IT WAS among the highlights of the year as the Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (MNZCC) held its silver jubilee celebration and New Zealand Annual Dinner and Dance 2017 in a purely Kiwi fashion.
Great food, drink and fun was the theme of the night as some 600 guests danced the night away at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.
Guests of honour included New Zealand High Commissio-ner to Malaysia Dr John Subritzky.
For many, the event mainly acted as a platform to network and reconnect with old friends.
MNZCC chairman Bruce Hope said the past 25 years had seen significant improvement in trade links between New Zealand and Malaysia.
“A reflection of this long-standing partnership is the New Zealand-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement which entered into force in 2010.
“Education has also played a strong part in relationship-building. Each year, more than 3,000 Malaysians study in New Zealand.
“They get to experience New Zealand and then come back to Malaysia bringing that connection already,” he said.
It was not all business though as some of the country’s best musicians took the stage to entertain guests.
Headlining the night was The Lady Killers comprising Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke, with guest artiste Annie Crummer and keyboardist Stephen Small. Clarke was also the emcee for the day.
There was also a fashion show and lucky draw.
Guests were feted to a four-course dinner comprising some of New Zealand’s finest foods, including a special tuna carving segment.