My Dunedin Itinerary

Linkages beyond our borders

Goals: Increase international investment. Establish strategic projects with other cities.

Business and investment attraction

A programme to identify and profile potential offshore investors and companies, business and R&D investment opportunities in Dunedin, and facilitate the matching of the investors with the opportunities. This will include developing collateral that articulates Dunedin’s value proposition to businesses and investors in New Zealand and offshore (including through www.DunedinNZ.com). We will also work with other regional and local councils to attract investment.

Project partners

Dunedin City Council, Ngāi Tahu, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, University of Otago, Immigration New Zealand, KEA, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Project update

Second-phase project. A project team will be convened once the initial projects are well underway.

Project Shanghai and China

Identify specific two-way trade and investment opportunities (including for talent and education) between Dunedin and Shanghai, including assessing the extent to which political and Shanghai city ownership interests can be leveraged for the benefit of Dunedin businesses.

Shanghai will be the initial focus and, if successful, similar approaches will be made with other cities in China and offshore, incorporating lessons learned from Shanghai.

Project convenor

Otago Chamber of Commerce.

Project partners

Dunedin City Council, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Shanghai Association, Tourism Dunedin, business leaders.

Project update

A Visit to Shanghai in April 2013 resulted in five high schools signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Shanghai high schools to carry out co-operation between the schools. The Delegation met the Vice Chairman of Shanghai Tourism Authority and discussed strengthening cooperation in the tourism sector between Shanghai and Dunedin. The Delegation met Shanghai Zizhu to discuss collaboration on R&D between Shanghai and Dunedin. An MoU was signed between Otago Chamber of Commerce and Zizhu Hi-Tech Chamber of Commerce.

Achievements to date

  • The Shanghai sister-city relationship first established in 1994 has been deepened
  • A prospectus for marketing Dunedin’s education sector has been developed
  • Businesses interested in trading with China in four key sectors (food and beverage, education, tourism and health and biotechnology) where Dunedin has a world-class advantage formed part of a delegation to Shanghai in October 2013. It was a successful trip with two out of three F&B businesses signing substantial deals, good interest in the technology sector, research opportunities and IP, and interest in investment into NZ.

Next steps

  • Education export
  • A Dunedin scholarship programme
  • Investigate the possibility of an education office/representative for Dunedin in Shanghai

Food and beverage

  • Ensure current business deals are progressing
  • Explore opportunities with new companies

Technology

  • Develop the relationship with the Zizhu Chamber
  • An MoU between the University of Otago and Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Sister-city relationship

  • Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office staff exchange. Yuan Zhifeng was hosted at the DCC Economic Development Unit in February 2014
  • 20th Anniversary of the Dunedin-Shanghai sister-city relationship – invitation to the Mayor of Shanghai to visit Dunedin
  • Dunedin Mayoral Delegation to Shanghai

Inward investment

  • More formal investment links with QingDao and Guangzhou
  • Seek opportunities in China using Shanghai as a gateway

Dunedin ambassadors’ programme

The programme will identify ex-Dunedin residents to mentor Dunedin businesses, attract inward investment, and potentially provide employment pathways and connections.

Project convenor

University of Otago.

Project partners

Dunedin City Council, Ngāi Tahu, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, University of Otago, AlumniConnect (secondary schools), KEA, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Tourism Dunedin, multinational companies.

Project update

Second-phase project. A project team will be convened once the initial projects are well underway.