The Asia New Zealand Foundation is New Zealand's leading non-government authority on Asia.
They are a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, set up in 1994 to build New Zealanders' knowledge and understanding of Asia. They rely on a mix of public, philanthropic and corporate funding.
With 20 staff in Auckland and Wellington, the Foundation is overseen by a board of trustees drawn from business, community, academic and leadership backgrounds.
They are 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.
Their activities cover more than 20 countries in Asia and are delivered through seven programmes.
Arts and culture
They support and organise Asia-related events and festivals, and offer artists professional development opportunities in Asia.
They offer seminars, internships and networking opportunities to inform and connect New Zealand business leaders and graduates with the Asia region.
They provide information, resources and professional development to teachers and principals so they can equip their students for future opportunities in Asia.
They provide professional development and leadership opportunities to young professionals to support them in taking an active role in strengthening New Zealand’s relations with Asia.
They support New Zealand journalists in learning more about Asia by providing travel grants, internships and access to Asia-related forums and speakers.
They commission social, economic and education research to encourage public debate and help policy-makers informed decisions about New Zealand’s engagement with Asia.
They lead dialogues on strategic, regional and security issues with think tanks, universities and counterpart organisation in Asia.