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March 24 25 26 Duxton Hotel, Wellington and Auckland

November 27 Raffaele Hotel, Wellington


November 8 Rydges Hotel, Auckland

December 10 Il Casino Restaurant, Wellington


January 31 Queens Wharf, Wellington

March 30 Italian Festival, Overseas Terminal, Wellington
This traditional yearly Venue, sponsored by Il Casino Restaurant, La Bella Italia and Caffe` l'Affare with the Patronage of Club Garibaldi and the participation of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand, was held at the Overseas Terminal. It was an original, authentic and successful Italian Festival that it called every year 15.000 visitors. Entrance was free. Next Festival would be held in Auckland in the next few months.


June 16-19 - Fielddays International Exhibition - Hamilton

Italian Government Delegation Visit November - Wellington
The Chamber has held a dinner at Il Casino, in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in New Zealand, in honour of the visit of a delegation of Italian Senators and Mps from various political parties from the Italian Government in Rome. The event was very well received by the Italian Parlamentarians and strong ties have been formed between the Chamber and the Italian Government. The Chamber had a unique occasion to ask for support and it was assured that its message would reach the appropriate government departments in Italy. A great evening for all to remember!


Festival Italia, Wellington (April 3rd 2005)
In April this year the Italian Chamber of Commerce was once again involded in the traditional Italian Festival. The annual Italian Festival, held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, has become a major fixture on the Wellington calendar, and attracts thousands of Wellingtonians each year. The day is filled with Italian treats, including sumptuous food and wine, a huge selection of products for sale, excellent holiday and travel advice, and entertainment. For the adults, the spaghetti eating competition is definitely a crowd pleaser. The event is organised by the Circolo Italiano di Wellington www.circoloitaliano.org.nz.

Italian Government Delegation Visit November - Wellington
The Chamber has held a dinner at Il Casino, in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in New Zealand, in honour of the visit of a delegation of Italian Senators and Mps from various political parties from the Italian Government in Rome. The event was very well received by the Italian Parlamentarians and strong ties have been formed between the Chamber and the Italian Government. The Chamber had a unique occasion to ask for support and it was assured that its message would reach the appropriate government departments in Italy. A great evening for all to remember!

Breakfast Meeting at Canteen Cafe, Auckland (May 3rd 2005)
The first breakfast meeting for 2005, featured Massimo Bellina from Marsala in Sicily. Massimo is Export Director for Pellegrino and Duca Di Castelmonte wines, on the tourism board for Marsala region and a classically trained wine maker. Massimo talked passionately about their wineries, where they fit internationally and wine developments in Sicily, including Marsala, and the islands of Favignana and Pantelleria. Plus he gave us an insight to Sicilian life, which includes the infamous Mafia. There were many questions from the floor and everyone left with a desire to head to the airport and leave for the sun of Sicily. This may become harder for us all to resist as Phil Clarke is now investigating the possibility of creating a guided tour to that part of Italy, missing this breakfast to travel to Sicily to carry out his research immediately.

EuroFest European Forum, Wellington (May 3rd 2005)
In May the Italian Chamber of Commerce participated in the annual Euro-Fest, along with the Italian Embassy, the Accademia Italiana della Cucina and Slow-food Movement For Eurofest May 14 2005, Wellington. The first European Fair was held in Wellington 12 years ago, but Eurofest came into being with the celebration last year of the enlargement of the European Union on May 1. This year's events included an exhibition of posters at Wellington Central Library, a European food week at the Duxton Hotel, and a festival at Queens Wharf on 14 May. Eurofest is now supported by most European embassies and consulates, with sponsorship from Wellington Waterfront, Lufthansa and Porsche. Watch out for this festival to grow further in coming years. Said Maurice Maxwell, Charge d'Affaires of the European Commission's Wellington Delegation: "Eurofest helps demonstrate that being a part of a great project like the creation of Europe does not mean that we have to give up our national cultures, languages and traditions".

