Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Free Trade with North Asia

Guest Speaker: Charles Finny
CEO, Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Event Date: Tuesday 19th July 2005
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Hong Kong Shanghai Bank
The Board Room, Level 25, HSBC Tower, 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Charles Finny

Charles joined the Chamber with 22 years experience in international trade, economics and diplomacy. His particular areas of expertise are China, Asia generally, and international trade law. He headed the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei from 2001 to 2004; the Government’s China FTA Task Force through 2004; and had previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, and First secretary at the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore. Charles helped negotiate several generations of the CER agreements with Australia and the New Zealand Singapore Closer Economic Partnership. He also has considerable expertise in WTO and APEC affairs. Charles Chaired the APEC Budget and Management Committee in 2000 and was the Trade Policy Adviser to the APEC Chair in 1999.

Wellington has been home base all of Charles’ life. He is also graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.

Charles has an active interest in small and medium sized enterprises and the challenges confronting these. He and his wife Wendy Hinton have successfully developed their own export business – Kawarau Estate in Central Otago. The winery produces a range of award winning wine, focussing particularly on Pinot Noir. The wines are exported to the United States, United kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea.

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