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New Zealand has strong economic and cultural connections with North Asia (greater China, Japan, and South Korea). The immense scale and diversity of the region presents many exciting opportunities for New Zealanders, but there is room to improve our language abilities, cultural knowledge, and commercial capabilities

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Upskilling New Zealand businesses to become more confident and capable of succeeding in greater China, Japan, and Korea. Our programmes include business workshops, digital study tours (in lieu of in-country opportunities due to the pandemic), expert seminars, targeted support for Māori and Pasifika businesses, and networking opportunities

Supporting the development of North Asian language and cultural skills, especially to equip students for success in their future careers. For example, we support the professional development of North Asian language teachers in New Zealand, link New Zealand students through digital exchanges with counterparts in Japan and Korea, and support the creation of New Zealand curriculum-focused Chinese-language resources. We also provide tertiary students with digital study-tour experiences to China and Japan since physical travel to Asia is not yet possible

Frequently Asked Questions

What is North Asia CAPE doing in the wake of Covid-19?

North Asia CAPE is currently consulting its stakeholders in the business and education sectors to better meet changing needs in the midst and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. New initiatives include our ‘North Asia Post-COVID’ series of online webinars and interactive workshops, and the ongoing digitisation of existing programmes to meet practical and health requirements. New programmes informed by stakeholder feedback were introduced in 2020.

How do I connect with the North Asia CAPE?

We welcome your involvement, comments, and questions. There are a number of way to keep up to date with our news, events, and initiatives. Connect with the North Asia CAPE.

Which organisations does the North Asia CAPE work with?

The North Asia CAPE works alongside a wide range of public and private organisations and businesses dedicated to supporting New Zealand’s economic and cultural relationships in the Asia-Pacific. These include NZ Trade and Enterprise, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Export New Zealand, business councils such as NZ China Trade Association, Korea NZ Business Council, Japan NZ Business Council, the chambers of commerce, and regional economic development agencies throughout New Zealand.

How does the NA CAPE work with NZ Trade and Enterprise and the Asia NZ Foundation?

The North Asia CAPE, NZTE, and ANZF all share common goals in terms of strengthening New Zealand’s ties with Greater China, Japan, and Korea. To that end, the North Asia CAPE is committed to offering programmes and initiatives that complement those services provided by NZTE and ANZF. We will work with with these organisations to deliver outcomes on joint objectives.

I have developed a new technology that I want to export to China, Japan, and Korea. How can the North Asia CAPE help?

The North Asia CAPE supports New Zealand businesses engaged in North Asia through a range of resources, short courses, experts, events, and networking opportunities to connect you with a community of businesses already working in the region. If you don’t find what you are looking for on our website, please email your comments and questions at [email protected] or connect here.

I am a small-business owner wanting to export my products to China, Japan, or Korea but I don’t know which market is right for me. How can North Asia CAPE help?

The North Asia CAPE offers tailored short business courses that can help businesses ask the right questions before making big export decisions. Read more about the North Asia CAPE’s Business Short Courses.

How can I meet other business owners who are active in North Asian markets? Does the North Asia CAPE offer networking opportunities for small, medium, and large businesses in New Zealand?

Yes. The North Asia CAPE hosts and supports a number of networking opportunities for small, medium, and large businesses alike. Our Tuesday Talks are a great occasion to meet like minded professionals, and our nationwide seminars and partner talks provide opportunities to meet diverse groups of businesses and people.

How can the North Asia CAPE help New Zealand-based teachers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages?

We are committed to supporting those who teach Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, across all levels of proficiency. In April, the North Asia CAPE Secondary Schools’ Leadership Conference will bring together teachers and secondary students studying Chinese, Korean, and Japanese for a one-day language and culture conference at the University of Auckland.

I am a small-business owner wanting to export my products to China, Japan, or Korea but I don’t know which market is right for me. How can North Asia CAPE help?

We recognise that small and medium businesses, especially outside the main centres, may struggle to get the support they need. Large, established companies have internal resources and can also rely on the support of NZTE. We have a number of offerings that are particularly tailored to small and medium enterprises. In particular, we offer short courses for evaluating markets and building relationships, which helps smaller companies develop their own in-house tools and analyses. Read more about the North Asia CAPE’s Business Short Courses here.

Are the study abroad scholarships only available to University of Auckland students?

No. All CAPE scholarships are available to NZ resident students from all New Zealand universities. Find more information about the North Asia CAPE education programmes and check your eligibility here.

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