Asia New Zealand Foundation welcomes new board members

Media Release, April 2010

The Asia New Zealand Foundation Chair Philip Burdon has welcomed new appointments to its board by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Murray McCully.

Mr McCully has confirmed the appointment of Sir Don McKinnon, Peter Chin, Trish Carter, David Rishworth, Jim van der Poel, and MPs Melissa Lee and Raymond Huo to the 21-strong board.

Mr Burdon also welcomed the Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen to the foundation’s board as an ex-officio appointment.

Sir Donald served as Commonwealth Secretary-General from 2000 to 2008. He is a former government minister who in 1994, with Philip Burdon, established the Asia New Zealand Foundation (then known as the Asia 2000 Foundation).

Peter Chin has been Mayor of Dunedin since 2004. He is a lawyer and former Dunedin City Councillor and descended from one of the city’s earliest Chinese families. 

Trish Carter was founding editor and bureau chief for Al Jazeera English based in Kuala Lumpur. She has held senior news and current affairs management positions in New Zealand.

David Rishworth is a barrister, solicitor and notary public in Auckland.  For 27 years he was a partner and then consultant with law firm Bell Gully.

Jim van der Poel has been a director of Fonterra since 2002 and has been the recipient of a number of dairy industry awards.

Melissa Lee was elected as a list MP for the National Party in the 2008 election and is currently a member of the Commerce and Law and Order committees.

Raymond Huo has worked as a lawyer and journalist. He was also elected in 2008 as a list MP for the Labour Party and sits on the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

The board consists of up to 21 members and currently includes representatives of the private sector, government and social interests.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is a non-profit, non-political organisation dedicated to building New Zealand’s links with Asia in business, culture, education and media.


Charles Mabbett
Media Adviser