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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 October 2019 update

Kia ora koutou. Since last month's update I've spent a fair bit of time on the road - first up was our annual ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) dialogue in Kuala Lumpur, organised with partners AsiaL

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Simon Draper's
May 2019 Update

Executive director Simon Draper writes about what has been happening over the last month, and what we can look forward to in May.

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Simon Draper's October 2017 update

No doubt everyone's minds are still on last night's political events, so I'm willing to accept my update this month may not be the topic du jour of watercooler conversations. Despite this, I'm happy t

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Simon Draper's March 2021 Update

Simon Draper looks back on some of the events of March and how they impacted the Foundation and its work. He also looks forward to the month ahead.

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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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Simon Draper's August 2020 Update

Hear from executive director Simon Draper's about what's been happening at the Foundation in August and his take on some of the big issues impacting New Zealand's relationships with Asia.

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Simon Draper's November 2020 Update

I recently read an article that described how COVID had changed people’s perceptions of time. Twitter jokes during lockdown like “What a year this week has been” or the introduction of ‘Blursday’ int

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Simon Draper's June 2020 update

Staff at the Foundation are now all back in the office, having reversed the process that took place three months ago when computers and monitors were lugged home and bedroom offices established.

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