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Air New Zealand announces next generation aircraft
December 2023

Air New Zealand has today announced the ALIA as the airline's first purchase of a next generation aircraft in its Mission Next Gen Aircraft programme.

Designed by electric aerospace company BETA Technologies, the battery-powered all-electric aircraft is expected to join Air New Zealand's fleet in 2026. Air New Zealand is purchasing the conventional take-off and landing version of the ALIA.

The announcement follows an 18-month period of evaluation and diligence by Air New Zealand. Through the airline's Mission Next Gen Aircraft programme, it sought and received ideas and insights from 30 organisations, selecting four partners to work closely with on its goal of launching commercial flights using next generation aircraft in 2026. BETA's ALIA is the first commercial order in the programme.

Air New Zealand will initially operate the aircraft as a cargo only service in partnership with New Zealand Post, on a route being selected through an expressions of interest (EOI) process with airports across Aotearoa.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says the purchase cements Air New Zealand's commitment to flying lower-emissions aircraft in New Zealand.

"This is a small but important step in a much larger journey for Air New Zealand. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we are incredibly committed, and this purchase marks a new chapter for the airline."

"Decarbonising aviation isn't easy, and we have a lot of work to do. We need to accelerate the pace of change in the technology, infrastructure, operations and regulation."

"While this aircraft will add to, not replace our existing fleet, it is a catalyst for that change. By flying the ALIA, we hope to advance our knowledge and the transformation needed in the aviation system in Aotearoa for us to fly larger, fleet replacing, next generation aircraft from 2030."

BETA Chief Executive Officer Kyle Clark says he applauds Air New Zealand's approach to decarbonising aviation.

"Air New Zealand is hyper focused on bringing technologies to scale as quickly as possible, both to meet its own ambitions to decarbonise and to change the broader aviation landscape."

"Over the past year plus of partnership, collaboration, and diligence, we've seen Air New Zealand's forward-thinking, yet pragmatic and methodical approach to innovation."

"We are gratified by the airline's confidence in our technology as a solution that will meet their operational needs and look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand as we bring the ALIA to market for 2026."
Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific celebrate 10 year partnership
December 2023

Cheers to ten incredible years! Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand are thrilled to celebrate a decade of partnership, connecting two vibrant destinations and providing unforgettable travel experiences between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Since the establishment of the alliance in 2013, seamless connectivity has been at the heart of the collaboration, making it easier for travellers to explore the best of New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The airlines currently operate 11 flights to Hong Kong per week, which will be increasing to 16 services between December and February. Throughout its ten years in partnership, the airlines have carried more than three million customers between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The decade-long alliance between the carriers gives customers more choice with frequent services, competitive fares, reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, and enhanced connectivity from both carrier networks.

The partnership also ensures that customers have access to the award-winning services of both airlines. From chef-designed menus to extensive entertainment options, and impeccable service, passengers can expect nothing less than excellence throughout their journey.

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager Frosti Lau says the 10-year alliance is a testament to the power of collaboration.

"This demonstrates how two industry-leading airlines can join forces to create an exceptional travel experience. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and we look forward to further enhancing our partnership in the years to come."

Air New Zealand Chief Transformation and Alliances Officer Mike Williams says the decade of partnership showcases the strong relations between the two airlines.

"This milestone demonstrates the enduring relationship between Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. We have been privileged to work together to bring our passengers an unmatched level of service and connectivity. As we celebrate ten incredible years, we are excited about the future and the new possibilities that lie ahead."

Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand look forward to working together for years to come.
Air New Zealand working with Starlink to redefine domestic travel
December 2023

In a step toward transforming the way we travel in New Zealand, Air New Zealand is working with the revolutionary satellite internet service provider, Starlink, to introduce free internet onboard domestic aircraft.

Starlink will be installed on a domestic jet and, in a world first, on an ATR in late 2024. After a successful trial, Air New Zealand will look to roll out Starlink internet on other aircraft in its domestic fleet in 2025.

