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About the council

About the Council

The New Zealand China Council is a New Zealand-led, New Zealand-funded organisation which acts as a cross-sector, peak body for the New Zealand-China relationship. The Council was established in 2012 as part of the New Zealand Government’s NZ Inc Strategy for China.  The Council’s unique value proposition derives from its role in bringing together a high-level influential group of key players in the relationship and in leveraging their influence and networks in support of deeper, stronger and more resilient links between New Zealand and China.



The Council operates as an incorporated society, governed by an Executive Board and managed by the Executive Director.  The Executive Board meets at least four times a year to oversee and direct the Council’s operations.  The Chairman is elected by members of the Executive Board.  The Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise are both ex officio members of the Executive Board.  To focus its efforts the Council has adopted a three year strategic plan which can be accessed here.  The Council’s Advisory Board brings together a wider group of individuals and organisations active in the NZ/China relationship to provide advice, support and funding for the Council’s work programme.



The Council receives approximately two thirds of its operational funding from the New Zealand Government through an annual grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The balance of funding is received from individual and corporate members of the Council’s Executive and Advisory Boards.


Annual reports

Copies of recent annual reports of the Council may be found at the links below:

2014 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

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