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The New Zealand-German Business Association Inc - First Port of Call

The New Zealand-German Business Association (NZGBA) is uniquely positioned to help both New Zealand and German businesses/individuals through an increasingly competitive global market environment. Whatever your involvement with the New Zealand German trading relationship, becoming a member of the NZGBA will be invaluable in helping to give your organisation a competitive advantage.

Since its foundation in 1983 the New Zealand-German Business Association (NZGBA) has become an important partner in fostering bilateral trade between Germany and New Zealand.

The NZGBA, whose area of ​​responsibility includes the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu, is active in the South Pacific as well.

One of our main objectives is to advise German and New Zealand companies on market development and to support them in the initiation of business relations.

The NZGBA is a membership organisation offering an extensive networking platform; our know-how combined with the expertise of our partners make us a strong and competent partner for all your business needs.

Our members come from a diverse group of industries. Membership is available to every company and individual involved in business relations between Germany and New Zealand.

The NZGBA is officially registered as ‘New Zealand German Business Association Inc.’

NZGBA Vision

NZGBA Vision

Our vision is for the New Zealand German trading relationship to be a healthy growing one. The NZGBA is committed to providing a good solid support basis for companies, facilitating worthwhile trading opportunities and providing the necessary information for companies to further their business.

We believe:

  • There is a stable trading relationship possible between New Zealand & German companies.
  • German product is of the highest quality and has a place in the New Zealand market.
  • Trade Fairs organised by the German trade fair organisations provide an excellent promotional basis for New Zealand companies seeking international success.

Some highlights of the last 30 years

2014

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits New Zealand; the NZGBA has had the honour of welcoming the Chancellor with a cocktail event with more than 400 guests at the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Organisation of a "Made in Germany"-Pavilion at BuildNZ Canterbury 2014
  • Participation in and organisation of the export initiative "Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2013/2014" in cooperation with the German chamber in Australia - an initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Public Viewings within the frames of the FIFA WorldCup 2014 and Germany becoming world champions
  • 30th Annual General Meeting, Mr Erich Bachmann is re-elected president of the NZGBA

2013

  • The NZGBA relocates to their new office, still located in Auckland's CBD
  • Festive Welcome of the new German Ambassador to New Zealand, Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich
  • Participation at the Pacific Energy Summit in form of a German Pavilion
  • Organisation of a "Made in Germany"-Pavilion at BuildNZ 2013
  • Organisation of a Tour for German companies through Christchurch's Red Zone
  • A New Zealand Business Delegation is accompanied to Germany within the frames of renewable energies
  • 30th anniversary of the NZGBA
  • 29th Annual General Meeting, Mr Erich Bachmann is re-elected president of the NZGBA

2012

  • Visit of Delegation of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Australia and New Zealand, led by Jürgen Herrmann
  • Organisation of a "Made in Germany"-Pavilion at EMEX 2012
  • Festive Farewell of the German Ambassador to New Zealand to his new posting in Iceland
  • A New Zealand Business Delegation is accompanied to Germany, and also meeting with Hon Bill English
  • The NZGBA is highly involved in representing New Zealand as Guest of Honour at the Bookfair
  • 28th Annual General Meeting, Mr Erich Bachmann is re-elected president of the NZGBA

2011

  • Monique Surges and the president of the NZGBA attend the 150th anniversary of the chambers HQ
  • Organisation of a Luncheon with EU President Barroso
  • Organisation of a "Made in Germany"-Pavilion at BuildNZ 2011
  • Visit of Dr Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs visits New Zealand
  • 27th Annual General Meeting, Mr Erich Bachmann is re-elected president of the NZGBA

2010

  • Visit of Dr Gerd Mueller, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
  • Organisation of a Europe Stand at the New Zealand Trade Fair "Fine Food"
  • Organisation of the export initiative "energy efficiency" supported by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
  • 26th Annual General Meeting, Mr Erich Bachmann is re-elected president of the NZGBA

2009

  • Visit of Delegation of the Bundestag's Budget Committee
  • Welcome Luncheon for Thomas Meister, new German Ambassador to New Zealand
  • Organisation of the export initiative "Energy Efficiency in Buildings " supported by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
  • 25th Annual General Meeting – Mr Erich Bachmann re-elected as President

2003

  • 20th Anniversary with guest speakers Helen Clarke, Prime Minister, Ambassador Riedler, Prof. Dr. Eckhard Rohkamm, Chairman of the German-Asia Pacific Business Association (OAV)

2002

  • NZGBA Trade Representative attends DIHT World Conference

2001

  • Visit of German President Johannes Rau

1998

  • Visit of Dr Schomerus, Federal Ministry of Economics

1997

  • Visit of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
  • Visit of Dr Günther Rexroth, Federal Minister for the Economy

1996

  • Hans-Peter Stihl, President of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, visits again
  • Visit of the German-Oceanic Parliamentary Group
  • NZGBA Trade Representatives attend DIHT World Conference in Bonn

1995

  • Coordination of programme for a delegation from the Select Committee for Finance for the German Bundestag
  • NZGBA exhibits at Hanover Fair promoting trade with New Zealand

1994

  • Federal Ministry of Economics and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce confirm status as official representative of the NZGBA.
  • Hans-Peter Stihl, President of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, re-visits the NZGBA.

1993

  • Visit of Richard von Weizsäcker, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Visit of Dr Klaus Kinkel, German Foreign Minister

1992

  • Visit of Mrs Burre, Ministry of Economics

1990

  • German Pavillion at EMEX and Agricultural Fieldays

1989

  • Visit of Peter Stihl, President of the Chamber of Commerce in Germany
  • Visit of Dr Reinger, Vice-President of the Bundestag

1987

  • Visit of German Minister of Economics, Mr Martin Bangemann
  • Host to Ted Farnon, New Zealand Ambassador to Germany

1986

  • First Catalogue Show – 120 participating German companies
  • 2 visitors from German Bundestag

1985

  • Luncheon with Dr Hans Steger, German Ambassador in New Zealand and a number of other pacific islands.

1984

  • Visit of Dr Abel, State Secretary, Ministry of Economics

1983

  • Set up of NZGBA due to the market demand (August)
  • A trade mission from Baden-Baden visits the NZGBA
  • Visit of Dr. Albert Probst, Ministry of Scientific and Technological Research

1980

  • Opening of German Trade Office in September – 78 foundation members (German Delegate – Mr Rudi Rindermann sent out by German Chambers of Commerce and Industry)

Global Network

   

If you want to be a successful player in a foreign market, your first task is to gain as much information about this market as possible.
The New Zealand German Business Association (NZGBA) has over 30 years of experience. A competent team of experts and partners who can deal with all facets of the New Zealand and German market will guide you through the multiple aspects of dealing with a new country. We co-operate with potential partners and develop your market entry strategies in order to set up your market position. You will benefit from our know-how.

  

At 130 locations in 90 countries around the world, the members of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German companies.






  

AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German Companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries.

The umbrella organisation of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs.

Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the link from AHKs to business and markets.

AHKs fulfil three main tasks at their locations.

1. Official Representation of German Companies

AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as a business location.

2. Member Organisation

AHKs are member organisations for companies actively involved in bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.

3. Service Providers to Companies

Under the brand DEinternational AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.

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New Zealand German
Business Association Inc.

Level 14
PwC Tower
188 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

+64 9 304 0120
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