use primarily in respiratory care, both in the hospital and at home.

Tell us about your work plus a memorable project


I look after the F&P team here in Hong Kong and Macau and together we aim to further educate doctors and nurses in HK/Macau about the benefits of respiratory humidification and hopefully to elicit changes in clinical practice to allow for better patient outcomes. In terms of a memorable project - with COVID-19, there was a large demand for ventilators globally. Our team in Hong Kong was able to garner a partnership with a ventilator company to bundle our respiratory humidifiers with all of their ventilators as part of a contract with the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.


Did you bring family up/do you have a family up here and what do you do in your personal time?


I made the journey over by myself, but was fortunate to makes friends quickly, even during a pandemic! In terms of my personal time I like to dabble in some competitive squash at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, in addition to satiating my adventurous side by exploring the various country parks Hong Kong has to offer, as well as playing a bit of guitar (heavy metal)!

 

What do you like about living in Hong Kong?


What’s not to like? The food, the people, the weather. The fact that you can be in a bustling metropolis one minute, to being in a beautiful country park within 20 minutes of walking is unreal. Hong Kong is one of the most unique cities that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing and I look forward to what more it has in store moving forward.


Kia Ora : I’m Yeshan (Yay) Ekanayake

Kia Ora

Our next interview coming soon!


Where in New Zealand are you from and how long have you been based in Hong Kong?

I was born in Timaru, attended primary school in Christchurch and secondary school at Auckland Grammar School. My training as a Registered Land Surveyor was completed by 1961 and in 1962 I left New Zealand for Australia and the United Kingdom on what was known then as a working holiday. After three years in the UK, I left in 1966 to work in Hong Kong. I have been here for 55 years.


Kia Ora : I’m Gordon Andreassend

What do you do for business in Hong Kong?

The position I held in the Hong Kong PWD as a Land Surveyor was on a three year contract, and it was intended to be a stepping-stone back to NZ. I never took the second step. Following two contacts I was offered a permanent career in Her Majesty’s Overseas Civil Service. I accepted.

Tell us about your work, plus a memorable project

My work was interesting and demanding from day one, with never a dull moment. 1967 proved to be the most difficult year with about four months of riots and bombs in the streets. The British troops and the Hong Kong Police saved the day, although many deaths were recorded.  Normal activities resumed by year's end.

My work continued to be interesting and over the years I was able to gain experience in many fields that I would never have seen in New Zealand.

For example, aerial surveying and photogrammetry, precise measurements using electronic distance measuring equipment - we used this from 1971 to protect the proposed MTR route, long before it was given the official go-ahead. Other examples are a two year stint as cartographer, introducing coloured maps to be published in Hong Kong, the establishment of the computerized land data system, and assisting in the setting up of the Hong Kong Hydrographic Office.

I benefitted of course from the normal promotion system, and progressed through various posts until I entered a new post of Principal Govt. Land Surveyor, a Deputy Director post, and the head of the Survey Office. Our Director was an obliging man, and accepted that our office should be called the Survey  & Mapping Office (SMO). I retired from the SMO in 1995, when it was in the Lands Dept, and spent some time as a consultant before moving into full time retirement as a Hong Kong resident.

Ah retirement - nothing to do, and all day to do it in !

Did you bring family up/do you have a family up here and what do you do in your personal time?

I married my locally born wife, Wai, in the 1980s - we have no children - and I continue to be very well looked after by this capable young lady.

What do you like about living in Hong Kong?

I’ve always enjoyed the dynamic pace of life in Hong Kong, and now that I have slowed down a bit, I continue to enjoy my time in the hills and tracks of our Country Parks. Time spent with old friends I have made in Hong Kong is the icing on the cake.