Established in 2001, we are a non-partisan, non-government organisation focused on advancing New Zealand’s interests in a strong bilateral relationship.
We are funded by business, academia, civil society, and government to provide platforms to advance opportunities for New Zealanders, communicate the importance of the relationship, and build supportive constituencies for New Zealand in the US.
At the foundation of the relationship between our countries is an enduring set of common interests and shared values. As an organisation we have played a critical role in re-establishing connections, strengthening the relationship across multiple fronts, and advocating tighter economic and trade integration.
We remain strong advocates for open and competitive markets, including ongoing advocacy for a free trade agreement, and protection of the rules-based global trading system.
Building off this legacy the Council has adopted a broader policy programme that recognises the diverse range of interests we share with the US. In addition to trade, today we have work programmes focused on the future of data, food, education, security and defence, and the Pacific.
Together with our policy programmes we undertake a range of other activities. Here are a few examples.
Focused on US trade policy, digital trade, data regulation, the future of food and alternative proteins we met with US officials, think-tanks, business groups, and political figures.
We now have an alumni of 28 and growing. This group represents future New Zealand leaders and many now are in interesting and influential roles across the commercial and public sectors in New Zealand and abroad.
Normally held every 18-24 months our last was in 2011. We are planning towards holding another in early 2021.
A key set piece for the Council since establishment has been the hosting of successive Partnership Forums. Organised for every 18-24 months, and held alternatively in New Zealand and in Washington DC, they have provided an invaluable opportunity to bring together political, policy and business leaders from both countries. A future Partnership Forums is back on the Council’s agenda with plans to hold the next in early 2021.