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Simon Draper's May 2021 Update

Executive director Simon Draper reflects at some of the activities the Foundation has held or supported recently and looks ahead to what's coming up in the weeks ahead.

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Voices from Asia - NZ businesses must stay engaged

We talk to NZ's trade commissioner to Shanghai Richard Dunsheath about life in (post-Covid?) Shanghai and how the pandemic has impacted Chinese consumer behaviour and NZ businesses operating there.

Leadership / News
Communities unite to remember ancestors lost at sea

Leadership Network member Ben Matthews looks at the sinking of the SS Ventnor off the Hokianga coast in 1902, which set in motion a story of connection between local Māori and the Chinese community.

Leadership / News
Mentoring the next generation of Kiwi leaders

Leadership Network members reflected on the first year of the Mentorship programme and prepared the new cohort for the year ahead at a hui held in April.

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Cultural difference - not indifference - the key

Rugby player Tamati Ellison has spent ten years living in Japan with his wife Meremaraea and their five children. He says being Māori helped him understand and adjust to life in Japan.

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Network member's story goes full circle

At this year's Leadership Network induction, network member Wilson Chau spoke about his and his family's story of coming to New Zealand from Hong Kong and how that journey has shaped his life.

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Duality helping young Sri Lankan Kiwis shape their identities

Leadership Network member Tharak Munidasa has co-founded a platform/community aimed at helping young Sri Lankan New Zealanders navigate their dual identities.

Business / News
Intern connects with Indian IT giant

Nikhil Kumar's online internship with Indian-based global IT company Tata Consultancy Services allowed him to apply his study to a real-world work environment and also connect with his Indian heritage

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Time to shake up what it means to be a 'leader'

Leadership Network member Dayeon Lee is one year out from completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, but still finds time to volunteer time to social justice causes close to her heart.

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Simon Draper's April 2021 Update

One of the highlights for me from the past month was connecting with some 50 young people who have been through our business internship programme at a reunion in Auckland.

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Voices from Asia: Seoul during Covid

In the first of the series discussing life in Asia during Covid with Foundation Honorary Advisers, we chat with executive vice president of Korean conglomerate CJ CheilJedang, Heekyung (Jo) Min.

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Reunion connects a decade of business interns

Alumni of the Foundation’s business internship programme flew in from around the country to reconnect and reminisce at an event held at Villa Maria Estate in Auckland.

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