Starlink offers reliable high-speed, low latency in-flight internet. With latency as low as 30ms, all passengers will be able to use internet like never before. From streaming video content to working while onboard, and instantly messaging friends and family with multiple devices connected, Air New Zealand customers will be able to access internet as if they were in their lounge at home.

Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Nikhil Ravishankar says the partnership demonstrates the airline's commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences at every point of their journey.

"We're always looking at how new and innovative technology can deliver improved customer experiences and with the world's largest satellite constellation, exploring in-motion connectivity on our aircraft with Starlink was a no brainer.

"Whether travelling for work or leisure, we know maintaining seamless internet connectivity is something that will transform the travel experience for customers. Our free and accessible WiFi onboard international flights has proved incredibly popular among customers, so we can't wait to bring connectivity to domestic flights.

"Don't worry though, if you're the type of traveller who loves some downtime while in the air, you're under no obligation to connect and can still use the time to switch off from the world below!"

Jason Fritch a Vice President of Starlink at SpaceX says, "We're proud to work with Air New Zealand to bring Starlink's high-speed internet to their aircraft and extend this game-changing in-flight connectivity experience to more passengers around the world."
Crown Worldwide Group : Collaboration and knowledge key to decarbonization
November 2023

This week sees the start of COP28, the 2023 edition of the United Nations Climate Conference. The world will convene at Expo City Dubai, in the UAE, to take stock of the ambitious targets set out in the Paris Agreement at COP21, which seeks to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels.

To achieve that target, carbon emissions must be halved between now and 2030. And with just seven years to do that COP28 is being positioned as a further opportunity to “rethink, reboot, and refocus the climate agenda”.

As the conference gets underway and as 2023 draws to an end, I have taken the opportunity to reflect on the progress that we have made in our own drive to reduce our carbon impact.

We strongly believe that collaboration and knowledge are critical – not just to Crown, as we begin to substantially step up our own decarbonization efforts – but to global action. It is undisputed that to tangibly drive down carbon emissions, leaders of countries the world over need to be aligned.

But let’s focus for now on what collaboration and knowledge means to us at Crown Worldwide Group.
The power of coming together

Collaboration is critical at every level – and we see with causes of all shapes and sizes that when people unite, action is greater. One of the key steps we’ve taken at Crown this year has been to designate sustainability as a strategic priority and build an extended team committed to reducing our environmental impact.

My appointment was one step in that process, and I’m delighted to be working with Crown’s board on ensuring we deliver sustainable value. We have also established a global sustainability committee, comprising focused and passionate senior individuals from across our global family. They are working on a series of initiatives aimed at moving the company forward in its bid to decarbonize.

One of those key projects has been to develop a network of carbon champions. Crown is a diverse company, employing 3,000 people and operating across more than 40 different countries. Having incentivized and engaged individuals in all of our locations, driving action in line with our broader aims, is an essential part of our program.

This collaboration, across all levels and brands within Crown Worldwide Group, will ensure a joined-up and impactful approach.
But it is important that collaboration extends beyond our own house. We occupy a unique position in a globalized industry, a huge network of organizations responsible for moving people, goods and information from A to B. This means we need to connect with clients and, in particular, partners to ensure we join forces to reduce impact. We have started that work to engage partners, collaborate with clients and foster a community that is united in its desire to reduce carbon footprint.

Knowledge and data

We recognize, too, that making pragmatic and informed decisions around reducing our own emissions relies on data and knowledge.
The latter is intrinsically linked to collaboration: how can we foster positive collaboration if we don’t know what we’re working to achieve and why?

This year, we have embarked on a program aimed at enhancing the knowledge of our people. So far this work has seen staff complete 2723 courses, amounting to 2504 hours of sustainability training. One hundred and thirty-one staff have now been certified carbon literate. This means we are building a base of inspired and informed colleagues, unified behind the climate cause and armed with the knowledge that will help power our effort to reduce carbon emissions.

