Like every good partnership, we share common values.
Despite occupying opposite ends of the earth, New Zealanders and Scandinavians have a quest for quality of life and independence of thought. Our heritage of pathfinding enterprise has evolved from pushing boundaries of thinking and walking a different path to seek better outcomes.
Vision Statement for NZSBA
To create value for members by promoting partnerships between individuals and organizations in New Zealand and Scandinavia for the benefit of bilateral trade and good will.
Our role is to create value for members by promoting partnerships and encouraging networking, relationships, and the flow of knowledge to support bilateral trade, investments, goodwill, and exchange of intellectual capital between individuals and organisations in New Zealand and Scandinavia.
We do this by:
Hosting business events on current (and future) business topics and with visiting Scandinavian ambassadors, ministers, and business delegations – as well as social / networking events;
Maintaining excellent relationships with our patrons, the Nordic ambassadors (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), and New Zealand’s Ambassador to Scandinavia - whom we value highly.
A number of our members are also Honorary Consuls from the Nordic and Baltic regions, who bring wide and deep in-country relationships;
Working closely with our wider stakeholders, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the EU Delegation to New Zealand, and the NZ EU Business Council, and collaborating on trade-related events; and
As guardians of the NZSBA Hans and Pat Björklund Scholarship, supporting studies and/or working experience in Scandinavia in areas relevant to cultural, political, and/or business relationships between New Zealand and the Nordic countries.
By leveraging the strength of our members and our relationships – and growing strong connections, developing warm friendships and having fun - we continue to create value for members, attract new members, and support bilateral trade and goodwill between New Zealand and Scandinavia.
Our Journey So Far
NZSBA IS FOUNDED
New Zealand Sweden Business Association was incorporated on 16 January 1991, with 15 founding members. It changed its name to New Zealand Scandinavian Business Association (March 1993) and to New Zealand Scandinavia Business Association (January 2006).
HANS AND PAT BJÖRKLUND SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDIES IN SCANDINAVIA INCORPORATED
The criteria for this Scholarship is for the NZSBA to support and assist recipients who are interested in studies and/or working experience in Scandinavia in areas relevant to cultural, political, and/or business relationships between New Zealand and the Nordic countries.