As recently as the afternoon of 11 August, New Zealand was envied by many overseas for seemingly eliminating community transmission of the virus. Few predicted that in less than 24 hours, Auckland would be back under Alert Level Three, while the rest of the nation would be under Level Two. This re-emergence of the virus highlighted the unpredictability of the battle against Covid-19, and the magnitude of the challenge facing our businesses, government agencies, and indeed all New Zealanders.
It appears that we have made good progress in containing the latest outbreak. North Asia CAPE has decided to proceed with our first in-person event since lockdown began, but at a slightly later date. Our event is intended as both a celebration of how far we have come together, and an opportunity to prepare for the significant mahi in front of us, as we continue to engage with North Asia, probably the single most important region for New Zealand to get right.
North Asia CAPE would like to invite you to join us after work on the new date of Thursday 24 September 2020 to share refreshments and kai, among friends, and hear from an expert panel tasked with helping us to think about how Aotearoa New Zealand might engage more effectively with China, Japan, and Korea, in a world changed forever by Covid-19.
Our panellists are: economist and commentator Shamubeel Eaqub; two-time New Zealand Ambassador to China John McKinnon; and University of Auckland Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) Professor Jenny Dixon. North Asia CAPE Director Paul Clark will host the evening.