Malaysia Forum in Auckland (6 Dec)

Those of you who are doing business in Malaysia, or keen to do so are welcome to sign up for this forum in Auckland.

You are invited to attend the Malaysia Forum on Friday 6 December in Auckland.
Malaysia is New Zealand’s eighth-largest trading partner, the largest ASEAN market for our goods and second largest for our services. Its large and growing population of more than 28 million people presents ample opportunities for additional trade, investment and other economic linkages. The Forum is designed to showcase opportunities that the Malaysia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA), signed in 2009, provides to businesses and investors.

The Forum will be opened by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, and Small Business.
At the Forum you will hear experts speaking about how they have been successful in Malaysia. These include:
▶ Patrick Teo, CEO of BCS, an Auckland-based company delivering automated baggage and freight handling systems and;
▶ Senthil Balan, Head of Commercial, Air Asia X and a New Zealand alumnus and;
▶ Chew Seng Kok, Regional Managing Partner of ZICOlaw and a New Zealand alumnus.

There will be two interactive workshops to grow your understanding of the trade and investment environment in Malaysia and of how you can benefit from the Malaysia-NZ FTA:
▶ The first workshop will cover the investment and business environment in Malaysia, with speakers from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), ANZ/AmBank, and the Export Credit Office.
▶ The second workshop will cover practical issues under the FTA, with speakers from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

The Forum will be co-hosted by MFAT and the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand; and co-sponsored by NZTE, ANZ/AmBank and ASEAN-NZ Business Council.

Date: Friday 6 December 2013
Time: 9am-1pm (morning tea and lunch included)
Cost: Free

Venue: The Pavilion, ANZ Centre, 23 Albert Street, Auckland
Please use the main entrance located on Albert Street. The Pavilion is located upstairs from the main lobby.
RSVP: Please reply, also indicating which workshop you will attend, to Richard Brewer at MFAT by 29 November (

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Meet Sean Shadbolt – Photographer and Chinese Language Learner

We recently interviewed Sean Shadbolt, who has been learning Chinese Mandarin at Euroasia for a number of years. Sean is in Elaine Wu's Advanced Chinese Class on Wednesday evenings.

Euroasia: What do you do professionally?

Sean: I am a commercial photographer. I shoot a lot of different things but mostly centered around food and lifestyle photography. Its always changing and while it has huge ups and downs as far as work and income are concerned, its always interesting with the people I meet and the experiences I have.

E: Tell me how you first got involved in photography.

S: I first got involved in photography when I managed to talk my way into a temporary job as a photographer for the Wellington city council in 1983. After that I worked as a trainee photographic technician at the tourism and publicity department for two years and after that two years of study at Wellington Polytechnic. In 1991 I started my own business.

E: What do you do when you aren't taking photos/working?

S: When I’m not planning for or doing photography I am either studying Chinese or working on my own or my friends houses. I would like to spend more time travelling but recently have been unable to but hope to go back to China within the next year.

I usually just tell people I am a photographer and not much more, technical details of what it is exactly I do can be dull and complicated, Most people’s experience of photography is wedding photography which I engage in occasionally. My family still isn’t really sure what exactly it is I do.

Euroasia client and commercial photographer Sean Shadbolt talks to us about his life journey
Euroasia client and commercial photographer Sean Shadbolt talks to us about his life journey

E: What has surprised you most about learning Chinese?

S: The thing that has surprised me the most about learning Chinese is how many Chinese speakers there are now in New Zealand. I hadn’t really noticed too much before I started although through my work I was quite aware of Chinese culture here. I also have some close friends who are either Chinese or have Chinese heritage. I also taught a number of Chinese students when I was a photography tutor.

E: What's the best thing to happen since you started mixing with Chinese people/learning Chinese?

S: I think the best thing to happen to me since I started learning Chinese is a much wider appreciation of the culture and heritage, also having a window into Chinese perspectives on life and values.

I also enjoy learning Chinese because it is a language that is spoken everyday in New Zealand, unlike the European languages I studied many years before. You can go into any Chinese restaurant or shop and get a little bit of practice.

E: What would you tell someone who is thinking about learning Chinese?

S: I would advise anyone thinking of learning Chinese to be prepared to do a lot of extra study and practice, especially at first, as progress can be very incremental, also to consider doing the HSK exams, that can really give a goal to focus on.

