Former Pasifika Diplomat Appointed to Asia New Zealand Foundation Board

A former diplomat with more than 10 years’ experience in the Greater China region, Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i is one of three new appointees to the board of the Asia New Zealand Foundation -Te Whītau Tūhono. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta made the announcement today including the announcement of Dame Fran Wilde, as the new Chair.

Established by the New Zealand Government in 1994, the Asia New Zealand Foundation is New Zealand’s leading authority on Asia. It provides experiences and resources to help New Zealanders build their knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in Asia.

Tupe who is of Samoan Fijian heritage is chief philanthropic officer of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation and the co-founder of media company Poporazzi Productions and host and creator of Talanoa with Tupe.

Minister Mahuta says,”the new trustees bring a depth of experience and relationships across New Zealand and Asia. Asia remains as critical as ever to New Zealand and we need to continue to work closely with partners in the region, and understand it better, to aid our recovery from COVID-19.”

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