ITALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN NEW ZEALAND Inc.
Newsletter 1st quarter 2003
At the conclusion of the first quarter of the current year, it is considered
opportune to forward this first newsletter to all the members of the Italian
Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (ICCNZ), also as a way of thanking
them for their support and trust shown in this Chamber and also to inform
them on both the initiatives so far undertaken and of those presently being
Having successfully overcome the by now well-known problems (which
dragged on last year), also requiring the intervention of the High Court in
Wellington, last February the Chamber held its Annual General Meeting
a) Approved the President’s 2002 Annual Report;
b) Elected the Board of Directors;
c) Re-elected Mr. Felice Di Napoli as President;
d) Appointed Vice Presidents Mr. Alastair Bridge and Mr. Remiro Bresolin;
e) Re-elected Mr. Mario Pilotti as Treasurer.
The Chamber has registered a new impetus both in the development of its
institutional activities (promotional, information, assistance to operators) and
in nw mamberships. As to this latter point the number of commercial entities
currently enrolled as members are forty; in this quarter in Italian-New Zealand
economic and business terms, important new memberships have been
received, and specifically:
-) William Aitken – importer and distributor of “Lupi” products – olive oil and
-) Eurobike Wholesale Ltd. – importer and distributor of Italian motorbikes
and accessories since 1987.
-) Whisper Tech. Ltd. – Developer and manufacturer of micro-combined heat
and power systems.
-) BBA Profreight Lt. – International transport.
-) MATISSE International Furniture – importer and distributor of high design
house, office and hospitality industry furniture.
-) ZESPRI International Ltd. – One of the most important, if not the most
important New Zealand company in the kiwi fruit export market with
about two billion dollars of kiwifruit production in sixty countries.
-) Last but not least Europacific Foods Ltd. - foremost company in the
importation and distrbution of food products.
These companies follow on from other important firms such as – Mapei
International Ltd,, Parex Industries Ltd. (with De’ Longhi products); Alitalia
Airlines (Official Italian airline carrier), Continental Car Service and Ateco
(with FIAT and Alfa Romeo cars production); Accord International Freight
(with Albini-Pitigliani, one of the most relevant Italian company in transport
around the world), etc. which already honour our Chamber with their
These memberships, which are included on confirmation of their applications,
go to show that the ICCNZ is seen in a positive light by the private sector as
much as by certain circles of the New Zealand public sector.
This way already made known to us at the time of the “Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Seminar”organised in Auckland last November, and confirmed recently with
the event organised on the occasion of the visit to Wellington of the Italian
Navy training vessel the “Amerigo Vespucci” and the Italian Festival. To this
end it is important to note the vital contribution of certain firms, members of
the Chamber of Commerce, without whose support and contribution in honour
of the Vespcci this event could not have been organised. Sincere thanks are
extended to: Il Casino Restaurant, La Bella Italia Distributors Ltd and La
Felicita Enterprises Ltd.
At the next monthly meeting of the Board of Directors – at the end of May –
the final version of the Chamber’s Constitution will be presented, having been
drafted by the “ad hoc” committee made up of Mr. Alastair Bridge (Kapiti
Olives Ltd.), Mr. John Bryce (Chartered Accountant and Honorary Member)
and Mr. Mike Pilawa (Accord International Freight Ltd.) after examining the
Constitutions of other Italian Chamber of Commerce abroad.
Currently steps are being taken to organise a promotional event in Auckland
next October, over two days, which will see the participation of New Zealand
companies – members and non-members of the Chamber of Commerce –
with connections to Italian industries.
The ICCNZ will keep its members informed of future developments of this
event and in the meantime invites any suggestions from its members on how
to ensure the success of this initiative.
Thank you and our best regards.
Ing. Felice Di Napoli