When it comes to data, we have partnered with Normative, a carbon accounting software platform in 2023, to begin to more accurately tracking our carbon footprint. The database that we build using this platform will enable us take stock of what we’re currently doing well, and where, and then build a net-zero strategy throughout 2024.

That’s not to say that we’ve been standing still in recent years. These two key initiatives will enable our organization to build on the good work and expertise already undertaken in various quarters of our operations. Last year, the UK team reported that it has achieved a 38 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2019, deploying a number of initiatives in the process. Our team in Malaysia and New Zeland have set net zero targets, while we’re in the process of procuring renewable energy and integrating electric vehicles into our fleets, to power our operations across the world. 

COP28 and beyond

The corporate world is taking a lead to ensure businesses and organizations make the most positive contribution possible to the Paris Agreement’s goals. As leaders and legislators convene in Dubai, we’re proud to be driving forward with our own strategic initiatives – powered by collaboration and knowledge – as the climate emergency heightens, and increased action becomes imperative. 

Mainfreight : Celebrating GDP Certification Milestone in Malaysia and Shanghai Branches
December 2023

Cheers to ten incredible years! Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand are thrilled to celebrate a decade of partnership, connecting two vibrant destinations and providing unforgettable travel experiences between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Since the establishment of the alliance in 2013, seamless connectivity has been at the heart of the collaboration, making it easier for travellers to explore the best of New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The airlines currently operate 11 flights to Hong Kong per week, which will be increasing to 16 services between December and February. Throughout its ten years in partnership, the airlines have carried more than three million customers between New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The decade-long alliance between the carriers gives customers more choice with frequent services, competitive fares, reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, and enhanced connectivity from both carrier networks.

The partnership also ensures that customers have access to the award-winning services of both airlines. From chef-designed menus to extensive entertainment options, and impeccable service, passengers can expect nothing less than excellence throughout their journey.

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager Frosti Lau says the 10-year alliance is a testament to the power of collaboration.

"This demonstrates how two industry-leading airlines can join forces to create an exceptional travel experience. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and we look forward to further enhancing our partnership in the years to come."

Air New Zealand Chief Transformation and Alliances Officer Mike Williams says the decade of partnership showcases the strong relations between the two airlines.

"This milestone demonstrates the enduring relationship between Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. We have been privileged to work together to bring our passengers an unmatched level of service and connectivity. As we celebrate ten incredible years, we are excited about the future and the new possibilities that lie ahead."

Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand look forward to working together for years to come.
Gallagher Security secures the world's largest office building in Surat, India
December 2023

Gallagher Security is proud to be securing the world’s largest commercial office building as India’s Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) officially opens its doors.

Described as a ‘one-stop’ destination for over 65,000 diamond professionals, the newly opened SDB is a 15-story complex, spread across more than 35 acres, and comprising over 7.1 million square feet of floor space. SDB is the world’s largest single complex, consisting of nine towers and containing an independent customs office, international banking facilities, and diamond-testing laboratories, among other businesses.

Gautham N.V., Gallagher Head of Sales and Marketing India, says, “Gallagher Security’s award-winning site management platform Command Centre was chosen to secure the complex and provide a seamless, integrated security experience that prioritises security, safety, and convenience for staff and visitors. The Surat Diamond Bourse features more than 700 doors, 650 readers, and multiple system integrations specific to this unique project. Gallagher is proud to be securing the world’s largest office building and we congratulate everyone involved in bringing this project to life.”

“Gallagher Command Centre was the preferred solution for the SDB project, providing encrypted high-end security and cyber protection, a streamlined approach to site management, and seamless third-party integration capabilities including our partner IDEMIA’s biometric readers, Verint C41 command application and single sign on and IT management solutions,” adds Gautham.

