The Confucius Institute in Aucklandhe and the New Zealand China Council jointly hosted a Belt and Road Forum in Auckland on 26 October 2017.

Bringing together academics, senior business leaders and stakeholders in the NZ China relationship, the forum advanced thinking about ways for New Zealand to make a contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative. The keynote speaker was Professors Shen Dingli, associate dean of Institute of International Studies, Fudan University. Professor Shen's presentation focused on the topic, "BRI Advancing China-New Zealand Partnership", sketched the challenges and opportunities as New Zealand confronting the Belt and Road Initiative of China.

Other speakers included Professor Song Gouyou from Fudan University, NZ China Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi, Professors Paul Clark and Jenny Dixon and Senior Lecturer Jason Young from Victoria University, Colum Rice from PwC and others.