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19 Aug 2013

Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is New Zealand's leading non-government authority on Asia. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, set up in 1994 to build New Zealanders' knowledge and understanding of Asia.

With 20 staff in Auckland and Wellington, the Foundation is overseen by a board of trustees drawn from business, community, academic and leadership backgrounds.

The Foundation is supported by a panel of honorary advisers from across Asia. This group comprises leading academics, businesspeople and current and former politicians and diplomats. The Foundation works in partnership with influential individuals and organisations in New Zealand and Asia to provide high-level forums, culture events, international collaborations, school programmes and professional development opportunities.

Its activities cover more than 20 countries in Asia and are delivered through seven programmes:

The Foundation supports and organises Asia-related events and festivals, and offer artists professional development opportunities in Asia.

The Foundation offers seminars, internships and networking opportunities to inform and connect New Zealand business leaders and graduates with the Asia region.

The Foundation provides information, resources and professional development to teachers and principals so they can equip their students for future opportunities in Asia.

The Foundation provides professional development and leadership opportunities to young professionals to support them in taking an active role in strengthening New Zealand’s relations with Asia.

The Foundation supports New Zealand journalists in learning more about Asia by providing travel grants, internships and access to Asia-related forums and speakers.

The Foundation commissions social, economic and education research to encourage public debate and help policy-makers informed decisions about New Zealand’s engagement with Asia.

The Foundation leads dialogues on strategic, regional and security issues with think tanks, universities and counterpart organisation in Asia.