A New Zealand success story at education week event in Shanghai

Media release, 14 June 2010

A New Zealand success story is one of the highlights at an Asia New Zealand Foundation forum to be held in Shanghai today as one of the activities marking Education Week and the New Zealand presence at the Shanghai Expo.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation organised event will be attended by New Zealand Education Minister Anne Tolley who will address an audience of New Zealand guests and visiting delegates about the growing educational partnerships between New Zealand and China.

The event will be held at New Zealand Central, NZTE’s showcase location in Shanghai’s Xintiandi district, and is part of the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) which aims to develop partnerships between the business and education sectors in this country.

At the Shanghai forum a case study of a New Zealand company that is enjoying success in Asia, will be launched by the Minister. Senior secondary business studies students will use this as an example to increase their knowledge about China in particular and Asia in general.

The company featured in the first of a series of case studies to be made available to schools is Glidepath - an Auckland-based company that designs and implements luggage and cargo handling systems at international and domestic airports around the world.

Glidepath chairman Sir Ken Stephens will speak at the Shanghai event about Asia’s importance to his company and why Glidepath is a good practical example of why Asia is becoming increasingly important in global business practice. The company has an office in Shanghai and recently completed a Powerwalk moving walkway for the Saudi Arabian pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

Other companies represented at the Shanghai event are ANZ and Cosco. The three companies are some of over 40 companies and employer organisations that are signatories of the Business Education Partnership which aims to encourage schools to prepare young New Zealanders for a future with the Asian region by raising the level of Asia-related content in schools.

John Saunders,
Director, Communications
Telephone: 64 4 470 8706
Mobile: 021 631 663
Email: jsaunders@asianz.org.nz