25 Foundation moments


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1994: Launch of Asia 2000 Foundation

The Asia 2000 Foundation was born out of a thoughtful mid-air discussion between two government ministers... (Click to read more)

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Early days: Media Programme

Getting the media onboard with the Asia 2000 mission was a top priority...(Click to read more)

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Early days: Culture Programme

As time went on cultural activities increasingly became the public face of the Foundation...(Click to read more)

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Early days: Education Programme

In 1994 teachers in New Zealand openly admitted that they felt ill equipped to teach Asian studies...(Click to read more)

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Early days: Business Programme

Asia was still an afterthought for many New Zealand businesses in the mid-1990s and the business programme set out to change this...(Click to read more)

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Early days: Public Affairs Programme

In 1995 a fourth programme, public affairs, was added to Asia 2000’s portfolio to ensure better public understanding of the Foundation’s message...(Click to read more)

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Great Asian Cook Off

The inaugural Great Asian Cook Off sponsored by New Zealand Beef and Lamb was held as part of Asia 2000’s second national Festival of Asia in 1999...(Click to read more)

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Chinese New Year Lantern Festivals

The first Auckland Lantern Festival was staged in Albert Park in 2000, the auspicious Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac...(Click to read more)

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New name, new look

As the year 2000 approached, so did the question of the Foundation’s future...(Click to read more)

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Arts

In 2017, following another review, the renamed Arts Programme adjusted its focus to “bringing Asia into the mainstream of New Zealand art”...(Click to read more)

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Research: Telling it like it is

New Zealand was starting from a  low base in its collective knowledge of Asia and timely, well researched information was essential...(Click to read more)

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Diwali Festival of Lights

The Diwali Festival of Lights was established in 2002 following the success of the Lantern Festival...(Click to read more)

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Seriously Asia

In 2003 Asia 2000, initiated a Seriously Asia project to examine how New Zealand could strengthen its relations with Asia...(Click to read more)

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Leadership Network

Launched in November 2006, the Young Leaders Network was a bold investment in the future...(Click to read more)

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Action Asia

The Foundation’s Action Asia two-day business summit was modelled on the Seriously Asia forum of 2003...(Click to read more)

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Asian Angst

In 2007 the Asia New Zealand Foundation and others complained to the Press Council about a cover story on Asian immigration and crime...(Click to read more)

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Wellington’s Southeast Asian Night Market and Japan Festival

The idea of the festivals was to create a magical atmosphere drawing on all the excitement, energy, variety, colour and spicy aromas of a typical SE Asian night market...(Click to read more)

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Crescent Moon

Following the September 11 attacks, Muslims found themselves the object of often ill-informed suspicion throughout the Western world...(Click to read more)

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Focus on business

Preparing young New Zealanders for an economic future in Asia has long been a priority for the Foundation...(Click to read more)

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Track II – Growing the ‘gene-pool’

In the words of Leadership Network member Alice Wang, diplomacy is like an onion, with many layers...(Click to read more)

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Young Business Leaders Initiative (YBLI) and entrepreneurship

From the outset the YBLI programme proved successful, resulting in numerous partnerships, deals and joint ventures...(Click to read more)

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Education: From Asia Aware to Think Asia

The Foundation’s involvement with schools expanded from the late 1990s...(Click to read more)

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Asia Media Centre

The Asia Media Centre launched in September 2017 to help improve the breadth and depth of coverage of Asian issues in the New Zealand media...(Click to read more)

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Māori engagement – strong connections

For its 25th anniversary year in 2019 the Foundation sought and was gifted its Māori name -- Te Whītau Tūhono...(Click to read more)

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Sports

The new Sports programme officially launched in 2018 after the Foundation conducted research into where and how it might most usefully focus its work...(Click to read more)