E: What's it like to be learning Chinese at Euroasia?

S: I enjoy the classes at Euroasia because of the after hours times. It is difficult to fit in any study during the day so it fits in with my schedules. I don’t miss too many classes. The classes are also very social and I enjoy catching up with the other students every week and also in our trips to Chinese restaurants.

E: If you weren't a photographer, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?

S: If I wasn’t doing photography I would probably do some kind of teaching. I taught photography for a long time and also did a CELTA and language teaching course a while ago at Unitec which I thoroughly enjoyed.


Thanks Sean for sharing your thoughts.

For more details about Sean, check out Sean's website.

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NZ International Film Festival – July 2010 – French films

Many of you will know that the International Film Festival is on right now. Euroasia is a long-standing supporter of international films in NZ, and every year we encourage all the students at Euroasia Language Academy to go watch these films. Here’s a list of some of the French films you should check out. As always, there’s an amazing selection of top films on offer.

p/s: Join us for French classes starting 19 July if you wish to enjoy French films without solely relying on the subtitles.

Normal ticket price is $15/session. Tip for film festival fans: if you’re planning on attending several films at the Festival this year (or planning to go with a group of people), check out the Ten-Trip Passes. At $105.00, it works out at great value. The Ten-Trip Pass can be purchased on the day or in advance and can be used throughout the Festival to secure tickets to any session that is not sold out. You can also share this pass with a friend or two.

Check out “The Tree” – 16/7 at Lido and 23/7 at Civic. Selected to close this year’s Cannes Film Festival, French director Julie Bertuccelli’s second feature is an arresting drama of loss and rebirth shaped by emotion, intuition and the elemental forces at work in its

ravishing Queensland landscape.

French films showing in Auckland at the Film Festival:


Jacques Audiard, France

2009, 155 mins

Jacques Audiard’s dense, involving, richly layered crimeworld drama is one of the year’s standout films. Set largely in a prison, bu…

15 Jul | 8:45pm

Civic Theatre

16 Jul | 3:45pm

Civic Theatre


Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, France 2009, 90 mins

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are a Belgian couple who have made five short films together. Amer is their dazzling debut fea…

24 Jul | 8:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

25 Jul | 6:00pm

Rialto Newmarket


Jacques Rivette, France 2009, 84 mins

New Wave veteran Jacques Rivette sets a tentative late-life romance between a performer and an intrigued admirer in a tiny ramshackle circus…

10 Jul | 6:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

12 Jul | 6:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

9 Jul | 1:45pm

Rialto Newmarket


Thomas Balmès, France 2010, 79 mins

With wit, tenderness and a keen eye for the fledgling signs of intelligence and sociability, director Thomas Balmès documents the fir…

10 Jul | 1:45pm

Civic Theatre

11 Jul | 4:00pm

Lido Cinema

Sold Out!

13 Jul | 11:00am

Civic Theatre

9 Jul | 3:30pm

The Bridgeway Cinema


Olivier Assayas, France 2010, 100 mins

This extraordinary three-film epic, made for French television, was showcased out of competition in Cannes to a storm of…

22 Jul | 4:00pm

Rialto Newmarket

23 Jul | 4:15pm

Rialto Newmarket

24 Jul | 4:15pm

Rialto Newmarket

25 Jul | 1:00pm

Rialto Newmarket


Olivier Assayas, France 2010, 123 mins

This extraordinary three-film epic, made for French television, was showcased out of competition in Cannes to a storm of…

22 Jul | 8:45pm

Rialto Newmarket

23 Jul | 9:00pm

Rialto Newmarket

24 Jul | 9:00pm

Rialto Newmarket

25 Jul | 5:45pm

Rialto Newmarket


Olivier Assayas, France 2010, 107 mins

This extraordinary three-film epic, made for French television, was showcased out of competition in Cannes to a storm of…

22 Jul | 6:15pm

Rialto Newmarket

23 Jul | 6:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

24 Jul | 6:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

25 Jul | 3:15pm

Rialto Newmarket


Abbas Kiarostami, France 2010, 106 mins

At Cannes this was the year of Juliette Binoche. She graced the Festival’s poster; then she took the Best Actress Award for her role i…