Breakfast Meeting at Canteen Cafe, Auckland (June14th 2005)
The Chamber's guest speaker for this second meeting is Andrew Knowles from Patent Attorneys James & Wells. James & Wells represent NZ companies dealing with Italian products and suppliers. The topic should be of significant interest to those of us with or representing brands and anyone with intellectual property to protect. There is a relevant article on this subject in the Independent May 25th issue for those who have a copy. This is another opportunity for you to learn more about doing business with Italy and to network with other members of the Chamber that are based in the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

Auckland 12th July 2005. Breakfast meeting organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce at Canteen Caffe'.
Guest speaker: Raffaela del Monte The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Auckland invites you to the third of the breakfast meetings of the Chamber for 2005 on the 12th July at Canteen Cafe, 12 Nugent Street, Grafton. The Auckland Directors of the Chamber will welcome you from 7:20, with breakfast commencing at 7:30. The meeting is open to non-members. Parking in and around the area is good at that time of day. The meeting will conclude at approximately 9:00. The second breakfast meeting for 2005, held on the 14th June, featured Ian Finch and David Marriott from Patent Attorneys James & Wells. James & Wells represent NZ companies dealing with Italian products and suppliers. The topic of intellectual property protection was fascinating. Surprising eh! Ian and David tag teamed the whole presentation which was very informative and entertaining. They provided those present with a timely reminder of their options and potential exposure in today's global business environment. The potential risks to our businesses can be significant if we do not carry out some simple steps to protect our hard work - trademarks, intellectual property and patent registration. If you would like to contact them directly their details are: Tel: 914 6740 . Street address: Level 9, James & Wells building, 56 Cawley St. Ellerslie The Chamber's guest speaker for this third meeting is Raffaela Delmonte. Raffaela is one of New Zealand's most well known Italian food personalities. Raffaela and Paolo Delmonte are recent immigrants to New Zealand, moving here in 1998. While still in Italy, Raffaela's love of cuisine soon passed from pure interest in cooking traditional dishes to savour in the company of friends, to researching and delving into the more technical, historical and cultural aspects of culinary art. This passion led to her spending 5 years attending courses at the IPCA - Culinary Institute of Milan. In 1999 Raffaela established "Al Dente" - Italian Cooking School and Food Consultancy - to share her love and knowledge of Italian regional cuisine along with the fun and the simplicity that being Italian means. Her interest and curiosity for new flavours and the food of other cultures was the stimulus behind Raffaela & Paolo's establishment of the Auckland convivium of the International Slow Food movement http://www.slowfood.com/ - where the appreciation and knowledge of food of every culture is paramount. Raffaela is a member of the Olives New Zealand Tasting Panel for certifying Extra Virgin Olive Oil since its onset in 2002. Her first book "The Fragrance of Basil - Food and Memories of My Italian Childhood" - won the 2002 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Perigaux, France as best food literature book in English language.

Wellington 13th July 2005. Breakfast meeting at Il Casino Wellington
Breakfast meeting organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce at il Casino restaurant www.ilcasino.co.nz Speaker: Todd Cleaver. MFAT - "Defining the Trade Environment" with emphasis on trade with Italy and other countries of the European Union.
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Hilary Hunt, managing director of Tuatara Management Ltd. 9th August 2005.
The fourth breakfast meeting, held on the 9th August, featured Mr Hilary (Hils) Hunt from Tuatara Management Ltd. Tuatara Management Ltd is a corporate foreign exchange specialist, New Zealand’s leading foreign exchange risk management company. While it can be said that a breakfast meeting discussion about foreign exchange may not be some people’s idea of fun, if you weren’t there you missed out of some interesting and enlightening gems of wisdom. Hils was most entertaining and informing. I am certain that all those who attended who need to transact foreign currencies regularly found it very worthwhile.

