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Creativity + Innovation + Determination for a truly international business

Guest Speaker: Anna Mowbray, Chief Operating Officer ZURU.

ZURU is a unique global toy company, which began in Cambridge New Zealand in 2004 and has quickly become one of the fastest growing toy companies in the world. Starting in a garage, they now have 500 people focused on the ZURU brand across the globe and factories manufacturing only ZURU items employing over 7000 operators, brands distributed and marketed in 121 countries worldwide and ZURU products can be found in almost all major retailers. The core to their success is the focus to innovation, talented people, quality control and customer service.

Anna shared her insights on innovation, creativity and pure determination, as has created this multi-million dollar global business in this part of the world.

TeamTalkz hosted Peter Dingle of  Nest in September 2016. Peter is the Global Director for Innovation Accelerator Programmes at Nest, Hong Kong's leading Accelerator for Corporate Innovation and seed investment company.  

In 2015-16 he worked directly to accelerate 50+ startups across Healthcare, FinTech and Smart City IoT, all which went on to raise seed rounds from Investors in Hong Kong and Singapore or further develop business models and form partnerships with the corporates Nest introduced them to. As he grows the Nest Innovation business his exposure to the future talents and business model of Asia increases exponentially. 

His leadership across multi-country product and brand campaigns, including social media communities, execution of large scale digital projects, taking on the challenge of selling Tablets in 2014. Currently he serves in advisor roles to large enterprises, in mentor roles to founders, and is an active angel investor in a number of early stage businesses based in Hong Kong.  


TeamTalkz hosted Justin De Lille , CEO, Liverton Technology Group in August 2016.

Liverton Technology Group is an agile and fast-paced business that builds high-quality products that focus on user experience and delivering value to customers. The business has a diverse portfolio of high-tech products and services that stretch from email security to kiosks and ISP services tailored toward high-end blue-chip customers. The business is expanding rapidly with significant growth in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

LTG is currently experiencing greatest demand in Macau and Asia, with Sands China, Holiday Inn, Cotai Water Jet and another major casino chain among clients signed in 2016 alone for its innovative hotel kiosk products. Liverton has since opened both Hong Kong and Manila offices and has registered a corporate presence in Hong Kong since March 2016. It is looking to further invest in growing a major international technology business with a base out of Asia.

TeamTalkz May 2016 on Thursday 12 May 2016 featured Leon Evans, Business Manager, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare talking about F&P Healthcare's history, product and clinical overview, its global presence and Hong Kong business. He'll gave insights into medical device manufacturing and sale, linking product development and sales with Clinicians/Customers/Users and Patients to generate a successful business. Leon discussed the challenges F&P has faced in Hong Kong, the markets differ between countries and how the Hong Kong team is overcoming local hurdles.

Leon joined FPHC New Zealand in 2007 as a graduate Mechanical Engineer working in Product & Process Development. There he completed a Masters in Engineering - Medical Devices, was a key member of an award winning team (NZ Designers Institute) and inventor for one US Patent. Before moving to Hong Kong Leon spent two years as a Sales Representative for FPHC Australia.In July he transfers to a new role for FPHC India.


Ian Brownlee is a professional town planner who has accumulated a wealth of experience in the development industry. Originally from New Zealand he moved to Hong Kong in the 1970s and worked for the Hong Kong Government for 16 years. In 1992 Ian established Masterplan Limited, as a planning consultancy dealing with the implementation of a variety of complex private and community development projects.

Ian is active in protecting HK’s heritage buildings and bio-diversity.  He has been part of the Hong Kong Government's BSAP process and involved in Wetland conservation/development projects including the Nam Sang Wai project - and tried to do something similar on family land on the Coromandel Peninsula.  Join us to hear Ian talking about his planning experiences and how some of them compare with those in New Zealand.

Heidi-Anna is Vice President Corporate Accounts Asia for AIM Altitude based in Hong Kong. AIM Altitude began its journey as Air New Zealand’s in-house engineering design organisation.

 In 2008 Altitude Aerospace Interiors became a wholly owned subsidiary of Air New Zealand to enable the team to better work with its ever growing airline customer base. In September 2014, Altitude Aerospace Interiors was acquired by AIM Aviation in the United Kingdom to become AIM Altitude. 

With two offices based in New Zealand, AIM Altitude has a primary focus on creating solutions for specific and unique customer needs whilst at the same time developing technological expertise to be at the forefront of innovation.  As part of the AIM Altitude group, the New Zealand team provide a centre of excellence for Boeing related programmes with airlines and with Boeing directly.

Roger Kerrison of New Zealand's Renaissance Brewery came to Hong Kong and presented at an evening TeamTalkz event. New Zealand's craft beer scene is amazing and growing rapidly. Kiwi brewers are eyeing overseas market opportunities and looking into creative ways to fund business growth. Roger was the project leader that saw Renaissance become the first New Zealand beer producer to crowdfund when it raised NZ$700k in 10 days in August 2014. He explained the benefits of such a fundraising and the way in which the brewery distributes its "liquid' dividends!

Pete Frost and Matt Brodie (at right of image) of Gallagher Security's Asia Team, discussed Gallagher Security's activities in the region including where the company has come from and where it is going. They shared experience in developing and implementing solutions practically for a wide-range of users - from the education sector, through to the recently opened Studio City Casino in Macau. The presentation included demonstrations of access control facilities as well as overviews of installations undertaken in the region.

