Field notes

The Asia New Zealand Foundation provides grants and internships to help journalists undertake assignments and work placements throughout Asia. The goal of these programmes is to improve the quality and quantity of Asian news coverage in the New Zealand media.

Read some of the stories from our grant recipients and interns.

Reporter Rachel Graham recounts her trip to Japan to report on how the country deals with natural disasters

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Eva Corlett standing in front of stone forms at Borobudur temple in central Java, Indonesia

Journalist Eva Corlett tackles hard-hitting stories at the Jakarta Globe

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Paul Gorman standing in the snow outside the Sapporo Beer Museum

Snapshots of Japan from The Press journalist Paul Gorman 

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Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel talking to reporters in a stadium in China

Journalist Tina Law spent nine days in China looking into whether there is value for money when Kiwi officials travel off shore

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A wall of messages supporting democracy in Hong Kong

International New York Times intern Siobhan Downes reported from Hong Kong during the 2014 democracy protests

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Pushkar India

BusinessDesk journalist Pattrick Smellie accompanied a NZ trade mission to India and gained insight into the potential for growth in the relationship

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Children at a NZ-funded hygiene education programme in a displaced persons camp, Tacloban

Journalist Tess McClure investigated topical issues such as migrant worker exploitation as a Philippine Star intern

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Andrea Vance in Yangon, Myanmar

New Zealand reporter of the year Andrea Vance chats about her experiences in Asia and picks future issues

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Cheap solar lighting from Pollinate Energy means that poorer children can now study at home

Vomle Springford's stint in India was all about covering topical stories through the eyes of the locals   

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Boris Jancic in Shanghai

Journalist Boris Jancic got the chance to compare the business reporting environments in NZ and China while on a Shanghai Daily internship

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The Jakarta Globe newsroom during the announcement by PDI-P leader that Joko Widodo had won the 2014 presidential election

Auckland journalist Harry Pearl's two-month internship at the Jakarta Globe coincided with Indonesia's presidential elections

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Aimee Gulliver in front of a wall of messages for passengers on flight MH370

The nature of Aimee Gulliver’s internship at news website Malaysiakini changed drastically when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared

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