September activities.(6-8 September 2005) Wellington.
New Zealand launching of the latest Catalano Italian bathroom range. The Chamber together with the Embassy of Italy have been invited by Plumbline Importers and Distributors to be part of the launching of the latest Catalano Italian bathroom range. Mr Geoff Wallace's company is the New Zealand importer and distributor of one of the finest Italian Ceramic producers - the Catalano Company. Catalano was established in 1967 as an association of artisans in the typica tradition of the Rome region of Civilta' Castellana. Their work spans from artisan type products through evolution to an industrial type. Now Catalano Ceramic is one of the leading bathroom manufacturers in Italy with the same leadership reputation in different part of the world. The promotion, under the Donnelly Marketing Director Manager John Donnelly, was launched in Wellington from the 6-8 of September, with guests from nationwide representing most of the key New Zealand bathroom suppliers and retailers. The products could be viewed in the show room in Thorndon. The Chamber Secretary General ,Dr Letizia Columbano Green, presented highlights of the Made in Italy., the history and tradition of the skills of the Italian people, emphasis on the culture of style, design & fundamental quality of Italian products. The presentation also included the influence of Italy on all manner of design and art as well as how design leadership and innovation have been the source of sustainable competitive advantage. Later in the evenings the guests of Plumbline were invited to relax and to have more talks regarding the Italian Life Style at the Italian restaurant Il Casino.

13th September 2005. Next Events ICCNZ Breakfast
The Chamber's guest speaker for this second meeting is Andrew Knowles from Patent Attorneys James & Wells. James & Wells represent NZ companies dealing with Italian products and suppliers. The topic should be of significant interest to those of us with or representing brands and anyone with intellectual property to protect. There is a relevant article on this subject in the Independent May 25th issue for those who have a copy. This is another opportunity for you to learn more about doing business with Italy and to network with other members of the Chamber that are based in the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

ICCNZ Dinner in Paraparaumu
With a ICCNZ member Michelle Damosso we held a "degustazione" of wine and food from Piemonte, Italy, and gave a wide screen presentation on some of the business and tourist activities of the area. This was so successful that similar dinners are planned for Auckland and Christchurch in 2006.

ICCNZ thanks to the Italian Embassy Wellingtom met with the following dignitaries.
the President of the National Park of Le CinqueTerre, Liguria, with a delegation from the Chamber of Commerce of Milano, and with the directors of ENIT, the Italian Government Tourist Agency, from Japan and Australia.


ICCNZ present at Fieldays in Hamilton from 12 to 17 June 2006
ICCNZ was present at Fieldays in Hamilton from 12 to 17 June 2006 assisting Coldiretti, Agriteam, Camera di Commercio  di Milano and Regione Lombardia. Fieldays is the largest agricultural trade show in the Southern Hemisphere with approximately 125000 visitors each year. ICCNZ organized the hiring of chattels for the stand, booked accomodation and supplied a hostess and two directors as interpreters for the duration of the show. ICCNZ is proud to have assisted in the promotion of exhibits, to have organized meetings with potential trade partners and to have liaised with the local authorities, in conjunction with the Italian Embassy, to overcome technical impediments to the importation of food products for the stand. On the 13th ICCNZ organized a breakfast at Caffè Centrale in Hamilton for about 20 people including importers of food products, journalists, a representative of Il Circolo Italiano and a Hamilton city councillor. Also present were four ICCNZ directors: one from Hamilton, the Vice President and another director from Auckland and the President from Wellington. ICCNZ is in contact with Waikato newspapers and a radio station in Auckland to publicize Italy and the event nationwide. The Italian presence at Fieldays has been very rewarding. Meetings were organized with AgResearch and Innovation Waikato to promote a bilateral exchange of researchers and a visit was planned by the New Zealand companies to Coldiretti in Milan in September/October this year with a view to forming a joint company. Business relations have been strengthened with Edit ID and Zee Tags Limited. Several companies have shown interest in the innovative ear tags exhibited by Prionics Italia that facilitate the extrction and preservation of DNA from animals in an efficient and humane manner. ICCNZ organized a meeting with the Callagher Company who expressed an interest in supplying Coldiretti with aerials and scales to complement their traceAbility software and system. Other aerials seen at the show included a Canadian design and that of the NZ firm Allflex. ICCNZ believes that Coldiretti, as part owners of Describo, is now in a position to deliver, along with these aerials and scales, their system and software to some 40 countries who have expressed strong interest in it. ICCNZ introduced UltraScan Ltd, a consortium of NZ companies, to Coldiretti and Prionics Italia. Members of the consortium were interested in traceAbility and the ear tag system of Prionics Italia. ICCNZ translated for Ernesto Beretta of Coldiretti and Describo at a seminar held by the management of Fieldays. Mr Beretta answered queries from farmers and businesses about procedures and costs relating to traceAbility, soon to introduced in New Zealand. Ernesto Beretta is heading this project worldwide and his research has been instrumental in the implementation of this product that promises to be very successful as international interest in traceAbility grows and countries pass laws to introduce it. The promotion of Italian food products has been effective. Several importers have expressed interest, in particular Auckland’s A touch of Italy and Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove Lodge Villas. The general public appreciated the samples very much, especially the wine that is now on sale at Caffè Centrale and we hope will soon be available nationwide. Coldiretti and Camera di Commecio of Milan have expressed interest in having an annual presence at Fieldays and in maintaining a close collaboration with ICCNZ. ICCNZ has confirmed its willingness to assist Italian delegations and companies in achieving their targets in New Zealand. In conclusion ICCNZ believes the event has been a real success.