The official inauguration of SDB took place on December 17th and was officiated by India’s Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi.

Trusted to protect some of the world’s most critical infrastructure, Command Centre is designed to integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of systems and hardware, creating a single operating platform which manages total site security.
Swiss-Belhotel International Continues Expansion in Africa with Second Property in Nairobi
November 2023

Swiss-Belhotel International, has announced the signing of its second property in Nairobi, further establishing its presence in the Kenyan capital. This exciting development comes less than a month after the signing of its previous hotel in the city.

The renowned Nairobi Safari Club, situated in the heart of Nairobi's Central Business District, will be rebranded as ‘Nairobi Safari Club by Swiss-Belhotel’. The transition, culminating in a full takeover, is slated for 1st March 2024. Initially, the focus will be on embedding Swiss-Belhotel International's standards and minimal branding, with subsequent plans to refine the property's offerings.

Built in 1984, Nairobi Safari Club is Nairobi's only all-suite hotel and stands as a landmark in the city's central area. The 4-star property boasts 146 rooms, ranging from studio and panorama rooms to executive and presidential suites. The hotel also offers extensive conferencing facilities, including exclusive private rooms on the top floor.

The hotel is owned by Mukawa (Hotels) Holdings Limited.

The Directors of Mukawa (Hotels) Holdings Limited, Clare Njeri Githunguri and Lilian Joy Nyagaki Githunguri, expressing their delight, stated, “Joining forces with Swiss-Belhotel International is not just a business decision, but a commitment to elevating the Nairobi Safari Club experience and setting new hospitality benchmarks. The fusion of our legacy with Swiss-Belhotel International’s global expertise will craft a distinctive hospitality experience for travellers in Nairobi.”

This strategic signing by Swiss-Belhotel International not only amplifies its presence in the African continent but also aligns with its broader vision of capitalizing on emerging markets with robust potential.

Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, stated, "As the tourism industry continues to grow in Africa, we are seeing an increased appetite for our world-class brands from hotel owners in the continent. Our accelerated growth trajectory in Nairobi reflects our confidence in the Kenyan market. The addition of Nairobi Safari Club into our portfolio places us in a great position to contribute to the diversification of the country’s tourism sector.”

Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President – Operations & Development, EMEA & India, and Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources & Talent Development at Swiss-Belhotel International, added: "This is a significant milestone for us. With an eye on the changing market dynamics, we are strategically building our portfolio to inspire more guests to experience our brands and hotels. Nairobi Safari Club's iconic status combined with Swiss-Belhotel's operational excellence will undoubtedly create a unique hospitality offering in the heart of Nairobi.”

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Comvita's ™ charity partner, Saving the Wild, provided inspiration for Margot Robbie's film
December 2023

Comvita ™ has announced that Jamie Joseph, Director of Saving the Wild, the brand's philanthropic partner, has inspired the new film from Margot Robbie and his production company, LuckyChap. Margot Robbie, a two-time Oscar nominee and co-founder of LuckyChap, has worked on some of the world's leading Hollywood films, including Birds of Prey: Harley Harley Quinn, Ice Girl, and Barbie, all of which have quickly amassed over $1 billion at the global box office.

Currently titled Manaka, the new film is an action thriller written by Thomas "Eromose" Ikimi, director of the Tribeca Film Festival film 88, which portrays Jamie's story as an avid wildlife home.

Since 2019, Saving the Wild has partnered with Comvita ™ to keep African land safe by breeding bees. Saving the Wild's work is far more dangerous than bee stings, and Jamie Joseph has spent nearly eight years in South Africa campaigning against rhino poaching groups. South Africa is home to about 80% of the world's rhino population, but rampant rhino horn poaching has led to an alarming decline in rhino populations over the past decade.

