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Simon Draper's February 2023 Update

Last year saw Foundation staff travelling to Asia for the first time since the onset of Covid – to reconnect with partner organisations and explore new collaborations and opportunities in the region.

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Simon Draper's December 2022 Update

The Foundation's executive director Simon Draper looks back on the year that's been and reflects on some of the key activities the Foundation has held and supported over the year.

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Simon Draper's November 2022 Update

Executive director Simon Draper looks back on the month that's been, including travelling to Vietnam as part of the Prime Minister' delegation and briefing the PM on Seriously Asia Revisited.

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Simon Draper's October 2022 update

The past couple of weeks have felt like a turning point here at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, with an array of domestic events and a sense of renewed energy in New Zealand-Asia relationships.

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Simon Draper's September 2022 Update

It is always a reflective time when someone who has been a seemingly permanent fixture in your life passes on. For many New Zealanders the Queen in Right of New Zealand was such a permanence.

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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 July 2022 Update

Executive director Simon Draper looks at how the Foundation's latest Perceptions of Asia survey has been received and reported on and reflects on completing a month of te reo language training.

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Simon Draper's May 2022 Update

Last week’s government announcement that New Zealand boarders would be fully reopening to international visitors by the end of July will, no doubt, have been received with a sigh of relief by many.

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Simon Draper's March 2022 Update

Since my last update, we've welcomed nine new New Zealand Honorary Advisers to the team and said goodbye to a departing cohort.

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Simon Draper's April 2022 Update

There’s no better way to gauge the mood of a nation than to talk to well-connected people on the ground who understand the country intimately.

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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 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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