ICCNZ End of year party December 2006
Tuesday 5th December 2006. Her Excellency Liana Marolla, Ambassador of Italy opened our function, Charles Finny CEO Wellington Chamber of Commerce said a few words. About 60 people attended.


ICCNZ Breakfast at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington in February
2007 started with a well attended breakfast at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington in February introducing the NZ Ambassador Designate to Rome, Mr. Laurie Markes, and with guest speaker from Italy, Dr Luca de Leonardis international business consultant from Bologna University. .

ICCNZ President tours the North Island
Dr. Luca De Leonardis and ICCNZ President Mario Leonti travelled in the North Island to offer ICCNZ support to members, make new members and seek partnerships to organise events. They reached west to Wanganui and New Plymouth and then north to Auckland. In Hamilton they met with Joe Di Maio, a City Councillor, to discuss ICCNZ presence at Fieldays and the significance of the alliance between Innovation Park and Coldiretti for the Waikato region and ICCNZ. In Wanganui, President Mario Leonti met with Juliette Handley of Simply Italian Ltd and her staff. In Auckland they met with the Honorary Consul for Italy Cav. Mario Magaraggia to discuss how to improve the ICCNZ presence in the region. They also met with 2 Councillors, with Donna Neilson to discuss her return on the Council, with the owners of Aquamatta Restaurant as a prospective member and with International Art Centre to discuss collaboration in Christchurch.

ICCNZ Stand at Italian Festival Wellington
ICCNZ shared stand with Italian Embassy at Italian Festival Wellington – 15000 visitors.

ICCNZ Classical Guitar Concert
A Classical Guitar and Flamenco Concert held on 28th March 2007 from 8pm at his residence in Waikanae Downs. The event was very succesful with about 55 people enjoying the classical music.

Europe day 2007
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. Today, the 9th of May has come to symbolise European unity, peace and prosperity. This Europe Day is particularly significant as it forms part of our celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. It was 50 years ago on 25 March 1957 that the Treaty was signed by six European countries, putting into practice the concept put forward by Robert Schuman seven years earlier. To mark Europe Day in New Zealand, the flag of the European Union flew from the Auckland Harbour Bridge on 9 May. The flag was raised at dawn by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Delegation of the European Commission to New Zealand, Maurice Maxwell. The European Union flag comprises 12 gold stars on a blue background. The circle of gold stars represents solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe. The number twelve is traditionally the symbol of perfection, completeness and unity. A National Day cocktail reception for the diplomatic, government and business communities was hosted by Mr Maxwell in Wellington on 10 May. Mr Maxwell said, “The European Commission’s presence in New Zealand underlines a commitment to work hand and hand with countries of like mind and to forge ever stronger ties of friendship. “We in Europe acknowledge New Zealand as a dependable ally and close friend. Our friendship is anchored in a shared history, shared values and mutual esteem. We intend to ensure that these feelings of kinship continue and grow.” Members of the committee joined the Head of Delegation of the European Commission, Maurice Maxwell, from Wellington at dawn this morning for the climb to the top of the bridge. As you can see from the attached photos it was a spectacular day.