18 Jul | 6:15pm

Civic Theatre

20 Jul | 11:00am

Civic Theatre


Gaspar Noé, France 2009, 156 mins

25 Jul | 8:15pm

Civic Theatre


, France 2009, 113 mins

Christian Carion’s tensely atmospheric Cold War spy movie reveals an amazing true story. In the early 80s a disillusioned KGB colonel …

15 Jul | 6:00pm

Lido Cinema

20 Jul | 6:15pm

Civic Theatre

21 Jul | 11:00am

Civic Theatre


Mia Hansen-Løve, France 2009, 110 mins

It’s a rare reviewer anywhere who has not been caught up by this persuasively acted portrait of a charismatic, workaholic, art-house m…

11 Jul | 1:00pm

Rialto Newmarket

15 Jul | 9:00pm

Rialto Newmarket

23 Jul | 3:30pm

The Bridgeway Cinema

24 Jul | 3:30pm

The Bridgeway Cinema


Joann Sfar, France 2009, 130 mins

A quintessential French icon gets his big- screen bio. In the 60s, singer Serge Gainsbourg mixed pop outlawry with low-down lechery to blaze…

17 Jul | 5:45pm

Civic Theatre

20 Jul | 3:30pm

Civic Theatre


Claude Miller, Nathan Miller, France 2009, 90 mins

This compelling drama of a boy’s obsessive pursuit of his birth mother is based on a true story. Like many adolescents, rebellious Tho…

15 Jul | 3:45pm

Academy Cinema

19 Jul | 3:45pm

Academy Cinema

19 Jul | 8:30pm

Academy Cinema


Frederick Wiseman, France 2009, 158 mins

“In La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, his 36th documentary in more than 40 years, Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the stately …

16 Jul | 12:30pm

Civic Theatre

18 Jul | 12:30pm

Civic Theatre


Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, France 2010, 89 mins

Inspired absurdists and cheerleaders of underclass rancour, Delépine and Kervern follow last year’s savoury Louise-Michel with …

17 Jul | 6:00pm

Lido Cinema

21 Jul | 1:30pm

Civic Theatre

23 Jul | 6:00pm

Lido Cinema

25 Jul | 4:00pm

Civic Theatre


Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, France 2009, 84 mins

A miraculously photographed showcase of some of the seven seas’ least seen and most incredible specimens, Oceans is an immersive cinem…

17 Jul | 11:00am

Civic Theatre

18 Jul | 4:00pm

Civic Theatre


Radu Mihaileanu, France 2009, 119 mins

A band of out-of-work Moscow musicians travels to Paris posing as the celebrated Bolshoi Orchestra in this lavish, shamelessly popular comed…

11 Jul | 3:30pm

The Bridgeway Cinema

Sold Out!

13 Jul | 1:15pm

Civic Theatre

9 Jul | 6:15pm

Civic Theatre


Julie Bertuccelli, France 2010, 100 mins

Selected to close this year’s Cannes Film Festival, French director Julie Bertuccelli’s second feature is an arresting drama of loss and rebirth shaped by emotion, intuition and the elemental forces at work in its ravishing Queensland landscape. Like her first, the lovely Since Otar Left (NZIFF03), The Tree is attuned to the delicate, strangely inspired unwordliness of characters discombobulated online pharmacy by loss.

On their small country block, eight-year-old Simone and her mother Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) are dealing in very different ways with the sudden loss of their father and husband. While Dawn struggles spasmodically to keep it together, and her other children fare for themselves, Simone becomes convinced of her father’s presence in the magnificent primeval Moreton Bay fig tree that towers over the family’s rambling bungalow. In Simone’s eyes, Martin Csokas as Dawn’s amorous boss has aroused the tree’s anger. Why else would its roots be rupturing the drains and pushing into the house’s foundations?

