India New Zealand Business Council to launch Christchurch Chapter at Ara

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25 May 2016

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Canterbury's business ties with India are going to become closer with the launch today of the Christchurch Chapter of the India New Zealand Business Council at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

The India New Zealand Business Council promotes and encourages trade, investment and cooperation between India and New Zealand and helps companies establish contacts for establishing and expanding their businesses.

The new chapter signals the growing importance of India for trade with the Canterbury region and also educational relationships says International Director Beth Knowles.

"India is our fastest growing market. In 2015 we had 518 Indian students study with us. These are students who are already highly skilled and are incredibly important in helping to fill the skills shortage in Canterbury," she says.

Ara Institute of Canterbury has two exchange programmes with Indian education providers to develop business skills. Indian students regularly visit New Zealand to learn about the New Zealand economy and the business environment, while New Zealand students visit India on similar exchanges. Good examples of this ongoing collaboration was a recent visit by Ara Bachelor of Applied Management students to Jaipuria Institute of Management (view story at and a study trip by students from Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore to Ara.

However, Ara is not the only organisation with considerable interests in India. Other Canterbury members of the business council with interests in India are Redesign Group and Hamilton Jet, while New Zealand apples were marketed in India with the assistance of Canterbury cricketing great Sir Richard Hadlee.

"The establishment of the chapter will lead to greater opportunities for Canterbury industries and businesses," Knowles says.

One of the advantages of the local chapter is that it will make networking and collaboration between Canterbury and Indian organisations even easier.

"The India New Zealand Business Council is a great way to develop networks and create opportunities for our students as well as help stimulate the Canterbury economy. Everybody benefits from these organisations," Knowles says.

The launch will be attended by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and members of the India New Zealand Business Council. The launch will be held at Ara Institute of Canterbury, at the City Campus on Madras St, Christchurch, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Wednesday 25 May and is designed to give attendees networking opportunities. Members of the media are welcome to attend.