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Simon Draper's
February 2018 update

Xin nian kuai le! Happy Lunar New Year! Two weeks into the Year of the Dog and the Year of the Monkey is now just a distant memory.

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Simon Draper's December 2016 Update

I have just returned from our Track II (non-official diplomacy) dialogues in two of our current priority countries, Thailand and South Korea, both of which are grappling with significant change.

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Simon Draper's February 2017 update

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Simon Draper's February 2020 update

It would be fair to say that the novel coronavirus – now named Covid-19 – has been making our work at the Asia New Zealand Foundation a bit more challenging.

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Simon Draper's May 2020 update

With the country now at level 2 and most days seeing no new cases of COVID-19 reported, things have begun to return to something more closely resembling life before the virus.

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Simon Draper's December Update

It’s hard to believe another year is almost over. Looking back over the activities the Foundation has delivered or supported, and people and organisations we have been involved with, it amazes me how

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Simon Draper's
June 2018 update

At the start of the month, at the invitation of Singapore Defence Minister and Asia New Zealand Foundation Honorary Adviser Dr Ng Eng Hen, Foundation Chairman Hon John Luxton and I attended the Shangr

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Simon Draper's
April 2018 update

By the time this newsletter goes out, I will be in New Delhi for a Track II (informal diplomacy) dialogue the Foundation is leading in partnership with the New Zealand India Research Institute.

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Simon Draper's July 2021 Update

Executive director Simon Draper reflects on his visit to Australia to meet with partner organisations of the Foundation and touches on some of the latest developments for the education programme.

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Simon Draper's July 2020 Update

Over recent weeks, we have seen a surge in discussions, be they webinars, round tables or conferences, looking at New Zealand’s connections to Asia and how we can strengthen them.

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Simon Draper's July 2019 Update

We launched our Perceptions of Asia report this week, a survey that has tracked the way New Zealanders view Asia and its peoples for more than 20 years. It’s fair to say that since the first survey wa

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Simon Draper's
May 2018 update

By the time this update is published, I’ll be half way to Singapore where I’ll be spending two days engaged in security and defence discussions at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, and then it’s o

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