The group will be the biggest New Zealand regional delegation to make use of the New Zealand Pavilion at the giant Shanghai Expo, which opened last month.
Mayor Prendergast says the delegation has three clear goals: "To make new business contacts, grow relationships, and secure deals".
Oscar-winning Weta Workshop Director Richard Taylor, film company owner Dave Gibson, fashion designer Robyn Mathieson and Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson are among the delegation.
Mayor Prendergast says the group also includes representatives from a wide range of local companies that either already have a foothold in the massive Chinese market or are making their first trip to look to establish business there (see below for the full line-up).
"New Zealand was the first developed country to sign a free-trade agreement with China two years ago - and since then business between the two nations has boomed. Only a few weeks ago it was confirmed that China had overtaken the United States as our second-largest export market. This is why so many local businesspeople are joining us."
Mayor Prendergast says she has been criticised in some local quarters for leading the delegation. "However I am going for the simple reason that mayors carry a level of prestige in China that enables us to open doors. This means members of the delegation will be able to talk to city and government officials in China in a way that they would never do if they flew there alone."
Mayor Prendergast says that having talked to delegation members, she is aware that many lucrative business deals or proposals will be discussed during the trip. "These have the potential to bring millions of dollars into the Wellington regional economy and I will do my best to help them get the access they need to the right people in order to hopefully bring them to fruition."
She says that one of the principal reasons the delegation has been formed is to help local businesspeople form or strengthen relationships with their Chinese counterparts and to learn the Chinese ways of doing business "which can be very different to what we're familiar with.
"The Chinese way is all about forming relationships, gaining trust - the long game, rather than the quick-fire way we often do business in the West.
"The concept of reciprocity is also important in China - being able to help out your business partners and then enabling them to return the favour.
"New Zealand businesses, when aiming to make money in China, should always set mid to long-term ROI (return on investment) expectations and visit regularly.
"If members of this delegation want to make good on any openings they find on this trip, they should be booking to return there within six months - otherwise they risk seeing the trail go cold."
The 10-day trip, departing 5 June will take in Wellington's Sister Cities, Beijing and Xiamen, and Friendly City Tianjin. Three days will be spent in Shanghai at the Expo.
Richard Taylor - Weta Workshop
Tania Rodger - Weta Workshop
Michelle Turner - independent filmmaker
Tom Greally - Park Road Post
Dave Gibson - Gibson Group
Stephen Richardson - Gibson Group
Eric Zhang - Gibson Group
Doug Catley - Healthcare NZ
Jos Ruffell - Sidhe Interactive
Charmaine Love - Kia Kaha Clothing
Dan Love - Kia Kaha Clothing
Robyn Mathieson - Robyn Mathieson Design
Kelly Wang - Kelly Media International
Benny Ma - Kelly Media International
Ian Cassels - The Wellington Company
Caitlin Taylor - The Wellington Company
Andrew Bascand - Bascand Estate Wines
Sue Bascand - Bascand Estate Wines
Gwyn Thomas - Bascand Estate Wines
Stiphan Beher - James Cook Hotel
John Dey - Forme Consulting Group
Qing Tian - Phoenix International
Tony Drawbridge - Izzat Design
Chris Wilson - Chris Wilson and Associates
Ben van Rooy - Trade Point Distribution
Guo Qiao Hong - Trade Point Distribution
Linda Lim - Asian Events Trust
Rita Tom - Asian Events Trust
Stephanie Tims - Asian Events Trust
Emily Swan - Ramp Ltd
Peter Chen - Tang Ming Group
Ray Chung - Tekron International
Hal Josephson - Tynax ANZ
Leigh Hunt - Cervadon Ltd
Elise Webster - Cervadon Ltd
Wellington Chinese Garden Society
Wellington Xiamen Association
Chris Lipscombe (also Ground Zero Ltd)
Asia New Zealand Foundation - Young Leaders
Highlights of the Day-by-day Itinerary
Sunday 6 June - Beijing
- Arrive Beijing 8.00am
- Business meetings
- Wellington wine-tasting function (Bascand Wines Ltd), at New Zealand Ambassador's residence.
Monday 7 June - Beijing
- Business meetings
- Meeting with the Mayor of Beijing (Mr Guo Jinlong), signing of a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between Beijing and Wellington including the proposed Chinese Garden on Wellington's waterfront
- Beijing Government welcome function
Tuesday 8 June - Beijing/Tianjin
- Business meeting with the All China Youth Federation
- Train travel to Tianjin (about 30 minutes)
- Tianjin business meetings - including earthquake-engineering discussions, meeting with Tianjin TV executives, and inspection of Tianjin port facilities
- Tianjin Mayoral Banquet.
Wednesday 9 June - Shanghai
- Arrive Shanghai 12 noon
- Young Leaders' Forum meeting
- Delegation welcomed to New Zealand Pavilion - Shanghai Expo
- Wellington Cultural VIP Evening at NZTE Centre (NZ Central).
Thursday 10 June - Shanghai
- Business meetings
- DLA Phillips Fox workshop - doing business in China - and the law
- CD launch by Wellington musician Elena
- Sister cities lunch
- Gibson Group function
- New Zealand Film Night
Friday 11 June - Shanghai
- ANZ workshop - doing business in China
- Visit to Cisco Pavilion
- Farewell dinner for delegation
Saturday 12 June - Xiamen
- Wellington Xiamen Association event
- Meeting with the Mayor of Xiamen and MOU signing
- Xiamen Government Banquet
Sunday 13 June
- Return flights to New Zealand
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