New Zealand Committee

Ian Kennedy -  Chair

Ian Kennedy, a former career diplomat, was posted three times to Japan, most recently as Ambassador from 2007 to July 2012. A Japanese speaker, he is also the author of a book on Japan-New Zealand relations entitled “Japan and New Zealand: Adding Value" published by Victoria University, Institute of Policy Studies in 1992. His other overseas postings were to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from 1992 to 1994, Turkey, Israel and Jordan (Ambassador) from 1996 to 1999, and Australia (Deputy High Commissioner) from 2004 to 2007. Ian Kennedy and his wife Setsuko are Partners in I.S.K. Associates, a consultancy business specialising in Japan. In this capacity he has been contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Special Representative, Japan, to promote linkages between New Zealand and Japan at a corporate and personal level including through the NZ Open Championship golf tournament. He is also a Board member of the Asia NZ Foundation, and Honorary Chairman of the "Support-our-Kids" (New Zealand home stay programme) established in 2011 to support children following the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami & Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Mia Evans - Vice Chair

Mia started with Bancorp in August 2007, and has over 30 years’ experience in banking with senior roles at HSBC, BNZ and Westpac. Bancorp’s core services include Private Banking, Wealth Management, Corporate Finance, Specialist Property Finance and Services, Private Equity Investments, Treasury Advisory and Compliance management services. Mia is an honorary member of “Support our Kids” and works alongside this NPO to help children who have been orphaned or displaced in the 2011 Disaster in Japan. Mia works in New Zealand alongside Ian Kennedy and facilitates the School programmes, homestay families, activities, sponsorship & media.

Jason Reeves – Vice Chair

Jason heads up the Bank of New Zealand’s (BNZ) engagement with the export sector, a key growth focus for the organization. Prior to this Jason was employed by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and held the positions of New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Japan based in Tokyo leading a business development team and more recently, International Coalitions Manager and Industry Sector Lead based in Auckland. Before joining NZTE Jason spent eight years at Fonterra in the Supply Chain and Global Sales Division with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Jason’s association with Japan spans more than 20 years and is a fluent Japanese speaker. Jason holds a BA (Japanese) from AUT and an MBA from Massey University and is highly excited about the future prospects of the Japan New Zealand relationship.

Annette Azuma - Vice Chair and Treasurer

Annette Azuma is a Director of Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Ltd, a nationwide certified public accountancy and comprehensive business advisory firm with a strong reputation for providing quality advice to privately owned, corporate and public organisations for over 70 years. Annette is a chartered accountant specialising in international business and dealing with a number of listed and unlisted corporates and high net worth individuals assisting with all aspects of taxation, compliance, M & A and immigration. Fluent in Japanese , she has particular expertise and experience assisting many Japanese clients doing business and investing in NZ, as well as representing NZ companies expanding their business to Japan. Annette has been with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway since 1996 and is also a board member of Drive Electric and member of Global Women (New Zealand).

Tony Boot - Vice Chair

Tony Boot established BTM - Japanese translation and marketing specialists in 1994. BTM provides assistance to a range of public sector and private sector organisations in New Zealand, Japan, USA, Fiji, and beyond. Tony is a graduate of the University of Waikato Business Management Studies department's International Management programme, specialising in Japanese & Marketing. Tony is a shareholder and director of New Zealand's largest farmstay company, Rural Tours Ltd, and holds other directorships as well. He is fluent in Japanese, and is actively involved with the development of New Zealand/Japan business relations. Tony was the JNZBC Executive Director from 2007 - 2013.

Clovis Peryer - Vice Chair

Since July 2016 Clovis has been based in Tokyo as the Head of Japan for Air New Zealand where his mission is to build connections between Japan and New Zealand through inspiring Japanese people to visit and experience New Zealand and New Zealand people to visit and experience Japan (preferably travelling on Air New Zealand).  A law graduate from Otago University, Clovis practised in New Zealand before finding himself in Tokyo in 1998 working for a New York law firm as part of the English law team representing Japanese clients on cross border commercial deals, before landing back in New Zealand at Air New Zealand where he was responsible for buying, selling, leasing and financing the company’s fleet.   

Sarah McLauchlan - Executive Director

Sarah brings much valuable experience to the position through her involvement in the New Zealand Committee over a number of years, including providing secretariat services during her time at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and more recently as an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Committee while she was working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Sarah has also spent a number of years living and working in Japan, including two postings with Tourism New Zealand, and thus has a sound understanding of both the business and cultural aspects of New Zealand/Japan relations.

Tony Spelman - Executive Committee Member                                                              

Tony is Corporate Development Manager for Swire Shipping in New Zealand, the deep sea shipping arm of Swire group.  His role primarily encompasses export business development with a focus on Asia markets and works a large number of New Zealand’s leading commodity exporters and importers.  He is also involved with strategic trade development projects across the company’s other divisions activities in New Zealand.  Tony previously worked as General Manager Sales & Marketing for a DHL, New Zealand Post joint venture and has particular experience and expertise across supply chain and logistics functions.

