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Covert and Carter - why the U.S. is a great option for Kiwi entrepreneurs to look to for business opportunities.

Covert and Carter - why the U.S. is a great option for Kiwi entrepreneurs to look to for business opportunities.

November 14, 2019

Deputy Chief of Mission, Kevin Covert, had a conversation with Political/Economic Officer, Nathan Carter, on why the U.S. is a great option for Kiwi entrepreneurs to look to for business opportunities. Covert and Carter briefly touch on the E-1 and E-2 Visas for business (and give examples of successful applicants), and the SelectUSA Investment Summit - what it is, and how Kiwi businesses can be involved.

What are E-1 and E-2 visas?

Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas are for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation, including New Zealand.

To find out if your business qualifies, what you need to apply, and how to apply, visit our overview page here.

SelectUSA Investment Summit – what is it all about?

Visit the Mission website to understand what the SelectUSA Summit is, and hear from two New Zealanders who traveled as part of U.S. Ambassador Brown’s delegation to SelectUSA Summit 2019.

The 2019 New Zealand delegates with U.S. Ambassador Brown (Melissa to the right of the Ambassador, Roman to the right of Melissa). Photo credit: Department of State.

Did you know...

  • In 2018 U.S. companies invested NZ$7.4 billion in New Zealand;
  • There are over 300 U.S. companies with subsidiary branches in New Zealand;
  • New Zealand companies are responsible for creating more than 30,000 jobs in the United States;
  • We are seeing tremendous partnerships in the tech sector and the space sector in particular with Rocket Lab and LeoLabs;
  • For Kiwi businesses, connecting to the US markets provides access to 330 million new customers as well as serving as a natural launching point for Canada and South America;
  • Air-links are increasing with a recent direct route to Chicago added and a new direct route to New York beginning soon;
  • U.S. tourism to New Zealand has grown by 9% this year with nearly 370,000 visitors and accounting for NZ$1.38 billion;
  • We see a range of successful U.S. franchises in New Zealand. We encourage Kiwi entrepreneurs to attend an International Franchise Expo (IFE) held in a few U.S. cities each year.  They are a great way to learn about franchise opportunities to bring back to New Zealand.

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Film Producer, Mark Ordesky, talks with Mike at Creative Futures.

Film Producer, Mark Ordesky, talks with Mike at Creative Futures.

November 14, 2019

In 2019, the Embassy was proud to support Miramar Creative’s Creative Futures conference – the two-day event offered insights into new technologies and demonstrated their application to creativity, business and our future daily lives.

One of the U.S. speakers at Creative Futures was Mark Ordesky - Partner & Producer, Court Five. Mark Ordesky is an American film and television producer and former Hollywood studio executive.

He’s probably best known for executive producing the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy – during which Mark spent the better part of five years in New Zealand supporting his friend Peter Jackson’s historic vision. But Mark was already no stranger to championing New Zealand filmmakers, having acquired US distribution rights to Once Were Warriors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

DCM Kevin with 🇺🇸 Mark Ordesky (Partner & Producer, Court Five). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State

(pictured: DCM Kevin with Mark Ordesky (Partner & Producer, Court Five). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.)

Currently, Mark co-runs his independent production company, Court Five, with fellow New Line veteran Jane Fleming – fashioning independent film and TV content for Hollywood studios and broadcasters, as well as global streamers like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon. 

Mike C from the Embassy caught up with Mark while he was in Wellington at the Creative Futures conference...

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NASA astronaut Anna Fisher in New Zealand

NASA astronaut Anna Fisher in New Zealand

November 14, 2019

"Hello everybody and welcome back to another podcast from the U.S. Embassy. My name is Ted Danowitz and I am based at our Consulate in Auckland where I cover the U.S. - New Zealand space policy. Outside of my day job I am also NASA aficionado and space camp alum which is why I'm especially glad to welcome with us today Doctor Anna Fisher, NASA astronaut, who is in New Zealand to share her experience working with NASA, going into space, and promoting women into stem fields, so welcome Doctor Fisher."


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Professor Margaret Maile Petty talks to Mike at Creative Futures

Professor Margaret Maile Petty talks to Mike at Creative Futures

November 14, 2019

In 2019, the Embassy was proud to support Miramar Creative’s Creative Futures conference – the two-day event offered insights into new technologies and demonstrated their application to creativity, business and our future daily lives.

One of the U.S. speakers at Creative Futures was Professor Margaret Maile Petty - Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney. Margaret has served in a series of academic leadership roles in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, where she has developed and managed a wide spectrum of impactful programmes and initiatives primarily focused on design and innovation.

DCM Kevin with 🇺🇸 Professor Margaret Maile Petty (Executive Director Innovation And Entrepreneurship, University Of Technology, Sydney), and 🇺🇸 Jason Hintz Llopis (Digital Innovation Producer – Walt Disney Parks, Experience And Products). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

(Pictured: DCM Kevin with 🇺🇸 Professor Margaret Maile Petty (Executive Director Innovation And Entrepreneurship, University Of Technology, Sydney), and 🇺🇸 Jason Hintz Llopis (Digital Innovation Producer – Walt Disney Parks, Experience And Products). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.)

This focus has also allowed Margaret to develop and explore new approaches to the creation and scaling of student entrepreneurship, and the role of universities in supporting and driving innovation ecosystems.

Originally trained as a design historian, Margaret continues to research, speak and publish on topics broadly investigating the politics and production of the modern built environment.

Mike C from the Embassy caught up with Margaret while she was in Wellington at the Creative Futures reception...

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