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Welcome to the official PNZBC website!

The Philippines-New Zealand Business Council or PNZBC, established in 1994, is comprised of Filipinos with business interests in New Zealand and New Zealanders who work in the Philippines and/or are doing business in the Philippines. 

Its mission is to promote and foster business cooperation, tourism and cultural relations between the Philippines and New Zealand.



* Provide a forum for Filipinos and New Zealanders interested in pursuing trade and investment between the Philippines and New Zealand.
* Promote business, cultural and social exchanges between the two countries.
* Establish an effective consultative and working relationship between businessmen, enterprises and trade organizations to advise Filipinos who want to do business in New Zealand and New Zealanders who want to do business in the Philippines.


Some of the PNZBC Member  Benefits include:

-   New Zealand Visa  Benefit

Fast and streamlined visa application process by Immigration New Zealand for PNZBC members with at least one year of good financial standing.

-    Free entrance to all Forums inclusive of buffet dinner and New Zealand wine and a discounted rate during the Annual Christmas Party

-    Special relationship with other  organizations - Australia New Zealand Chamber (ANZCham),  Australia New Zealand Association (ANZA) , Kiwi Contacts, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE),Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and New Zealand Philippines Business Council (NZPBC) in New Zealand.



Annual PNZBC Membership Fees:

Individual membership – Php6,000 

Corporate membership – Php9,500 entitled to two (2) representatives per company


2014-2015 Board of Directors


Johnny Co

James Concepcion

Rene Fuentes

Honeybee Hubahib

Charles Ley 

Tony Menzies

Josie Paule 

Alfredo Yao

Philip Yao 



Join PNZBC's 20th Year Anniversary Celebration! Mark your calendars!



Bigger! Bolder! Double the fun and excitement!

1 June Sunday

Register now! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   



Bring home the best of New Zealand during this 3-day event at the Glorietta Activity Center

20,21 &22 June



Celebrate 20 years of providing an important venue for Philippines and New Zealand business and trade

18 June Wednesday 



Enjoy the best of New Zealand food and wine in one fabulous night!





PNZBC FORUM "New Zealand, the New 'Lucky Country'"


The PNZBC FORUM entitled New Zealand, the new 'Lucky Country' held on the evening of October 1st at the New Zealand Ambassador's residence was enjoyed by 80 guests composing of members of the PNZBC, Kiwi Contacts, Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, Management Association of the Philippines, Philippine Marketing Association and members of various Philippine chambers. 

Resource speaker was former PNZBC Vice Chairman Kim Campbell, now Chief Executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association in New Zealand who led an interesting discussion on how bright the future looks for New Zealand, what the New Zealand government and the private sector are doing to improve business, trade and manufacturing as well as opportunities for investments in New Zealand. He briefly touched on the topic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as well as the Free Trade arrangements in place.

The PNZBC Forum provided an opportunity for Filipino, NZ and various business people to network and share experiences while enjoying the best of NZ food and wine.

Everyone had a grand time and exciting door prizes were awarded including an overnight stay for 2 at the only heritage resort in the Philippines - Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in historic Bataan! 


A warm PNZBC welcome to our new members!

Sarah Bryant, Vince Reyes and Dominic Walton-France

AGS FOUR WINDS - Raphael de Colnet
ADEC GROUP - James Michael Donovan

Thank you to our raffle sponsors - Zen Asia, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Print Media Partner - Business World

Special thanks to H.E. Reuben Levermore for hosting the event at the New Zealand Ambassador's official residence.


New Zealand Night at the PNZBC
The New Zealand Night at the PNZBC held on the evening of 24 July at the New Zealand Ambassador's official residence in Makati City was enjoyed by more than 90 guests composing of members of the PNZBC and Kiwi Contacts.  
H.E. Reuben Levermore opened the program with his short speech about the NZ government's focus on Southeast Asia and it's goal of boosting NZ exports in the region thru an NZ Inc joint effort. He encouraged everyone to work closely together to raise the profile of NZ business in the Philippines. The real highlight of the evening was Trade Commisioner Hernando Banal's presentation about the significant "NZ Wins in the Philippines" by providing the facts about recent NZ Commercial Successes by the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
The NZ Night at the PNZBC provided an opportunity for Filipino and NZ business people to network and share experiences while enjoying the best of NZ food, wine and music with Kiwi pianist Graham Barnett serenading the guests.
Great door prizes from Easiyo, Forth & Tay, Manuka honey, Primeline, Sol Marina Resort and Ziggurat added fun and excitement. 
The event was sponsored by: My Own Meatshop, Philippine Business Bank, Sol Marina Resort, Boracay and Zesto, media partner BusinessWorld and wine sponsors Pebble Lane and EvaPilipinas. 



