Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Myanmar in Transition: From Cyclone Nargis to 2015 Elections

By Kate Yesberg Asia Forum’s September event was presented by Fiona Natusch, Business Development Manager at Proximity Designs, a social enterprise in Myanmar that designs, produces, and delivers affordable products and services for small holder farmers.  Fiona ... Continue Reading >>

A perspective on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

The AEC has attracted a lot of attention from local and international business communities because of its huge market of more than 600 million people, with a combined GDP of US$2.4 trillion in 2013.  If current growth trends continue, it could be the world’s fourth ... Continue Reading >>

Capital Punishment: Indonesia’s View

By Jose Tavares, Ambassador of Indonesia to New Zealand, Samoa and TongaIt is deeply regrettable that certain individuals must face the death penalty in Indonesia as a result of drug trafficking crimes. We understand the impact and deeply sympathize with the ... Continue Reading >>

Thai Ambassador’s speech on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s Birthday and the National Day of Thailand

On 5th December, the Ambassador of Thailand held a reception to celebrate the 87th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand and the National Day of Thailand at the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington.His Excellency Mr Noppadon Theppitak spoke of the ... Continue Reading >>

Our New Patron

The Asia Forum is pleased to announce that the Governor-General, Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, has accepted our invitation to become our Patron, succeeding his predecessor as Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand. We hope to arrange a meeting to welcome Sir ... Continue Reading >>