The third bi-monthly TeamTalkz event was held on 13 August 2015. Thanks to Scott Brown (below left) of Redfern Associates, Hong Kong and Shanghai for his presentation on business experiences in China and the region. Scott’s experience in China began in the mid 1990's with investment projects including China’s largest aquarium and Shanghai SOE leather tannery joint ventures for VC and a publicly listed company. He furthered his career as China CFO, then Managing Director of a Multi-national Packaging Group, Asia Development Director for an NYSE publicly listed talent company, and later as Director of Finance and Board Chairman for a leading European Measuring Equipment company.  In 2008 Scott was key note speaker on China Strategy and Market Entry for New Zealand’s historic China FTA..

TeamTalkz is a bi-monthly boardroom style lunch (or sometimes early evening) event featuring New Zealand Business Stories in Hong Kong

Attendance is open
to members and

Watch for details in
This Week
NZCCHK’s weekly newsletter.

Gavin Faull is a Hong Kong based Kiwi with over 35 years experience in hotel management, operations and corporate development with The Peninsula Group, Kingsgate International and Swiss-Belhotel International. He is currently Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International which has expanded under Gavin's guidance to include a portfolio of over 135 hotels and resorts located in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. His presentation to TeamTalkz will provide unique insight into business across these diverse locations.

In addition to hotel activities, Gavin is also involved in dairy farming in New Zealand and is a shareholder and director of a major Taranaki based award winning dairy operation. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, he's a Fellow of the CAANZ, HKICPA and the Institute of Directors. He's a Justice of the Peace (New Zealand) and a business graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.

Past TeamTalkz Events

October’s teamTalkz featured a presentation by Rachael McGuckian (top left), New Zealand Trade Commissioner and leader of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s work to support businesses grow their exports into Hong Kong and Macau. At this edition of TeamTalkz, Rachael shared NZTE’s regional strategy and discussed the overall activities undertaken by NZTE from its Hong Kong office.  Rachael had business experience spanning more than 20 years across a number of commercial functions and sectors before joining NZTE in 2007. Most recently a Coalitions Manager at NZTE in Auckland, Rachael has previously been a Sector Manager and a Customer Manager. In 2012 Rachael was the Acting New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Italy and Turkey. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies (International Business) from Massey University.

Hong Kong Jockey Club

The second Team Talkz event was held on 14 May 2015. Thanks to Dr Michael Hurley, (above) the Deputy Head of Veterinary Clinical Services at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, for sharing some great information and old photos about horse racing in Hong Kong including pics of horses walking down Shan Kwong Road in the 1970s to the Happy Valley track, to the treadmills and swimming pools at the Shatin track. 

The importance of the New Zealand horse racing industry was highlighted through a number of facts including that 35% of the 450 horses imported into Hong Kong each year come from New Zealand. 

One of the surprise roles that the Vets have is X-raying the balls in the Mark Six Lottery to check they have not been tampered with. Thanks also to Tony McGovern, the Head Race Starter at the Hong Kong Jockey Club for sharing stories about his role.

A former New Zealand Football player and U.S college athlete, Rebecca Sowden has spent her career at the intersection of sport, media and entertainment. With a desire to work in a bigger and more global market, she left TVNZ for Hong Kong two years ago.

After first founding a sport media start-up that won a place in Vodafone’s incubator programme, she’s now leading the marketing and sponsorship for Hong Kong’s newest mega event; the Volvo Ocean Race. Better known to Kiwis as the ‘Whitbread around-the-world’ race, the event is coming to Hong Kong for the first time ever and set to attract over 150,000 people next January.

Rebecca will share her challenges and insights in marketing a brand new event in a highly fragmented, diverse and ‘non-sailing nation’ along with navigating government and corporate stakeholders. She’ll also give a sneak peek in to what will be Hong Kong’s biggest sport event next year.

Rebecca Sowden
Volvo Ocean Race

Roger Batten is currently the Consul (Customs) Hong Kong representing the New Zealand Customs Service, which plays a critical role in New Zealand’s economy and security through the facilitation of trade and travel, and the collection of Crown revenue. Roger has been a Customs Officer for 16 years and currently holds the rank of Manager Operations. During his time he has worked across Airports, Investigations and the Integrated Targeting Operations Centre (ITOC), which is a multi-agency environment operating 24/7 and deployed overseas with the New Zealand Defence Force. The primary purpose of his role is to combat border threats, run multi-lateral operations and exchange information in a timely manner. The Hong Kong appointment is being funded through the Proceeds of Crime Fund and this has allowed Customs to embed its first post alongside Hong Kong Law enforcement since February 2017. Roger is based at the New Zealand Consulate-General, Hong Kong.

Topics to be covered during this luncheon:
The current funding model through the Proceeds of Crime funding – targeting Methamphetamine.
The overall drug problem in New Zealand, what we are seeing at the border and how our offshore upstream disruption programme is aiming to stop drugs at the point of origin.
Commencement of Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) discussions in November were we compare New Zealand’s Secure Exports Scheme (SES) and Hong Kong’s Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programmes for compatibility and what benefits could be achieved.


TeamTalkz is a regular lunchtime roundtable event organised by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and featuring Kiwi business people in the region involved in unique business activities.

Generally held every second month (and at other times as opportunities allow) the boardroom, roundtable setting ensures guests can interact with the presenters and learn more about New Zealand’s business in Hong Kong.

Current TeamTalkz Event

Mail: exec.officer@nzcchk.com?subject=RSVP : TeamTalkz with Antipodes (5 July 2018)

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