16 Jul | 6:00pm

Lido Cinema

22 Jul | 11:15am

Civic Theatre

23 Jul | 6:45pm

Civic Theatre


Emmanuel Laurent, France 2009, 93 mins

Cannes, 1959. The 400 Blows carries off the Best Director award. Its young director and even younger star, François Truffaut and Jean…

15 Jul | 4:00pm


17 Jul | 11:45am


21 Jul | 11:00am

Academy Cinema


Claire Denis, France 2009, 102 mins

Over the past 22 years, Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum) has built up one of the most impressive bodies of work in contemporary

18 Jul | 8:15pm

The Bridgeway Cinema

20 Jul | 8:30pm

Rialto Newmarket

24 Jul | 6:15pm

Rialto Newmarket

25 Jul | 3:45pm

Lido Cinema

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Taste of Japan: 19 September

The annual Taste of Japan is coming up again. This is a free event where you can experience Japanese culture and food at its best in Auckland City. There will be Japanese food, Taiko Drums, calligraphy, tea ceremony and more. We encourage everyone learning Japanese to attend this event, and certainly a number of us from Euroasia will be there. If you've always wanted to learn Japanese, go along to be inspired. It's the closest you will get to Japan at spring-time in Auckland.

When: Sat 19 Sep, 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom

I've been to Taste of Japan when it was held at ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, and certainly moving to the Showgrounds is a great idea. At least it solves the parking problem. I really don't know what the fascination is with shaved ice but there were 50 people in the queue at any one time at a previous festival. It's the lowest cost product with the highest margins, buy cialis online no prescription and the enterprising guy who passed this off as Japanese food deserves high commendation (as well as the thousands I'm sure he took home for a day's work). I will be going along just to sample the authentic Japanese food, although the drummers should

be good too.

This is the perfect day out with your friends and family so don't miss out.

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Why we cannot ban bbq dog meat

The huge uproar over a Tongan man found barbecuing his pet dog is a demonstration of cultural insensitivity bordering on ignorance and hyprocrisy. Paea Taufa was found roasting the pitbull terrier-cross in an umu at his Mangere home. “If we eat heaps of… pig you get a (sore) stomach. But when we eat … dog, it doesn’t matter how much you eat, nothing is wrong with the tummy,” Taufa told Sunday News. Major dailies reported this, and today CNN carried the story, citing “the case infuriated and repulsed many New Zealanders.”

The Tongan guy had decided to cook the dog because it was too skinny and had become unmanageable. He rendered the dog unconscious with a blow to the head before slitting its throat. Under the Animal Welfare Act it is legal to kill a dog in New Zealand if the animal is slaughtered swiftly and painlessly.

The SPCA is very upset with Taufa, with the CEO saying “Even though the law says you can humanely kill an animal, you should not be treating any animal like this.” Many people are now calling for a law change, led by the SPCA, petitioning for the eating of dog meat to be banned. Various editorials swiftly condemned the practice of eating dog meat. The Tongan guy was demonised and probably traumatised, and he has since told media that he wouldn’t bbq another dog.

I am opposed to any attempt to ban the eating of dog meat and backyard dog barbecues.

New Zealanders love their meat and is only behind Demark globally (and ahead of the Americans) in terms of per capita consumption, 3.5 times the world average. The average Kiwi eats over 90 kg of meat per year, 65% red meat vs 35%

white meat.

What is the difference between sheep and dogs? Some argue that dogs are pets. But some sheep are pets too. So are some chickens. Why ban the consumption of one type of meat but not another?

It is more inhumane for most of the pigs in New Zealand to be locked up in cages for all their lives and then slaughtered for their meat, than for Mr Taufa to kill a free-range dog swiftly. Why did people not revolt against pig farmers, especially after Mike King’s expose on TVNZ’s Sunday? When told that the cost of pork in supermarkets will rise significantly if farmers moved to free-range farming, people stopped complaining.

Some argue that cattle and sheep are raised specifically for their meat, and dogs are not. By that token would the protesters be placated if enterprising individuals started dog farms in New Zealand? We export tonnes of horse meat offshore. This means we are killing farm horses in huge numbers. Would horse-killers be regarded as barbaric too?

The argument that we cannot kill dogs for food because they are cute/friendly/small/intelligent doesn’t wash. We don’t see our vegetarian friends getting all judgemental when we meat-eaters confess our love for meat (as long as it’s not from an endangered species). Why can’t meat-eaters afford the same courtesy to dog-eaters? No one is asking you to join them.

SPCA CEO says: “The slaughtering, roasting and eating of a dog or nolvadex pils other companion animal is simply abhorrent to our culture as New Zealanders”. Dogs were eaten in New Zealand long before the Europeans arrived. Taufa himself is probably a NZ citizen. The SPCA is venturing into dangerous territory by becoming an arbitrator of what is culturally right or wrong.

