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Covid-19 updates: Cancellations, changes and deferments

New Zealand Fashion Week has been postponed and Alibaba Group shifts its summit online.

This year was meant to be the 20th anniversary of New Zealand Fashion Week, but instead, it’s been postponed indefinitely. An announcement from creator and managing director Dame Pieter Stewart confirms the organisers intend for the event to remain at Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square, but they’re still searching for a new date.

“We spent a lot of time debating what to do over recent weeks – we want to make the right decision to support the wonderful creative industry, designers and partners who are very close to us,” says Dame Stewart. “Individually each of them is hurting already, struggling while facing the unknown, and I am wishing each of them the best during this trying time.”

“This decision has been made with the health and welfare of all our stakeholders and participants in mind. There is no event without designers and many of them need to concentrate on their operations, not NZFW.

“I have no doubt in my mind that we will come out of this stronger – we need to look out for each other, love and care for our colleagues, and look for new ways to do things in the future.

“We’ve been talking about social responsibility issues for a while and we should use this time to stay home, breath, think deeply, listen more, be still, and reinvent.

“It’s hard to know what any business will look like post Covid-19 – but I strongly believe we can use this time to find new ways to live and work.”

In that spirit, Alibaba Group has sent its annual Australian and New Zealand summit online as a series of webinars. It’s now offering the Alibaba Virtual Summit from 24 – 26 March.

It’s made up of three sessions: 1) Ecommerce, 2) Cloud tech and 3) Payments.

“The summit acts as a how-to guide for Australian and New Zealand businesses both small and large. During the sessions, attendees will gain valuable insights including how the use of technology is changing the consumer world, particularly in light of current challenges,” says Maggie Zhou, managing director of Alibaba Group in Australia and New Zealand. 

“Businesses in both Australia and New Zealand have always been adaptable to change and willing to take advantage of new opportunities. The Alibaba Virtual Summit introduces key business solutions and helps connect organisations across various industries to help exporters, manufactures, retailers and tourism providers understand the outlook and solutions available,” she says.

Those interested can find out more here.

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