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Securing NZ Interest In A Strong Bilateral Relationship With The US


Established in 2001, we are a non-partisan, non-government organisation focused on advancing New Zealand’s interests in a strong bilateral relationship.

Trade Reports

The 2023 NZ-US Trade & Investment Report has been commissioned by the NZUS Council and produced by Sense Partners; this is the second report of its kind, the first being released in February of 2022. The report serves as an important insight into the current state of affairs in the bilateral relationship between New Zealand and the United States.


The NZUS Council has appointed Fiona Cooper as its new Executive Director. An experienced professional with a strong background in diplomacy, trade policy and business, Ms Cooper will take up the position from 1 March.

Ms Cooper’s appointment comes at a time of renewed focus on New Zealand’s relationship with the United States as a critically important trading partner, a source of investment, and new technologies.

Ms Cooper says she will be focused on promoting the US-NZ partnership, highlighting its importance and the opportunity to collaborate on global challenges during a pivotal election year.

“I am taking on this leadership role at a fascinating time, with the US Presidential election this year and a range of challenging global issues that create opportunities for New Zealand and the USA to work together towards our common interests.

“I look forward to advocating for the bilateral relationship in both countries. The US has long been a key partner for New Zealand,” Ms Cooper says.

Council chair Rosemary Banks says Ms Cooper brings a depth of experience to the Council. Early in her career she had a diplomatic posting to New Zealand’s Embassy in Washington where she was responsible for trade relations with the US.

Ms Cooper will be leaving her role for the past thirteen years as the New Zealand Director and Secretariat Manager for the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. This will be Ms Cooper’s second term as Executive Director of the NZUS Council, having previously held the position from 2014 to 2018.

In her recent career, Ms Cooper has served as General Manager for Trade Strategy at Fonterra, as Head of Corporate Relations at the Bank of New Zealand, and as Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum.

The NZ US Council is a non-partisan and independent organisation committed to promoting all dimensions of New Zealand’s multi-faceted relations with the United States. The Council welcomes members from business, academia and the expanding technology sector.

For more information, please contact NZUS Council Chair Rosemary Banks on [email protected] or mobile +64 21 1653 120.


The NZUS Council relaunches its Internship Programme after a 3-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme was devised in 2011 by then New Zealand Ambassador to the United Sates, Right Honourable Mike Moore.

Conducted in partnership with the University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland, and Air New Zealand, exemplary students are selected to participate in a rare chance to experience the inner workings of the Congress, working directly alongside members of congress and their staff.

Collaborating with the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C., the programme is designed to strengthen relationships between Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States, encouraging the next generation of leaders to build a deeper understanding of the USA and our bilateral relations.


The NZUS Council has established a media fellowship programme to encourage high-quality reporting that supports informed discussion about the New Zealand/United States relationship.

The fellowship provides an opportunity for a highly motivated New Zealand-based journalist with an interest in international affairs to travel to the United States in 2024 to undertake reporting for 10-14 days.