Mayor Leads Delegation to China and Japan

22 April 2014

Twenty-four organisations, including businesses and education providers, will join a delegation to China and Japan led by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown late next month.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Tianjin officials in 2011 trip to China.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Tianjin officials in 2011 mayoral-led trip to China


Previous mayoral delegations to China have produced excellent results for local businesses, including local jewellers The Village Goldsmith, who confirmed an exclusive deal to supply unique engagement rings to ‘I Do’ bridal shop chain which has 300 stores throughout China.

Airways New Zealand also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train Chinese air traffic controllers in New Zealand.

This year’s mayoral-led delegation has a significant focus on the education sector – an area of Wellington’s economy going from strength to strength.

Organisations joining the trip, which departs on 22 May, include:

  • Gibson Group
  • Victoria University
  • ANZ Bank
  • a number of local secondary schools.

The focus of this delegation is to strengthen existing relationships with partners and customers in China and Japan, as well as establishing new relationships that will result in business growth.

We want to build on the success of previous delegations to promote Wellington as a great place to study, visit, live and do business.

Victoria Spackman, CEO of the Gibson Group, says, “We’ve enjoyed success from previous mayoral delegations to China, which is why we are planning to go again. Our presence on the trips has lead to work that we wouldn’t otherwise have secured and has helped us grow our presence in China. This helps us reach our ambitious export growth targets.”

There are still limited places available for any Wellington businesses that are at an advanced stage of readiness for the Chinese and Japanese markets. If you are interested, please contact