Canberra in Wellington Week Business Program

Business Program: Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW)
Sun 19 to Wed 22 November 2017

Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW) initiative is being led by the ACT Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr with the development of the program being jointly coordinated across agencies within the ACT Government and Canberra Business Chamber.

Canberra’s International Engagement Strategy 2016 recognises New Zealand (Wellington) as one of the five international priority markets for engagement.

The foundation for Canberra’s connection to New Zealand is the direct international aviation link and 2016 Sister City agreement with Wellington. Canberra Business Chamber supports this connection through an MoU with Wellington Chamber of Commerce established in 2016.

CWW will raise the profile of Canberra in Wellington, facilitate business to business collaborations, establish networks, foster on-going knowledge sharing and engagement to support the commitments under the Wellington Canberra Sister City agreement. CWW also underpins our commitment to support the direct international flights between Singapore, CBR and Wellington, encouraging use of the service in both directions.

The Business Program (19-22 Nov) has been developed for Canberra Region businesses to take part and leverage the excellent networking and collaboration opportunities.

Your opportunity to be a part of Canberra in Wellington Week

Canberra Business Chamber has partnered with the ACT Government and Wellington Chamber of Commerce to offer the following business package which includes:

+ Key Event Attendance

  • Visit behind the scene, insight tour of Weta Workshop
  • Australian High Commission Reception
  • Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa”

+ Business Events

  • Market insight briefing by Austrade
  • B2B round table and networking lunch
  • Industry insights Lunch

 + Transfers from Intercontinental Hotel to all program venues out of walking distance

 + CBR Brand Collateral Pack

Cost $590pp +GST

(excludes accommodation, flights and informal dinner on Tuesday)



Discounted price for Intercontinental Hotel Wellington Club Floor Rooms (NZ $489 per night, per room), which includes: Access to Club InterContinental Lounge; Refreshments on arrival; Twilight drinks and canapés; Gourmet breakfast in Club InterContinental Lounge; Complimentary local telephone calls; Complimentary internet; Complimentary pressing (Two pieces per stay); Evening turndown service; Complimentary tea, coffee or juice with morning wake-up calls; Complimentary daily newspapers; World Class concierge service; Access to Emerge Health Club, our onsite gym and indoor swimming pool

The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. Businesses participating in the trade mission can make the reservations themselves, by contacting Veronica Sedova, Group Reservations Coordinator (refer to attending the trade mission in Wellington organised by the Canberra Business Chamber)


or contact:
Veronika Sedova
Group Reservations Coordinator
PO Box 175, Wellington, New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 7843 | F: +64 4 472 4724 |

Alternatively, a rate for accommodation in James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton rooms) is $235 per night. It can be reserved here – please choose Lambton room and use booking code 274996 to obtain discounted rate.

Or contact:

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
147 The Terrace; Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 0279 |  T: +64 4 499 9500 |  F: +64 4 499 8203  |

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is within walking distance of Intercontinental Wellington Hotel. The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. 

It is advised to make the accommodation reservations as soon as possible. At the time Canberra Business Chamber made inquiries on accommodation options, many hotels in Wellington have already been booked out for these dates.




Link and a code to discounted Singapore Airlines Flight Tickets (CBR-WLG-CBR) will be provided upon registering.




The ACT Government’s Trade Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra based businesses with a range of export market development activities. Trade Connect grants are awarded on a matched-funding basis. You may be eligible for up to 50% or up to $1,000 of your out of pocket expenses relating to the CWW business program. For more information, visit



(excerpt from Austrade web site, more information, here)

 The Closer Economic Relations (CER) between New Zealand and Australia has been in place since 1983 and is one of the most comprehensive free trade agreements in the world. Building on CER, is the creation of a seamless trans-Tasman Single Economic Market (SEM) business environment. Previous work has been achieved around food standards, services protocol, free movement of people, trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement and investment protocol.

New Zealand and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) in 2009 with the ASEAN regional block of 10 countries. It aims to liberalise and facilitate trade in goods, services and investment between New Zealand, Australian and the ASEAN economies and it contains measures to improve the business environment and promote cooperation in a broad range of economic areas of mutual interest.




New Zealand and Australian governments are committed, via the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement, to creating a single trans-Tasman market for food. Some products, such as honey, and certain egg products are prohibited, although egg protocols are under review. Some herbs are subject to additional inspection. Product labels do not generally need to be altered for New Zealand because of trans-Tasman mutual recognition of food standards. Imports of products with more than 50 per cent Australian content are duty free. There is 15 per cent GST (Goods and Services Tax), which applies to all products.

Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • products that are not locally produced
  • premium, fresh and counter seasonal products
  • raw materials for local production as New Zealand is moving towards more value added processed foods
  • organic, gluten free and vegan goods
  • healthy convenience is a growing trend – food to go and single portion packaging
  • collaboration in food research including food safety such as AusGrainz and The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd

There is a proposal for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries to increase the varieties of fruit and vegetables that can enter New Zealand under irradiation treatment beyond the existing varieties of tomatoes, capsicums and mangoes. Under the proposal, apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, grapes, zucchini and scallopini would be irradiated to allow their entry into New Zealand.



Recommended Flight
Singapore Airlines – Depart CBR 11:55; Arrive WLG 17:10

Informal networking
Movie screening – “Rip Tide” (Venue TBC)


Market Insight briefing by Ms Alison Duncan
Australian Deputy High Commissioner
(Working breakfast at Intercontinental Hotel Club Lounge)

WETA, signing of the MoU between Screen Canberra and Screen Wellington
(CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)

Behind the scenes tour of Weta Workshop, world-leading conceptual design and effects facility

Individual arrangements, B2B Meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Canberra in Wellington Reception

Hosted by the Australian High Commission – An opportunity to connect with the Australian businesses operating in Wellington, Australian Alumni and diplomatic community.  (CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)


Roundtable discussion, B2B event hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Canberra Business Chamber, followed by networking lunch

Property briefing (provisional itinerary – details tbc)

Showcasing CBR productions and movie screening
“Blue World Order” (The Roxy Cinema)


Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa” (“Gallipoli: The scale of our war” exhibition), hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Industry insights lunch – What industry capability do we share and how can we increase collaboration? (CBR Businesses join the ACTG Delegation and Wellington City Council)

Individual arrangements, follow-up B2B meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Recommended Flight
Singapore Airlines – Depart WLG 20:15; Arrive CBR 22:05

Disclaimer: all elements of the Program are subject to final confirmation