About us

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation dedicated to building New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Asia.

Established in 1994, the Foundation is a partnership between the public and the private sector.

As the leading non-government organisation on Asia-New Zealand relations we work in five main areas – business, arts and culture, education, media and research. In addition, we run a Young Leaders Network and take a lead role in track II (informal diplomacy) bilateral and multilateral dialogues in the Asia-Pacific.

Our programmes enable scholarships, seminars, internships, educational support, special events and exchanges, track II diplomacy, in-house and commissioned research - all designed to equip New Zealanders with firsthand experience of Asia and to forge valuable links to the region.

Our experienced staff develop initiatives and form partnerships with a wide range of groups within New Zealand and throughout the Asian region.

The Foundation is overseen by a top-level board of trustees drawn from business, community, academic and leadership backgrounds. Our board of honorary advisers is made up of distinguished public figures from throughout the Asian region.

2011-12 Annual Report Graphic


Browse or download our annual reports, trust deed, terms of reference and board charter.


20th Anniversary celebrations

This year we're celebrating our work over the past 20 years and running a series of special events to coincide with our anniversary