Our core areas of work are in the arts, business, education, media, research, Track II informal diplomacy, leadership, entrepreneurship and sports.
The Foundation’s activities cover more than 20 countries in Asia and are delivered through a range of programmes:
Our Arts programme aims to bring Asian art into the mainstream of New Zealand culture, while supporting local practitioners to grow their understanding of Asia and make industry connections in the region.
Our Business programme supports New Zealand companies to better understand Asia. It also helps develop the next generation of Asia-savvy graduates through our internship programme.
Our education programme provides New Zealand educators with knowledge, resources and experiences to equip their students to thrive in Asia.
Our Entrepreneurship programme supports leading entrepreneurs in New Zealand to build connections and facilitate business relationships in Asia.
The Leadership Network is a global professional network at the forefront of maintaining and developing strong links between Asia and New Zealand.
Our media programme helps New Zealand journalists cover stories that shed light on Asia and on New Zealand’s ties to the region.
Our research programme commissions research that supports informed public conversations about New Zealand’s relationship with Asia.
Track II diplomacy
We support informal diplomacy with thinktanks in Asia on issues and challenges facing the region
Our sport programme funds cultural activities for teams and individuals visiting Japan for sporting activities.