Kea and ATEED form global strategic alliance

ATEED has signed a two-year strategic alliance with Kea, New Zealand’s borderless nation, which reflects the two organisations’ mutual objectives and strengths in an increasingly global marketplace.

Through the two-year corporate partnership agreement from 1 July 2016, ATEED is Kea’s Global Economic Development Partner.

Kea, which has a community size exceeding half a million,  has a family of six global partners, each with a specific strategic purpose.

The organisations will work together to make high-impact connections that continue to grow New Zealand’s economy, pursuing opportunites for marketing Auckland’s advanced industries, and holding member-based events in strategic markets. They also see the high-value tourism market and major events promotion – such as World Masters Games 2017 to be held in Auckland – as important synergies.

In an aligned move, Kea will base its New Zealand operation to ATEED’s offices in Quay St Auckland, where the collaboration will be helped further by a naturally organic co-working environment – particularly with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the same building.

Brett O’Riley, ATEED Chief Executive, says the partnership with Kea makes great strategic sense for an organisation which is founded on the principle of collaboration: “We believe connecting more formally with Keas talented community across the globe will allow us to tap into their wealth of connections which can help Auckland companies expand internationally.

“Kea has members in all of our key markets, particularly China, the West Coast of the US and Australia. Kea’s connections in Guangzhou and Los Angeles will be invaluable as we continue to build momentum in the Tripartite Economic Alliance off the back of last month’s hugely successful summit in Auckland.”

Kea’s Global CEO Craig Donaldson says he is delighted to partner with ATEED, which shares its passion for helping New Zealand businesses further their goals.

“New Zealand’s diaspora is estimated at 1 million people. Kea’s research has shown more than 50 per cent of our expats actively consider returning home to live in New Zealand, and the majority of those consider Auckland the best bet for their future,” Craig Donaldson says.

“Kea’s strategic partnership with ATEED enables us to leverage our vast community with globally-minded Kiwis and connect those considering returning to New Zealand with world-class opportunities in Auckland.”

Under the agreement, ATEED has become a ‘Premium Partner’ in the World Class New Zealand awards,  New Zealand’s most prestigious individual achievement awards which recognise inspirational, world-leading Kiwis who make outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development. The latest awards were announced on 16 June and the winners can be found here.

Auckland has a skills shortage in some of its key growth sectors, including advanced industries such as engineering, science and construction, and ATEED has programmes to attract talented Kiwis home to fill those roles.

Brett O’Riley says: “We’ll be able to keep Kea members informed about our programmes and will welcome them home to a place where we are helping to generate high-value jobs, and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship where they want to live, work and maybe start their own business.”