Brian Martin  - Executive Committee Member

Brian first visited Japan in 1962. He was strongly influenced as a young man, by Kaichiro Omiya, Managing director of Toya Menka Kaisha, now Tomen, who were amongst the pioneers of the log trade between Japan and New Zealand.Brian returned to live in Japan in 1972, as President of Levi's Japan, and later as their Chief Executive of Asia.Having lived in Asia and Japan for many years, he has remained active in his relationship with Japanese businesses. He has been a member of the JNZBC for 25 years – being one of its longest serving members, and former Chairman.The Japanese Foreign Minister awarded a commendation to the Japan New Zealand business Council, during his period as Chairman. Brian was the first non- Japanese to be awarded by the Japan New Zealand Society the JSA award. He is currently Executive Advisor for the Japan Society’s “Japan Day” which attracted 50,000 during this year’s event.He is a published author, and has been married to his Japanese wife Keiko for 40 years.

Doug Ducker - Executive Committee Member

Doug Ducker has been Managing Director of Pan Pac Forest Products since 2004 - this appointment followed almost 30 years service with the company in roles including process engineering, technical R & D, project management and production management associated with the pulping side of the business. An executive committee member of the Japan New Zealand Business Council over the last 4 years and currently Chairman of the Wood Council of New Zealand, Director of Wood Processors Assn and vice President of the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce. Doug is the Sector Leader for Forestry and Government Affairs on the JNZBC. 

Derek Hopkins - Executive Committee Member

Derek Hopkins is Managing Director of Franklin Group, which began life in 1982 as Franklin Rural Management Ltd, an agricultural consulting company. This is now the main operating company of the Group and its focus is entirely on investment project work in the rural sector. Derek completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc) degree at Massey University in 1968. Since graduating his professional career has been in the rural sector with a range of experience in consultancy, practical farming and investment promotion and management. As well as having experience in many of the farming regions in New Zealand he has worked in Australia, the South Pacific, United Kingdom and Asia. Derek has been a member of the JNZBC since 1998 and on the Executive committee since 2001.

Yoshi Kawamura - Executive Committee Member

Yoshihiro Kawamura is Managing Director of TJK NZ Ltd. Yoshihiro has been engaged in asset management of The George Hotel Christchurch, and Clarendon Tower in Christchurch. Yoshihiro graduated from Gakushuin University Tokyo, having majored in Economics and specialized in Business Strategy. After graduating, he entered Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Company and worked as a consultant until 2003. 

Mark Crawford - Executive Committee Member

Mark is a Partner with KPMG based in Auckland. Mark has worked in various businesses in New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Japan over the past 20 years. His experience includes three years working in a Senior Finance role for a US public company based in Washington DC. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2009, he spent eight years as a Partner working in Tokyo with KPMG, specialising in Audit and Advisory Services. In this capacity Mark worked with many multinational companies including General Electric, Fonterra and SAP and was a member of the Tokyo American Club. 
Since returning to New Zealand Mark now heads up the Japanese Practice for KPMG. His clients include Konica Minolta, Shiseido, Makita and Mazda. 

Wellington City Council (represented by Aiko Collins) - Executive Committee Member

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Wellington City Council's international relations team is responsible for the development of the Council's international relations policy, organising and coordinating international relationships and exchanges. The team works with business, education and community groups to promote and develop the city's international relations. 

Elizabeth Gollan - Executive Committee Member

Elizabeth is International Business Manager in Auckland Council’s ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development). She specialises in business leveraging of major events being held in Auckland, and works with Immigration New Zealand on their Investor Migrant Programme, attracting high net worth individuals to consider Auckland as their new Asia Pacific hub and/or their new home. Elizabeth has spent more than 30 years promoting New Zealand exports globally and foreign investment into NZ on behalf of the New Zealand government, with offshore assignments and various roles in Fiji, Japan (5 years), France, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore. She was one of the first graduates in Japanese from a NZ university (Massey) and also spent a year at the US State Department Language School in Yokohama. Elizabeth enjoys international travel, innovation, matching business needs with NZ solutions, and helping grow the Auckland economy.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (represented by rachel crump) - Executive Committee Member

Rachel Crump is Lead Advisor (Japan/Koreas) in the North Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In January 2018 she returned from Tokyo, where she was responsible for trade policy matters and was Consul at the New Zealand Embassy. Other roles she has held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade include in the NZ Inc Secretariat of the Strategic Policy Division and in the Trade Negotiations Division. A fluent Japanese speaker, Rachel also spent over a decade working and studying in Japan.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (represented by MARIA GRAY) - Executive Committee Member

As a New Zealand based representative for East Asia, Anne’s role involves assisting New Zealand companies who are interested in doing business in the Japanese markets. Anne is also is responsible for raising the profile of this region with New Zealand companies, developing NZTE’s strategic approach to the region and representing NZTE on the Japan New Zealand Business Council and Korean New Zealand Business Council. Prior to NZTE Anne worked in the wine industry with importers, distributors and wineries with the main focus on exporting to Europe, Australia and USA.