Fieldays 2007 Hamilton
On the 13-16 June 2007 Mystery Creek, Hamilton Our Waikato Board Member, Giampietro Fren, co-ordinated the ICCNZ presence at Fieldays 2007. ICCNZ members, exhibiting/attending Fieldays included, Coldiretti, Bertolini and Ascor Chimici. HE Liana Marolla, Ambassador of Italy attended Fieldays, with a special stop at Bertolini and in the evening attended the All Blacks game in Hamilton. It was a very busy and successful 4 days at Fieldays 2007.

Anselmi Italia Exhibition Christchurch - September 2007
One of our valued members, the International Art Centre of Auckland, travelled to Christchurch and presented an inspiring exhibition of Italian art in September. ICCNZ President Mario Leonti officiated at the cocktail function and preview, which was very well attended by art lovers from Canterbury and further afield. An invitation to the preview was also extended to local ICCNZ members. Whilst in Christchurch, President Mario Leonti, also met with ICCNZ members, the Christchurch & Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, the Mediterranean Food Company and Alessandro and Wilma Laryn of Cracroft Chase Vineyard.

ICCNZ Meeting with Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Sen. Franco Danieli
ICCNZ president, Mario Leonti met the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Sen. Franco Danieli during his visit to the Italian Embassy in Wellington and sought his support for the growth of ICCNZ.

La Bella Italia Cibo Arte Dinner
ICCNZ Councilor Antonio Cacace proudly presented a new Serata Cibo Arte with international pianist Matteo Napoli in one of the most beautiful concert venues in Wellington. Italian pianist Matteo Napoli was guest artist of la Bella Italia/Ciboarte first event in Wellington at the Overseas Terminal in 2005. The audience were delighted by the combination of magical music and delicious Italian food. It was a very successful night. Matteo Napoli is from Salerno, in the South of Italy. He has performed throughout Italy and Europe and also America, Asia and Oceania. He performs as a soloist with orchestras, as a chamber musician, and as a recitalist. Napoli has visited New Zealand for over 15 years, with recitals and orchestra perfomances. He has taught in seminars at New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University and as Artist Resident at King's College in Auckland. His repertoire includes some of the most exquisite and challenging piano concertos by the great piano composers like Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Beethoven. Matteo Napoli will perform a very special programme: Liszt: Nocturne n° 3 (Liebestraum), Sonata in b minor Cimarosa: Three Sonatas Albeniz: Evocacion, El Puerto Granados: Minuetto, Zarabanda, Villanesca De Falla: Danza del mugnaio, Danza del fuoco La Bella Italia will ensure the right accompaniment with the magical instruments of authentic Italian food, "played" by Antonio and Chef Gabriele Cagnetta and a special 4 Course Dinner.

Ascor Chimici Trade Visit to New Zealand - October
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand was asked by ICCNZ member Ascor Chimici, a large Italian Company that operates in the area of Animal Health and Nutrition, to help them find a distributor in New Zealand. The founder and owner, Sig Valentini, and Sig Pandolfini, their international marketing manager, were in the country from 15 to 23 October. Together with ICCNZ President Mario Leonti they met with several major players in the NZ market selected for them by ICCNZ: Chemiplas, Ethical Agents, NRM, Stockguard, Agrifeeds and Animal Health Centre in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Morrinsville. Their mission was very well received and New Zealand companies are placing orders right now. Ascor Chimici is planning a yearly presence at Fieldays from 2008. Upon their return to Italy, Sig. Valentini, Sig Pandolfini, Director Dall'ara and Scientific Coordinator Cavassini of Ascor Chimici, met with ICCNZ consultant Dr Luca De Leonardis to discuss possibilities of bilateral trade between Italian and New Zealand companies that will enhance the visibility of ICCNZ in Italy.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce Business Club 2007 Event
ICCNZ promoted membership opportunities, with a Stand at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce Business Club 2007 event in October, alongside the Istituto nazionale per il Commercio Estero - Ufficio di Auckland/Italian Trade Commission - Auckland Office. It was a successful evening with a number of expressions of interest.


