Our mission is to promote and facilitate good relations between Shanghai and Dunedin for the benefit of the Dunedin business and wider Dunedin community, and our Shanghainese counterparts. We endeavour to achieve this by fostering educational, cultural, sporting, and business relationships between the two cities.
Dunedin Shanghai Association
The Mayors of the City of Dunedin (New Zealand) and the City of Shanghai (China) signed a Sister City Memorandum in 1994. Soon after this the Dunedin Shanghai Association (DSA) was formed to help develop the Sister City relationship. The DSA's Mission Statement is as follows: "To promote and facilitate good relations between Shanghai and Dunedin for the benefit of the Dunedin business and wider Dunedin community, and our Shanghainese counterparts." DSA endeavours to achieve this by fostering educational, cultural, sporting, and business relationships between the two cities. TheAssociation also plays a key role in facilitating and hosting a wide range of visitors and delegations from Shanghai. This role is reciprocated by the City of Shanghai in terms of visits to Shanghai by Dunedin delegations. Mr Peter Chin, Mayor of Dunedin, and other civic leaders are amongst those to have been hosted by the City of Shanghai in recent visits. In 2006, the DSA launched a new logo to reflect the growing relationship between the cities. The logo features the flower of Shanghai, the Yulan (magnolia), and a Royal Albatross which represents Dunedin's diverse environment. Taiaroa Head, at the entrance to Dunedin's harbour is the only mainland breeding colony for the Royal Albatross in the world. The Dunedin Shanghai Association also has close ties with the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust. The Dunedin Shanghai sister-city relationship was an important factor that enabled the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust to develop its relationship with the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Construction Decoration Co. Ltd (the Chinese contractor used by the Trust to construct the Garden). Click here to view more information on the Dunedin Chinese Garden. Supported by the Dunedin City Council (www.cityofdunedin.com), the DSA focuses on a number of areas managed by Association sub-committees. For further information about the different aspects of the Dunedin Shanghai Association, click on one of the links below or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business to Business Programme (B2BP)
One of the main Goals of the Dunedin Shanghai Association is to foster and facilitate business between companies from the two cities. There are a number of business agencies that can assist you progress business between the two cities. A summary of key agencies appears below.
Otago Chamber of Commerce
The Otago Chamber of Commerce provides a global support network for businesses who wish to trade internationally. The Otago Chamber of Commerce has affiliations to the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and to the International Chambers of Commerce.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce is also the “hub” for Chambers in the Otago and Southland region. Other affiliated Chambers of Commerce are located in Wanaka, Queenstown and Invercargill.
The Chamber actively promotes Dunedin’s sister-city links with Shanghai China. The global relationships the Chamber has developed provides importing and exporting assistance to many international traders, including a comprehensive database.
- Trade Documentation and Certification.
- Certificates of Origin: documents which can be used to satisfy your buyers that the product exported is wholly obtained, produced, or manufactured in a particular country.
- Certificates of Free Sale: documents which provide an assurance that products comply with New Zealand laws of distribution the domestic market.
- Carnet documentation: customs documentation that facilitates the temporary export of goods overseas and is valid for up to one year.
- Commercial invoices.
- Inbound and outbound trade missions.
A comprehensive source of information for international traders is available through the Chamber’s dedicated BIZ Business Information Service or by telephoning 0800 42 49 46 (NZ) during 8.30am and 5pm (NZ time).
The Chamber also provides regular training workshops such as “First Steps to Exporting” and “A Guide to International Documentation” to aid businesses who wish to start exporting.
Contact email@example.com with any queries relating to training workshops for international traders. Check www.otagochamber.co.nz to discover if you qualify for fully funded training opportunities or www.otagochamber.co.nz for a list of scheduled workshops.
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the New Zealand Government’s economic development agency; in China it has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise provides support for many activities of business, ranging from the provision of training courses, business development assistance grants to the completion of commissioned research and business introductions.
Information on the range of services can be found on the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise website by visiting www.nzte.govt.nz however specific pages within the site that may be of immediate interest include:
For generic first time exporter specific information see: www.nzte.govt.nz
For access to an overview of NZTE activity in China and links to many other useful pages, such as economy overviews and city guides etc see: www.nzte.govt.nz
For access to profiles on key sectors see: www.marketnewzealand.com After registering on www.marketnewzealand.com enquirers can gain access the further market information and register a profile of their company and products to gain exposure to other visitors to this website.
After registering on www.marketnewzealand.com enquirers can gain access the further market information and register a profile of their company and products to gain exposure to other visitors to this website.
Dunedin City Council – Economic Development Unit
The Economic Development Unit (EDU) operates within the Dunedin City Council. It assists businesses by offering:
- Business development - one-on-one business advice and referrals to local expert. The Unit also supports other business support agencies such as the UPSTART Business Incubator.
- Industry development - the Economic Development Unit has staff who specialise in specific industries. They facilitate business collaboration to overcome barriers and help businesses grasp new opportunities.
- Business advocacy - the Economic Development Unit can act as an advocate for businesses when they are dealing with the City Council.
- Economic Development - The Dunedin City Council aims to make it easier to do business in Dunedin and works on projects such as broadband initiatives and skilled staff recruitment.
The Economic Development Unit prides itself on personal service so if you wish to know more about what they do please email them.
The members of Business Subcommittees are:Teresa Chan and Robin Sew Hoy
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The goal of the Cultural Subcommittee of the Dunedin Shanghai Association is to increase awareness and understanding of the Dunedin-Shanghai Sister City relationship through cultural events.
To achieve its goal, the subcommittee will identify and facilitate opportunities that:
- Provide for cultural exchange between Dunedin and Shanghai
- Raise awareness of the Sister City relationship
The Cultural Subcommittee is currently seeking to establish a year-long programme of events that raises awareness of the multi-faceted cultural dimension of the Dunedin-Shanghai relationship. A focus group will be held in mid-June to confirm and assess interest with key event organisers.
The members of Cultural Subcommittees are:Nicky Page, Teresa Chan
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The Education Subcommittee of the Dunedin Shanghai Association was formed in September 2006. The goal of the Education Subcommittee is to facilitate education related exchanges between the two cities as well as to assist Shanghai students with their transition into Dunedin life.
The subcommittee is currently working towards hosting a function for Shanghai students to meet with members of the Dunedin business community as part of our programme to provide some “added value” to their education life in Dunedin. Another of the subcommittee’s current goal is to facilitate exchange programme in high schools between the two cites.
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The Sports Subcommittee of the Dunedn Shanghai Sister City Association was formed to increase awareness and understanding of that sister city relationship.
To achieve this goal the subcommittee will encourage and facilitate exchanges of information and personnel to and from Shanghai. These exchanges can be for individual competitors and coaches or for competitve teams and delegations of officials. It is hoped that any exchange will also achieve an increase in knowledge skills and experience for all of the particpants (visitors) involved.
If any other group is interested in finding out more about opportunities available this year in Shanghai please contact the Association:
The members of Sport Subcommittees are: John Brimble, Lindsay Dey
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This was taken at the China Language Bridge Competition hosted by Columba College Saturday 29 March 2014
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