Please join us once again for the 3rd NZCBIA Annual Conference that will run in conjunction with the first NZ International Property & Building Expo!

The Conference and Expo are the premier events to engage with suppliers, contractors, developers and consultants in the NZ Chinese community and from China.

Come join us at the Vodafone Events Centre 21-22 July to discover more!

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Bridge Builder - Kiwi Chinese Builders Conference & Expo

The NZCBIA 2017 Annual Conference & NZ International Property and Building Expo served to bridge the cultural barrier between Chinese and Kiwi builders. clwas held in Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland. The third Annual Conference held by the NZCBIA (New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association) was deemed a success as it closed at Vodafone Events Centre becoming the major event of the Chinese building industry in NZ. The two day NZ International Property and Building Expo ran in conjunction with the conference.

There was a grand opening ceremony with MPs Jian Yang and Jami-Lee Ross, Board Chairman Hailong Hu, NZCBIA President Frank Xu, and representatives of diamond sponsors PlaceMakers and Avanda delivering speeches to formally cut the ribbon opening the event.

The six workshops focused on the challenges faced by the building industry and controversial issues, such as the “Unitary Plan” and “Belt and Road Initiative”, encompassed the following topics: residential and commercial building’s construction and design, property marketing and finance, and how to start a business in New Zealand. Dr Jian Yang MP delivered an insightful speech about how NZ can benefit from China’s “Belt and Road Initiative Policy” in a workshop, which was unanimously applauded by all the attendees.

Nicole Rosie, the CEO of Work Safe NZ, along with a panel comprised of leaders from across the industry attended the NZCBIA Building State of the Nation Summit, to summarise changes the industry had observed during the last 12 months and future challenges and opportunities in the current construction market. The Annual Conference ended with a Gala Dinner for 500 guests with Keynote speech from Hon. Dr. Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Construction followed by Dr. Jian Yang MP. NZCBIA presented a $10,000 scholarship and NZCBIA board member Archiland presented a $12,000 scholarships to reward an outstanding architecture student at UNITEC. PlaceMakers was awarded Best Booth Exhibitor at the dinner.

Sponsors PlaceMakers and Avanda Group were supported by 120 exhibitors with several government sectors participating in the first NZ International Property and Building Expo as a professional platform to reach the Kiwi Chinese community. The Expo was open to the public free of charge, with more than 8300 visitors over the two days partaking in 17 special promotions with more than 20 property projects for those interested in real estate. Vplus donated a $2,000 + smart TV as a door prize, along with hourly giveaways from Imperial Private Safety Vault, Manor Winery, and sponsorship packs (souvenirs) provided by NZCBIA.

Sponsors and exhibitors deemed NZCBIA 2017 Annual Conference & NZ International Property and Building Expo a successful event that engaged the suppliers, contractors, developers and consultants in property and building industries with the NZ Chinese community as an effective mutually beneficial platform to share information and resources.


Opening Ceremony Frank Xu, President, New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) ·

PlaceMakers awarded Best Booth at the Gala dinner ·


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Time: July 21, 9:00am - 6:00pm
July 22 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Wiri, Manukau
Status: Completed


Running in conjunction with the conference will be the inaugural NZ International Property & Building Expo. The Expo was created in response to the overwhelming demand for stalls at 2016’s Conference, and also the huge equerries NZCBIA have received from Chinese Investors & Entrepreneurs over the last few months. The Expo has been designed to both connect Kiwi suppliers with Chinese builders and Kiwi industry professionals to Chinese clientele. The 2017 event also aims to reach out to the general public with access to the Expo open to all on Saturday.

Time: July 21, 9:45am-12:00pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

Belt and Road Initiative Introduction

Host: Dr Jian Yang
Dr Jian Yang has been a National List MP since 2011, following a distinguished career in academia. He was previously a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Auckland and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the China Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute.
He was also Chair of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) from 2002 until 2011. The NZIIA is an independent, non-profit making organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.
Dr Yang completed his tertiary education in China before receiving his MA and PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). He came to the University of Auckland in March 1999. As a regular commentator on international and domestic affairs for local Chinese media, Jian is well known and respected amongst the Chinese community in New Zealand.
Dr Yang is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary of Ethnic Communities, Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, member of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee and Chair of the Parliamentary China Friendship Group.
Dr Yang co-founded the Oceania Silk Road Network in March 2017.