Amazing Jeepney Race for an Amazing Cause


Over 100 participants from different companies and nationalities participated in the first-ever Amazing Jeepney Race organized by the Philippines-New Zealand Business Council supported by the New Zealand Embassy, Manila last March 10, 2013 Sunday for the benefit of Operation Restore Hope.



Among the participants were expats and locals from the New Zealand, Australian, British, Canadian and ADB community including Ask Foundation, International School and Transcom employees.


All in all, 12 teams in 12 jeepneys participated in the Race which converged at the New Zealand Embassy building parking lot as the starting point and finished at the New Zealand Ambassador’s official residence for the Awarding Ceremonies.


The Race featured interesting points of interest around Manila including famous historical landmarks. The participants rode a Philippine Sarao jeepney, a famous Philippine icon while collecting clues along the way and participating in exciting challenges.


Proceeds of the Race will go to the Operation Restore Hope Medical Mission supported by the Philippines-New Zealand Business Council for 4 consecutive years now. Operation Restore Hope is composed of mostly New Zealand doctors and volunteers who yearly come to the Philippines to conduct cleft-lip and palate operations for underprivileged Filipino children.


Major Sponsor: Transcom

Minor Sponsors: Jetstar, Zesto

Jeepney Sponsors: Sarao, Smart, 360 Degrees, Ask Foundation

Media Partners: Dacer PR Legacy, Radyo Inquirer, Business World


Lootbags from Zesto, Chips Delight, EZ Chew, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise  



Nearly 60 golfers including New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore, Papua New Guinea Ambassador Christian Vihruri, PNZBC Board members, members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, officials from the Embassies of New Zealand, Australia and Canada turned out for the PNZBC Waitangi Day Golf Tournament held last 1 February at the Philippine Navy Golf Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.


The annual tournament which has been running for more than a decade is a commemoration of the New Zealand's Waitangi Day.


This year's Lowest Gross Champion was Boy De Fiesta while CJ Radcliffe was the Lowest Net Champion. Class A Champion: Keith Halford, Class A Runner-up: Charles Bates, Class B Champion: Allan Serdena, Class B Runner-up: Rico Delos Reyes, Class C Champion: Ben Richardson and Class C Runner-up: Serge Ortiz-Luis Jr. and the Ladies Divison Champion: Supaporn Kolkma


The winners each took home trophies and prizes from SNI Philippines. The golfers each received golf umbrellas from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and gift certificates from Perps MedSpa. Exciting raffle prizes were also given out to the lucky golfers including 2 round trip Zest Air tickets and accommodations to Boracay as the grand prize. Other major prizes were men's watch, New Zealand wine appliances and spa gift certificates.


PNZBC would like to thank the following:

Major sponsor:


Major Golf Hole sponsors:

Raco Trading

Zesto Corporation

Minor Hole sponsors:

BF Builders Construction Corporation, IGCo Natural Colostrum, Philippine Exporters Confederation 

Raffle & golf prize sponsors:

Zest Air, Tonkin & Taylor, Perps MedSpa, Invivo New Zealand wines, EDCOP, DessertGems Fashion Accessories

Player's gift bag sponsors:

Chips Delight, EZ Chew Corporation, IGCo Natural Colostrum, Ligo Sardines, Perps Medspa, Zesto Corporation

Trophies courtesy of Philip Yao



We are happy to announce the new benefit that will allow PNZBC members' New Zealand visa applications to be expedited. Immigration New Zealand is offering a streamlined visa-processing service exclusive for PNZBC members. This trial process takes place from June 14,2012 and will be reviewed after a period of six (6) months. To qualify for this, PNZBC members will be needing membership verification letters which can be secured from the PNZBC Secretariat upon request. 

For any questions regarding this benefit, please contact the PNZBC Secretariat. For questions on visa-related matters, please contact the INZ Manila via email on  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .




For 2013, PNZBC targets 110 active members. If your are interested to be a member, simply email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for a copy of the Membership Application Form. 




PNZBC members, sponsors and guests celebrated a fun and meaningful Christmas Party on 5 December Wednesday 6:30 pm. at the New Zealand ambassador's official residence. Proceeds of the party will go to the Operation Restore Hope Manila Medical Mission 2013. 

Guests enjoyed a buffet feast prepared by the New Zealand Embassy official residence cooks with special ice cream by Carmen's Best and New Zealand mussels from My Own Meatshop. New Zealand wine by Pebble Lane, Invivo Bella and Zen Asia, juices from Zesto Corporation and beer from San Miguel were served.


Many thanks to:



Minor Sponsors: ANZ Bank, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Sensient Technologies, Zesto Corporation 


PNZBC is still accepting donations for Operation Restore Hope. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  




PNZBC is accepting advertisements in its website and Facebook page. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for inquiries or call 8914078.



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