The New Zealand China Council forms part of the New Zealand Inc China Strategy, launched by Prime Minister John Key in February 2012. It is intended to support a key goal of the Strategy – to retain and build a strong and resilient relationship with China.
Chaired by Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon, the New Zealand China Council will support this objective by:
The Council will function as an incorporated society under the guidance of the Chair and an Executive Board. A search is currently underway for an Executive Director to help run the Council. The Executive Director, in consultation with the Executive Board, will develop a work programme to advance the Council’s objectives.
The Council’s priority activity for 2012 will be an inaugural Partnership Forum event planned for Beijing later this year, to coincide with high level visits to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China.
The full Chinese name of the Council will be:
(Xinxilan Zhongguo Guanxi Cujin Weiyuanhui)
This is just the beginning, we expect to have our full website operational early in 2013.