How NZ can benefit from China’s One Belt One Road Policy

Executive Summary:

China’s One Belt, One Road policy has the potential to be perhaps the world’s largest platform for regional collaboration. It is a hugely ambitious undertaking, potentially covering about 65 percent of the world’s population, about one-third of the world’s GDP, and about a quarter of all the goods and services the world moves.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to New Zealand in May of this year brought the One Belt One Road policy to forefront of the national discussion. Policy commentators debated what the visit would mean for NZ; a massive influx of foreign investment into infrastructure or a new free trade agreement.
The host will briefly introduce OBOR for those who are unfamiliar with the policy and then lead a discussion with a panel of experts to discuss how NZ businesses can maximise benefits from it and what policies the Government can enact to make this easier. The host will also talk about how the policy framework could influence offshore Chinese companies to come to NZ and what this could mean for infrastructure here.


Time: July 21, 9:45am-12:00pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

Doing business in New Zealand – legal, tax and accounting landscape

Host: Philippa Wang – Associate Director, Deloitte (Honorary Accountant to NZCBIA)
Philippa has been with Deloitte for over 10 years and has served a diverse variety of clients both in accounting, tax and business advisory areas. Philippa has assisted numerous Chinese speaking business owners and high net worth individuals, investing and doing business in New Zealand. Philippa specialises in Virtual CFO, management and annual accounts, tax compliance and compliance reporting for a wide variety of entities, including several large overseas owned entities and one NZX listed entity. Philippa speaks fluent Mandarin.

Doing business in New Zealand – legal, tax and accounting landscape

Executive Summary:

New Zealand provides its investors with a free and open business environment and a sophisticated business legal system. It is an ideal country for investment. Similar to many developed countries, most of the businesses are carried out as limited liability companies. Investors can also undertake businesses in partnerships or sole proprietorship.
New Zealand has a sophisticated and stable tax system and a broad tax basis although capital gains are not currently taxed. In New Zealand, the Financial Reporting Act 2013 sets out a new financial reporting framework and minimum financial reporting requirements.
New Zealand businesses must submit an annual tax return and pay tax (provisional tax instalment rules apply) to IR. The tax regimes generally operate on a self-assessment basis with returns filed being selected for review/audit by IR from time to time.
It is important to understand the legal, tax and reporting compliance requirements for investors wanting to successfully doing business in New Zealand.


Time: July 21, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

NZCBIA Building State of the Nation Summit

Friday 21st July
The theme of this year’s Summit is Innovation & Entrepreneurship, including how NZ can benefit from China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
The passing of Auckland’s Unitary Plan has opened up so many doors for new projects, particularly in the residential sector. However, the public (particularly homeowners) have been apprehensive of the impact in their neighbourhood. This uncertainty will allow NZCBIA to position itself as a leader in utilising innovation and entrepreneurship to make Auckland and New Zealand the most liveable country in the world. The aim of the Summit is for industry leaders to explore ways that the sector can continue to evolve and prosper.
The event will also introduce what China’s impressive “One Belt, One Road” initiative can mean for New Zealand businesses, both how to benefit and to make sure that any projects are completed in a sustainable way to ensure New Zealand’s points of difference in the world.

Time: July 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Seminar Arear
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

LBP Upskilling Workshop

Hosted by: John Tait
Host Introduction
John Tait is a builder by trade and has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years, with his last 16 years spent within the building control sector. He assists many councils with building control issues, audits council building control teams and has a strong interest in industry training. This includes presenting the PlaceMakers Skills Maintenance Series' around New Zealand. John is proud to work in an industry that strives to provide buildings that our families can live, work and play in safely.

Qualifications include:
Trade and Advanced Trade Certificate in Carpentry
National Diploma in Construction Management
National Diploma in Building Control Surveying

Workshop Executive Summary:

The workshop will provide one hour learning, resulting in 1 LBP elective point. The workshop will cover the latest regulatory and industry updates that LBP’s need to be aware of including:
¤Introduction to the NZ Building Act; the perfect world as the Act sees it; the roles and responsibilities of the parties to the Act.
¤The roles and obligations of the LBP scheme; managing products and product substitution; managing building officers; amendments and record keeping.