ICCNZ trip to Europe April 2008
ICCNZ President, Mario Leonti, conducted several meetings to foster relationships with diplomatic, political and business institutions. Dott. Luca De Leonardis organized meetings for him in Roma, Modena, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Forli, Treviso, Milano, Val Di Comino, Frosinone, San Gimignano, Siena, Torino and Mondovì with very promising results. They introduced the idea of New Zealand becoming a hub for Italy in the South Pacific reaching as far as Chile, China and Singapore. The concept was very well received. In Rome they met with the NZ Ambassador Laurie Markes and had a very enjoyable lunch with him. They discussed ways of assisting medium to small NZ businesses develop markets in Italy and of raising the quality of service in the NZ tourist industry. Dott. De Leonardis also arranged an introduction to Dott. Antonio Romano of Assocamerestero, in charge of the Network of Italian Chambers of Commerce worldwide. Dott. Romano was encouraging about the likelihood of ICCNZ being accepted by Assocamerestero and offered many useful suggestions to strengthen our eligibility. In Emilia-Romagna ICCNZ member Ascor Chimici very generously hosted us at the Castle of Diegaro. We much enjoyed their justly famed hospitality and cuisine. We also met with Sig. Valentini, owner and founder of Ascor Chimici and were shown over their facilities by their Export Area Manager Sig. Pandolfini. It was lovely meeting them again and hearing of the successful outcomes of the meetings ICCNZ organized for them in NZ in 2007.
Their next visit was to the Chamber of Commerce of Modena to meet with Sig. Zanni, Director of Promec and Signora Bisi Manager for Asia Africa and Oceania, exploring possible cooperation. They had a dinner meeting near Treviso with Dott.ssa Lucy Kuzminowa Manager of Internship and International Projects of the University Ca' Foscari of Venice. We discussed the possibility of stagers from the university coming to ICCNZ. The next morning they went on to Parma for a meeting with Dott. Andrea Zanlari, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Parma and of the Combined Chambers of Emilia-Romagna, who treated us to a beautiful lunch at the prestigious restaurant La Greppia. Pictured here L to R ICCNZ President Mario Leonti, il Dott. Zanlari and Dott.Luca De Leonardis They discussed the participation of NZ delegates to Italian Trade Fairs such as the important local fair CIBUS, of delegations to NZ with presentation and tasting of regional products, and of a Mission from the Parma Chamber headed by President Zanlari to see the country and evaluate joint projects and possible investments combining Italian high technology with NZ prime materials. They also discussed the possibility of organizing educational projects for young New Zealanders and Dott. Zanlari offered to arrange a visit to the Alma International School of Italian Cooking in Colorno. Reggia di Colorno - ALMA He also organized a very interesting visit to the SLEGA prosciutto factory in Langhirano where they were shown around by one of the owners, Sig. Massimo Borchini.
The following day they had a meeting with NZ Consul Bruce Gadd and his staff in Milano. Pictured here L to R, President Mario Leonti, NZ Consul Bruce Gadd, Nicole Tipler, Dott. Luca De Leonardis, Marcello Hinxman- Allegri and Flavia Straulino They organized a business lunch with some of the companies who had been on a Trade Mission to NZ, including Dott. Beretta of Coldiretti and Dott.ssa Magro of Agriteam. After lunch they continued our meeting at the NZ Consulate. They discussed collaborating with Dott.ssa Fara of Future Film Festival Production House and Marcello Hinxman- Allegri of NZTE. The Consul and I both expressed a strong interest in a NZ representation at the wine fair, Vin Italy, organized by ICCNZ member Verona Fiere, and agreed to cooperate on related events. In the evening they visited the Fiera del Mobile di Milano and spoke to Mr David Trubridge, Furniture& Lighting Designer and Ms Clare Mora of Essenze, marketers of NZ artists abroad. Spiral Islands Collection by David Trubridge The following day the Consul invited us to accompany him on a visit to Jeffrey