Our membership is growing, increasingly diverse and more reflective of the actual relationships New Zealanders have with the US. We are fortunate to be well supported by our members via their involvement on the executive committee and advisory board and assistance with the activities of the Council.
Members join the Council for a range of reasons and, without exception, are motivated by advancing New Zealand’s interests in a strong bilateral relationship with the US.
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE
- Recognition with logo and profile on the Council’s website
- Involvement in the governance of the Council and influence over the Council’s work and policy programme
- Advocacy support in areas aligned with the Council’s work and policy programme
- Participation in Council events, such as the roundtables and the bi-annual Partnership Forum, and co-hosting opportunities of events
- Regular special briefings from key stakeholders
We are funded through a mix of government funding and corporate membership fees and are audited annually. We are actively recruiting members to grow the membership share of funding and the range of activities we can deliver to support our mission and vision. Our largest single funder is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who also have an ex officio position on the Council’s executive committee. Other government agencies are members of the Council and represented on the Council’s executive committee or advisory board.
The Council operates a lean structure with low overheads relying heavily on the contribution of time, expertise, and the facilities of its members. The Council has one paid full-time position – our executive director – and contracts for services such as accounting, basic administration, and a hot-desk arrangement.