Cultivating Collaboration: South East Asian Ambassadors Unite at Fieldays articles


8 Jul 2023

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Stace Hammond was pleased to assist with a significant event on the 15th of June 2023 at the National Fieldays held in Hamilton. Through the collaborative efforts of Stace Hammond barrister Dave Ananth, in his capacity as President of the New Zealand Malaysia Business Association (NZMBA) and his team, Stace Hammond Partners Patrick Wilson and Paul Connolly, along with adviser Stuart Chapman of PinnacleAG, renowned for his long-standing  expertise and contributions in the NZ agricultural industry, we successfully facilitated the visit of a distinguished South East Asian ambassadorial entourage to this prominent and largest agricultural exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.

FRONT L-R: Roshidah Mangnall (NZMBA Treasurer), Pam Louis (NZMBA Secretary) Salwa Kamarzaman (Malaysian High Commission), Maheran Zahari, Consul for the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) in Sydney, High Commissioner Mazita Marzuki (Malaysia High Commission), Ambassador Felicidade Guterres (Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste), Ambassador Waravuth Pouapinya (Royal Thai Embassy), First Secretary Ligia Pinto (Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste), Counselor Vee Chansa-Ngavej (Royal Thai Embassy). BACK L-R: Stuart Chapman (Pinnacle AG Director), Paul Connolly (Stace Hammond Partner), Afif Asroid (Auckland Malaysian Liasion Bureau), Patrick Wilson (Stace Hammond Managing Partner), Tim Heeley (Tropical Dairy Group CEO ), Dave Ananth (NZMBA President), Voramanee Tothum (Consul Group representative for Thailand)

The ambassadorial entourage, comprised of esteemed dignitaries:  Her Excellency Ms. Mazita Marzuki the Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Ms. Felicidade de Sousa Guterres the Timor Leste Ambassador to New Zealand, and His Excellency Mr. Waravuth Pouapinya the Thailand Ambassador to New Zealand.   Their distinguished presence aptly showcased the remarkable potential for collaboration and investment in New Zealand and their respective countries. It not only highlighted the global appeal of New Zealand’s pioneering agricultural innovations but also established a solid foundation for mutually advantageous partnerships to spur economic growth or mutual benefit .

Stace Hammond’s extensive network and deep connections within the NZ agribusiness community, combined with NZMBA’s strong ties to the ethnic business community in New Zealand and foreign government links, were pivotal in making mutually beneficial business connections for a number of New Zealand companies. 

Fieldays served as an ideal backdrop to showcase New Zealand’s cutting-edge agricultural innovations to these influential figures from Southeast Asia. The entourage had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the latest advancements, engage with industry leaders, and explore avenues for partnership and investment.

This momentous event underscores the potential for fruitful collaborations and strengthens the bonds between our nations. By connecting leaders in NZ agribusiness with influential figures from Southeast Asia, we fostered an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and expertise.

At Stace Hammond Lawyers, we firmly believe in the power of collaboration, cultural exchange, and global partnerships. This event has further reinforced our commitment to promoting international cooperation and driving economic prosperity.

We are excited about the future possibilities that lie ahead as a result of this successful endeavor. The connections forged during this event will undoubtedly lay the foundation for stronger economic ties and synergistic partnerships between New Zealand and the nations of Southeast Asia.

Together, we can unlock endless opportunities for growth, innovation, and sustainable development in the agribusiness sector.

Malaysian High Commissioner Mazita Marzuki (centre); flanked on her left by Maheran Zahari, Consul for the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) in Sydney and (far-left) Salwa Kamarzaman, Counsellor from the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington. On the far right are both, Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities and Dave Ananth, NZMBA President and Special Counsel for Stace Hammond Lawyers.
Trade and Agriculture Minister, Hon. Damien O’Connor, with Dave Ananth, NZMBA President.
Sir William Gallagher, Chairman of Gallagher Group (centre) with the diplomatic corps: Royal Thai Ambassador Waravuth Pouapinya and Counsellor Vee Chansa-Ngavej; Malaysian High Commissioner Mazita Marzuki, Timor Leste Ambassador Felicidade Guterres and First Secretary Ligia Pinto.
Malaysian High Commissioner Mazita, Royal Thai Ambassador Waravuth and Timor-Leste Ambassador Felicidade with former NZ Prime Minister, Bill English.
NZ genetics company, Tropical Dairy Group, and refrigeration and thermal energy storage systems company, Coolsense, presenting to the diplomatic corps from Malaysia, Thailand and Timor-Leste

About the Authors

Dave Ananth

Special Counsel

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia,...


Patrick Wilson

Managing Partner

As Stace Hammond’s Managing Partner I have wide experience in providing legal advice to the corporate and commercial sector on business and finance legal issues. ...

Patrick Wilsons


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