During the Australian bushfires in January 2020, Jamie Joseph also went to the frontline to join the rescue efforts and provide wildlife veterinarians and caregivers with Comvita MEDIHONEY Medical Grade Antibacterial Honey Ointment, which heals koalas, kangaroos and wombats suffering burns and cuts through the powerful antimicrobial power of Comvita ™ ™MEDIHONEY™™ Medical Grade Antibacterial Honey Ointment.

Upon his return to New Zealand, Jamie Joseph officially partnered with Comvita ™ to provide annual financial support, as well as mentorship and support for the African Bee Farming Programme and support for Indigenous communities and nature.

David Banfield, CEO of Comvita ™, said: "Jamie Joseph is an inspiration to everyone on the team, and we are proud that her story has been heard internationally. We made our first connection when Jamie approached Comvita for help in treating rhinos injured by attempted poaching with Comvita ™ ™ Manuka honey."

"Comvita ™ will continue to support Jamie in protecting animals affected by bushfires in Australia, as well as bee projects in Africa and protecting local Aboriginal communities. For us, partnering with Saving the Wild is invaluable, and it aligns with our dedication to helping heal and protect the world. We are honored to be able to support Jamie on the ground and do our part to help her achieve her mission.

"It's not enough to stop poaching. If the animals have no place to live, they cannot be saved. Saving the Wild is fortunate to be working with Comvita ™ on their goal of protecting wild lands through bee farming, as they genuinely want to help nature by solving these problems. After all, nature is inseparable from all human beings."

Margot Robbie met Jamie Joseph in June 2018 and was immediately struck by Jamie Joseph's sense of purpose and legend of justice. Saving the Wild has worked tirelessly to hunt down rhino poachers, crack down on criminal syndicates, and uncover two of the largest poaching campaigns in two high-risk areas, Zululand and Kruger National Park.

At the time of the meeting, the Saving the Wild group was actively engaged in a mission to arrest Petros Mabuza, the leader of the Kruger Rhino Poaching Group. Three years later, Petros Mabuza was assassinated while on bail. But before that, Lieutenant Colonel Leroy Bruwer, a police investigator at Hawks Police (the South African Police's Priority Crime Investigation Bureau), was also shot dead on his way to work. But no one has been convicted of the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Leroy Bruwer at the moment.

Jamie Joseph added: "I'm just one of those who have been involved in stopping poaching, and I was very fortunate to be part of the film, sharing what Saving the Wild has always been aiming for, and being one of the ways to understand reality. Through this film, we want to pay tribute to every unsung hero who has been working with us, whether it's a forest ranger, police officer, or whistleblower, who is facing persecution from those with higher powers for exposing corruption. We also share our truth to raise public awareness of the crises they face and seek justice for them."
First trial using hydrogen to unlock emissions aviation in New Zealand
March 2024

Four New Zealand businesses have come together to trial using hydrogen in an aviation setting for the first time.

Air New Zealand, Wellington Airport, Toyota New Zealand, and Hiringa Energy have joined forces to trial using hydrogen to charge Air New Zealand's electric tugs and service vehicles at Wellington Airport.

Air New Zealand Senior Sustainability Manager, Jacob Snelgrove says the airline wants to pioneer the commercial deployment of green hydrogen-powered aircraft in New Zealand.

"Green hydrogen is starting to be used around the world as a low-emission fuel for buses, trucks, trains, and boats. Aircraft are the logical next step and successful test flights are already underway overseas. The biggest challenge here in New Zealand, is setting up the supply, transport and infrastructure to support fuelling the aircraft. This trial is an important first step to enable the development of that system."

"This is the first-time hydrogen has been used at an airport in New Zealand and is an important step on the long-term journey to decarbonise aviation," says Wellington Airport chief executive Matt Clarke. 

"The trial will help us assess the viability of hydrogen for charging and give us a good insight into the operational challenges and opportunities."

The trial will be conducted using a hydrogen fuel cell provided by Toyota New Zealand. The fuel cell uses hydrogen to generate electricity, with supply coordinated by Hiringa Energy, a New Zealand-based clean energy company. 