Chilcott, a New Zealander and the Cellarmaster for Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy in Barbaresco for a wine tasting of some of the best wines of Piemonte and a delightful lunch. In Mondovi, Piemonte, in relation to proposed major road works in NZ, I met with Dott. Vinai of Conicos one of the largest road makers of Italy whose Company Codelfa was involved in tunnelling for the hydro works near Turangi. In May they were lucky to be pampered guests of ICCNZ member Hotel Villa Grancassa of San Donato Val di Comino, Lazio. Their hospitality was exceptional. Villa Grancassa They discussed ways to encourage New Zealanders to visit Monte Cassino, Roma and Naples from the base of their superb facilities, in tranquil surroundings near the stunning Abbruzzi Lazio e Molise National Park. They organized a meeting with Dott. Mario Papetti, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Frosinone, and members of the Council. This was followed by a meeting with Dott. Leopoldo Papetti and Dott.ssa Barbara Zorzin of the Consorzio Turistico Terre Ciociare to foster bilateral tourism.
A few days later they had a delicious lunch as guests of another ICCNZ member, Hotel Sovestro near San Gimignano, Siena. Sig. Failli, the owner, organized a meeting with Dott. Borri President of the Associazione Industriali della Provincia di Siena. After various follow up meetings in May, Dott. De Leonardis organized further meetings for me in June. They met again with the NZ Consul in Milano for further discussions on Vin Italy 2009. ICCNZ member Sig. Barbieri introduced us to a group of businessmen from Milano who are planning to invest in a permanent "Made in Italy" Exhibition Pavilion in New Zealand and have offered their existing building, Revel, in the centre of Milano to New Zealand businesses wanting to showcase their products in Europe. With Sig. Galvan they also discussed the export and distribution of electronic products in NZ. Hotel Sovestro & Ristorante Da Pode They returned to San Gimignano and Siena where they discussed projects relating to tourism and to the importation of furniture into NZ. Hotel Sovestro is interested in collaborating to promote the Province of Siena, offering their hotel as a centre for New Zealanders visiting Toscana. Our final visits were in Parma. They met with Sig. Tanzi who is interested in developing a centre of excellence in NZ for the South East Pacific, seeing the 2011 Rugby World Cup in NZ as giving it additional momentum. With President Andrea Zanlari of the Camera di Commercio di Parma they had further talks on joint projects in the near future. He brought us for a very interesting visit to the Alma cooking school. They expressed a strong interest in enrolling NZ students in their courses and invited the cooperation of ICCNZ. President Zanlari asked us to give a presentation on the activities of ICCNZ to a forum of exporters including Confindustria, Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano e Consorzio per Prosciutto di Parma. The event was a great success. Lastly, ICCNZ President met with President Ferruccio Dardanello, of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuneo, Piemonte, who was very interested in collaboration and in an investigative visit to NZ.

ICCNZ and La Bella Italia 'Sapori d'Italia' Dinner - Petone
The Council of ICCNZ and the Italian Embassy cordially invite you to join them to "Live the Italian Experience" at 6:30 pm on 3rd December 2008 at La Bella Italia in Petone.
The Italian Ambassador, HE Gioacchino Trizzino, will open the evening with a keynote speech.
We still have seats available. All you need to do is complete the booking form and send through along with your payment. Completed booking forms can be emailed to info@italchambers.co.nz or faxed to 03 961 0247 or post to: Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand, P.O. Box 253, Wellington. Price: $70.00 per person including GST, or gather a group of friends, family or colleagues together, book at table of 10 and save!
Table of 10 $650.00 including GST.
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For more information please email: info@italchambers.co.nz

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