IKEA to Open Auckland Store
Chris Linton (President NZSBA), Frank Olsson (Swedish Honorary Consul (and Swedish)) and James Clague (VP and Treasurer, with close links to IKEA's NZ launch head) recently attended the exclusive Ikea launch. They plan to open their first New Zealand in the Auckland area and online shopping platform in the next few years.
Christmas Party - Swedish Style
A wonderful celebration for our 2018 Xmas dinner. Thank you Johan Larsson from SKF Group, for sharing a Swedish Christmas, Frank Olsson, our top MC in full song, our sponsors - Scan Global Logistics, Volvo Cars, Electrolux, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean & Solutions, and Man O' War Vineyards, and our fabulous guests - we appreciate your support.
VOLVO Ocean Race Experience
What an inspirational evening! Thanks Volvo Group for hosting us at the Volvo Ocean Race Experience. Amazing presentations from Frida Langenius, Volvo Ocean Race Project Manager and ocean race sailor Damien Foxall, from Vestas 11th Hour Racing team, to a full house at the beautiful Volvo pavilion. Sustainability and Turn the Tide on Plastics were two memorable themes - let’s all support these important initiatives. Coby Duggan, Volvo NZ GM, our host and master mariner for the evening - a huge thank you from us all.
Christmas Party - Went off with a Snaps and a song or two!
Thanks all who celebrated with us in true Scandinavian style at our Christmas Party made famous by the wonderful hosting and singing by our very own Honorary Swedish Consul, Frank Olsson. Of course accompanied by Snaps!
This year we enjoyed the wonderful ambience and sunset at Billfish Cafe on the Waterfront. Check out the pictures!
Breakfast Event with Danish Ambassador
On the 25th October we held a Breakfast event with Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring where he spoke about Technology and The Future of Work with insights into how Denmark is tackling the global challenge.
The well-known Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer & Lassen, who are designing the new library in Christchurch, shared some of their insight and projects which everyone really enjoyed.
AGM 2017 at Duncan Cotterill
NZSBA's 27th AGM on the 15th August 2017 was well attended and kindly hosted by Chris Linton, at Duncan Cotterill offices.
Scandinavian Trade Event
NZSBA hosted a trade event at Europe House earlier this year with special guests:
Danish Ambassador to Oceania, Tom Nørring
Mette Hoberg Tønnesen & Lone Ryg Olsen from 'Invest in Denmark'
General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market
Nordic Networking Unplugged + AGM at Cult
We had another AGM 11th August 2016, this being AGM number 26 , with good attendance. We were hosted by Paul Rinke-Mailman in Cult Design's premises at The Strand in Parnell.
Christmas Party - Celebrating 25 years Norwegian Style
We had a lot to live up to after an incredible Christmas Party in 2014, so of course we stepped it up a notch for 2015 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Our Authentic Nordic Christmas Party, Norwegian Style was be held on the roof-top of Next Generation Health & Lifestyle Club in Parnell on Thursday 3 December. The evening was a great success due to the joy and participation of all those present including the honorary consuls of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
NZSBA's Cafe Fika at the Scandinavian Christmas Market 1st Nov
NZSBA AGM 2015
Intro from James's Presidents report: The quarter century milestone is quite an achievement and it’s an honour to be here and involved. The NZSBA began life back in 1990 as a Swedish Business Association by Hans and Pat Björkland, and later changed to capture the entire Nordic region. Hans sadly passed away in October 2012 but the spirit of what he wanted to achieve is alive and well here at the NZSBA.
Volvo XC90 Launch
Our members were kindly invited to the launch of the new VOLVO XC90, and those that made it along were delighted. The new VOLVO showroom in Greenlane is stunning and testament to the rapidly increasing position VOLVO has in the luxury vehicle segment - the fastest growing luxury brand in the world. And like the new XC90, the showroom exudes Swedish design - minimalist, chic and downright cool.
Nordic Networking - Unplugged at ABB
On 9 June 2015 NZSBA member ABB hosted a Nordic Networking event at their NZ Head Office in Grafton, Auckland. This provided a great opportunity to network and get to know this company that has over 80 years of history in NZ. On behalf of all members who attended I would like to thank Ewan and the ABB team hosting a wonderful networking event and the fascinating insight into the ABB business.
SCA Volvo Ocean Race Pavilion Tour
Our most hygienic member SCA and the SCA Volvo Ocean Race Team kindly invited us to their pavilion in the Viaduct for a presentation from their all women team, as well as a private tour of the race village and Networking of course.