An extraordinary evening unfolded in San Francisco in the famed Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Club on October 7, 2015. Hosts Leigh and David Teece brought New Zealand to San Francisco and San Francisco to New Zealand as a prelude to new Pacific friendships and partnerships. The ballroom was filled to capacity with over 300 by-invitation-only guests who experienced authentic Maori dancers, internationally recognized opera singer Hadleigh Adams, and spectacular chef-inspired creations. Following the multi-course dinner, an impressive panel of invited intellectuals discussed:
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could transform New Zealand into a free trade launching pad for the Pacific Basin.
- The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement, a powerful engine for engagement since 2008.
- Science and technology-based development, combining to create trade opportunities in a land where the quality of life is second to none.
- Christchurch and UC’s post-earthquake renovation, which is by far one of the largest and most aggressive urban-renewal projects ongoing in the world today.
- The visual and performing arts in New Zealand, gaining acclaim throughout the Pacific and beyond.