Time: July 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

Gala Dinner

A night of glamour, recognition and achievement - please join us as we celebrate the best of the industry in New Zealand at a black-tie evening event, the New Zealand Chinese Building Association Gala Dinner.
The Gala Dinner is the highlight of the conference and is a great way to network with industry participants in a relaxed environment.
The dinner has become a great annual event to showcase outstanding industry projects, recognise exceptional achievements and above all, catch-up with our industry peers and colleagues.

Time: July 21, 9:45am-12:00pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

Property Marketing and Property Finance

Host: Gloria Zeng – Barfoot and Thompson
Gloria Zeng is an experienced and professional property marketing specialist who works to achieve the best results for her clients. Before joining the real estate industry in 2003, Gloria completed a Bachelor of Commerce in the University of Auckland. She also has experience in teaching, accounting and finance. Gloria gained many transferable skills in her previous careers and has developed a high standard of business ethics. Her integrity and professionalism is highly regarded by many of her clients. Gloria is also excellent negotiator and communicator, with knowledge of English, Mandarin and Cantonese ensuring every deal is a smooth transaction. Her mixture of experience and enthusiasm enables Gloria to effectively bring the best service and the outcome for her transactions.

Current Apartment and Commercial Development Trends
How to arrange finance for apartment or commercial projects

Executive Summary:

There past few years has seen a huge increase in the number of apartment blocks being sold in Auckland, especially off plans. This growth reflects a change in buyers perceptions of apartments, from being only an investment to an attractive option for owner occupiers. The discussion will focus on
• The current and upcoming trends in apartment developments
• Pricing and supply forecasting
• How to use innovative marketing to beat the market slowdown
In the last 2 years, we found so many failure of apartment developments, mainly due to the miss-management around the funding. The workshop will also discuss how to arrange finance / funding for apartment or commercial development projects, including what can be done to deal with the current tough market conditions and what alternative solutions developers can access


Time: July 21, 9:45am - 12:00pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Completed

Residential & Commercial Design

Host: Feng Zhan – Vice President of NZCBIA
As a registered architect, Feng has practiced architecture in New Zealand over twenty years. Feng has always had a passion for design and enjoys the journey to transform every concept into built realty.
As an Executive Director in Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects, based in Auckland and Christchurch, Feng has designed numerous medium to large sized projects throughout New Zealand, including retail, commercial, and industrial design projects. The clients Feng has worked for include Farmers, Placemakers, Westfield, Progressive Enterprises, Property for Industries and many other prominent New Zealand companies and organisations.
Since 2007, Feng has played a pivotal role in WMZA’s business venture into India and China. He has been the driving force behind successful design and delivery of all our large-scale master planning and architectural projects in both countries.

Topic One: How to response to the challenges of Higher Density design trend
Topic Two: Collaboration between mainstream and Chinese design consultants within the commercial design supply chain

Executive Summary:

The passing of Auckland’s Unitary Plan has confirmed what designers and architects have long been advocating; the need for higher density house. This follows a worldwide trend and as such, Kiwis can look for expertise and inspiration overseas, including China. The discussion will focus on the challenges of current residential and commercial design consultancy market and how cross cultural cooperation can have positive effects.
The host will invite several panel speakers who have in-depth understanding and significant experience of the NZ design market, they will share their view on the current and future challenges of design market.
The host and panel speakers will identify the major obstacles and together with audience input, they will try to discuss the potential solutions to these challenges.


Time: July 21, 9:45am - 12:00pm
Location: Seminar Area
Max Seat: 500
Status: Openning

Residential & Commercial Construction

Host: Frank Xu – President of NZCBIA
Frank Xu – B.E (Civil), Master of Project Management. Frank has twenty eight years of solid background in building & property development industry, both in China (8 years) and New Zealand (20 years), which he has been involved in commercial and residential construction projects, and residential property development projects. He has in-depth understanding and managerial skills of many areas in the industry. The projects he involved in are mainly in Auckland Region, include major office developments, high-rise and multi-storey apartments, shopping centres and retail shops, warehouses, service stations, housing developments, refurbishment of existing buildings, residential houses, land subdivision etc.

How to response to the challenges & opportunities of current construction market

Executive Summary:

The discussion will focus on the both challenges & opportunities of current residential and commercial construction market.
The host will invite several panel speakers who have in-depth understanding and significant experience of the NZ construction market, they will share their view on the current and future challenges & opportunities of construction market.
Host and panel speakers will identify these challenges & opportunities, then together with audience, they will try to discuss the potential solutions.