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Media Advisory – Updated NZTE Management Portfolio

Media Advisory – Updated NZTE Management Portfolios

14 February 2005—

The updated offshore regions, sectors, business capability and regional economic development responsibilities of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s senior executive team are outlined below.

Tim Gibson, CEO – for commentary on:
Economic development, economic growth – challenges facing New Zealand firms from increasing productivity to the ageing populations and the ability of New Zealand firms to connect with global opportunities and take advantage of Free Trade Agreements. The role of innovation and design in improving New Zealand’s international competitiveness and attitudes of New Zealanders to business and entrepreneurship.

Don Christiansen, CEO Investment New Zealand - for commentary on:
Foreign Direct Investment: international investment trends, key investment trends in New Zealand and its trading partners, challenges in attracting investment for New Zealand firms and investment attraction programmes.

Offshore markets: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Arab Emirates/Dubai, Turkey,
wider Middle East
Sectors: Wood processing/forestry

Dr Neil Maxwell – for commentary on:
Offshore markets: India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Viet-Nam and Philippines
Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia
Sectors: Creative: film, design, fashion, multimedia
Specialised Manufacturing: aviation, marine, defence, engineering, manufacturing

Rod MacKenzie – for commentary on:
Offshore markets: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
Sectors: Food and Beverages, Education

Peter Lennox – for commentary on:
Offshore markets: United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil
Sectors: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Biotechnology (including
nutraceuticals and agritechnology)

Jack Stephens – for commentary on:
Business capability
Exporting: Capability and growth issues facing New Zealand businesses, issues and assistance for
exporters, Maori enterprise, economic development initiatives taking place in the regions.

Julian Moore – for commentary on:
Brand NZ Changing perceptions of New Zealand business capability abroad including the recently
launched New Zealand: New Thinking brand.


Editor’s Notes

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand government’s national economic development agency. Through its network of 48 offices worldwide New Zealand Trade and Enterprise aims to grow New Zealand’s economy by building the capability of businesses and regions and facilitating their sustained and profitable participation in international markets. 0800 555 888

Media enquiries about trade access issues should be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (

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