"It's a privilege to be supporting Air New Zealand and Wellington Airport in demonstrating the safe use of hydrogen for use in aviation, says Hiringa Energy Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Clennett.

"Green hydrogen has a significant role to play in decarbonising Aotearoa, and this programme is helping everyone to better understand the benefits of introducing hydrogen to airport operations as we prepare for hydrogen-powered aircraft in the future."

Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive, Neeraj Lala says the firm's introduction of its hydrogen fuel cell generator at Wellington Airport directly aligns with its strategy.

"We are passionate about advancing the hydrogen economy in New Zealand by introducing innovative new technology that supports our decarbonisation ambition."

"By showcasing innovative solutions like the fuel cell generator in practical applications such as aviation, we can stimulate demand and demonstrate the viability and benefits of hydrogen technology, ultimately paving the way for broader adoption and investment in hydrogen across various sectors of the New Zealand economy."

"Our Toyota Fuel Cell Generators will now provide companies serious about climate with a genuine clean energy alternative," says Neeraj.

The trial will run until 15 March.
NZCCHK delegation attends Canton Fair 135 Phase One in Guangzhou
April 2024

A small delegation (pictured above minus executive officer Nicola McCardle who was taking the photo!) from NZCCHK visited the Canon Fair 135 Phase One on Tuesday 16 April 2024. Due to travel commitments, other NZCCHK members attended the Fair individually on separate days.

Established in 1957, the Canton Fair is one of the world's largest and important trade fairs for consumer and industrial products and is held twice a year. With over 38,000 exhibitors and visitors from 215 countries and regions, the Fair showcases an increasing range of products. Phase One of this edition of the Fair featured new-tech relating to household devices and automotive parts and accessories. It's expected close to a million people will visit the fair over its three-week duration.

In addition to the delegation walking the floor at the Fair, there was opportunity for NZCCHK to share ideas with the Canton Fair management and be represented at some of the formal gatherings, including the grand opening.

A snapshot of the Fair is available here: https://youtu.be/T5KR7lIn9Tg?feature=shared

New Zealand's relationship with the Canton Fair goes way back to 1957 when Auckland businessman Victor Percival attended the very first edition. Victor attended the Fair on a regular basis through to the early 2000s sourcing mainly raw materials for export from China to New Zealand and he is acknowledged by being featured on the Canton Fair's wall of fame at the fair complex.
O-Park1 visited by NZCCHK delegation to view Hong Kong's waste food recycling scheme
April 2023

Members and friends of NZCCHK visited O-Park1 located on Lantau Island on 13 April 2024 to learn about Hong Kong's waste food recycling. The facility accepts restaurant and manufacturing waste as well as foods that have passed use-by dates.

Following the exploits of Mr Germ, the group was introduced to Mr Fishbone, Mrs Mooncake and Ms Cheesecake among others (see image below) and was guided through the process of food waste anerobic digestion in odour reducing negative pressure, gases from which are used to generate enough electricity to supply some 3,000 households.

In addition, the facility is able to recharge off-grid it's BYD electric coach which transports visitors to/from the facility. It also produces compost which is sold to landscapers and garden centres, and supports the facility's rooftop vegetable gardens.

This visit was the first of a number of planned visits to environment based processing facilities over coming months.
NZCCHK lays wreath at ANZAC Day commemoration in Hong Kong
April 2024

The New Zealand and Australian communities in Hong Kong gathered at the Cenotaph in Central, Hong Kong at dawn on 25 April 2024 to mark the annual ANZAC day commemoration.

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong joined with its Australian counterpart to lay wreaths on behalf of the business community.

Below, the Consul General of New Zealand Peter Lund (right) and Australia Gareth Williams proceed to lay wreaths on behalf of their respective Governments while some 300 people assembled to pay their respects.
The trial will run until 15 March.