The main thing that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals should be worried about is exactly that, prevention of animal cruelty. As long as animals are slaughtered in a humane manner, then what people eat should be left up to them.

The law doesn’t need to be changed. It’s the hypocritical mindset of protesters coming from the second biggest meat-eating country in the world that does.

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Why Auckland will attract more migrants

Economist Intelligence Unit just announced their list of most liveable cities in the world. Vancouver came out tops. The City of Sails was ranked the 12th best city to live in. Wellington is ranked 23rd. This is a poor showing for Auckland compared to the April 09 announcement by Mercer that Auckland is the 4th most liveable city in the world. According to Wikipedia, the EIU and Mercer surveys are the most authoritative surveys of liveable cities.

When Mercer announced the list of most liveable cities for 2009, the Aussie paper Daily Telegraph headline was “Auckland beats out Sydney in Worldwide Quality of Living Survey“. If there is one thing the Aussies hate more than losing, it’s getting beaten by the Kiwis. Anyway, the order 5mg cialis cheap online latest survey from EIU released this week will surely make the Aussies happy. Their 3 major cities, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth all rank within the top 10 list.

These most liveable city surveys look at factors like stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, infrastructure etc in deciding the rankings.

I think most people choose to emigrate to New Zealand because of one or both of these reasons:

1) Clean and green environment, generally safe ie. great quality of life

2) Children’s education


As more and more people get burned out living in the larger European and Asian cities, I’m sure the appeal of New Zealand will only increase. Most migrants end up in Auckland, largely because it’s a good compromise. Auckland may be the big smoke in a South Pacific context, but not really if compared to

the major European and Asian cities. 1.4m is approximately the population of an average Shanghai suburb.

Living in Auckland is about getting the best of both worlds. Easy access to some of the most beautiful spots in the world, reasonable climate, and generally good quality of life. These reasons will surely keep people coming.

Immigration policy should focus on facilitating easy access for skilled migrants. We also need to define skills pretty widely. Smart people may not have university degrees. In fact the majority of the self-made billionaires on the Fortune Magazine Rich List don’t either. Current immigration policy makes it difficult for people who may not be well qualified but could add a lot of value to New Zealand to be granted residency.

EIU’s list of most liveable cities in the world 2009:

Vancouver Canada
Vienna Austria
Melbourne Australia
Toronto Canada
Perth Australia
Calgary Canada
Helsinki Finland
Geneva Switzerland
Sydney Australia
Zurich Switzerland

Auckland ranked 12th

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What's happening in Parnell this summer?

Didn't realise there's so much happening locally. This is great. Free entertainment. Might see some of you at these Parnell events.
p/s: Don't forget to go along to the amazing Chinese New Year Lantern Festival at Albert Park from Friday night to Sunday evening.

Drake Jazz at the Rotunda
From Auckland City Council, this is a series of 12 weekly jazz concerts performed at the Auckland Domain band rotunda. All concerts take place on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm

on the following dates:

Sunday 1 February: Kim Patterson Quartet
Sunday 8 February: Carolina Moon Vazz Group
Sunday 15 February: Pete Barwick Quartet
Sunday 22 February: Foghorn
Sunday 1 March: Grant Winterburn Experience
Sunday 8 March: Brian Smith Quintet
Sunday 15 March: David Edmundson
Sunday 22 March: Neil Watson Three
Sunday 29 March: Grand Central Band

For further information on this concert series look how to get your ex back

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Culture Garden series
From Auckland City Council, The Culture Garden is a series of concerts with a number held at the Wintergarden in the Domain, from 4.30 – 6pm on the following dates:

Sunday 1 February: Nigel Gavin
Sunday 8 February: npme
Sunday 15 February: Baroque on the Rock
For information on this concert series look here.

Summer Tea Dance – Parnell Thursday 26 March, 2-4pm
Dove-Meyer Robinson Park, Gladstone Rd. Featuring Bretts New Internationals. Be dazzled by a 16-piece jazz and dance orchestra with nifty beats from the 1920s, get in the groove to ‘Trad jazz’, or warm up to well-loved tunes by greats like Duke Ellington and Paul Whiteman.

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