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Simon Draper's November 2021 executive director's update

I need to start this update by acknowledging the passing of the Foundation’s former chair John Luxton. Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane, ka tangi hotuhotu nga manu.

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Simon Draper's December 2021 Update

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koutou. Here we are, at the end of another tumultuous year. It has been a year of challenges, plan Bs, contingencies and learning to roll with the punches...

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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 August 2022 Update

It’s been a busy month since my last Executive Director’s Update, with Seriously Asia Revisited (SAR) hui in Auckland and Wellington, an Honorary Advisers meeting, business events and more.

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Simon Draper's September 2021 Update

Kia ora koutou. Kia pai, kia harikoa hoki Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. It is an important week in Aotearoa as it is a chance for us to celebrate and help revitalise this country’s indigenous language.

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Simon Draper's October 2021 Update

‘Governance’ is one of those words so often used these days that when said it can mean nothing or everything. It is, at its core, one of the key parts of any functioning organisation, hard to get righ

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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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