About the research programme


Our research programme commissions studies that support informed public conversations about New Zealand’s relationship with Asia. We also support the next generation of scholars through our postgraduate research grants.

The Foundation commissions three to four pieces of research each year.  These reports vary in focus and scale, depending on what is happening in New Zealand’s relationship with Asia. 

Our aim is to generate research which is useful, relevant and authoritative for our stakeholders, and beyond.  We want to support conversations about the New Zealand-Asia relationship that are more informed and frequent, in part driven by our research and outreach.

The data generated by our research (particularly the attitudinal surveys we commission) also supports and guides the wider work of the Foundation – we aim to be data-driven in our work.  

Perceptions of Asia reports

The centerpiece of our research programme is our annual survey on New Zealanders’ perceptions of Asia and Asian peoples.  This has been running for over two decades and provides a unique longitudinal data set.

Postgraduate research grants

The Foundation supports talented postgraduate students to conduct research into contemporary issues in the Asian region.  Our Postgraduate Research Grants are aimed at encouraging new research that will in turn promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand, with implications for foreign and trade/economic policy.