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USNZ Partnership Forum opens in Auckland – Next generation focus

NZUS Council chairman Simon Power has welcomed delegates to the sixth United States New Zealand Partnership Forum opening this evening in Auckland.

“I would like to formally welcome our guests to New Zealand for this event, and thank them for their attendance and support,” says Power. “This biennial event is an opportunity to bring together senior representatives of Government, academia, business and non-Government organisations from New Zealand and the United States.

“This year the focus on “Pacific Partners – the next generation” and the forum is bringing together current and emerging leaders in their fields.

“I am proud of the record the council has of engaging with key thinkers, and this year is no different as we welcome speakers Danny Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific; Ernest Bower, a Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies and Co-director of the Pacific Partners Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Professor Peter Petri, a Professor of International Finance at Brandeis University and a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, among others.

“I am delighted that we will also be joined by nine “Future Partners” who will help to convey the next generation theme. They include current and former New Zealand university students who have worked as interns in the US Congress as well as US Fulbright grantees currently studying in New Zealand.”

The Partnership Forum is taking place on 29 and 30 June in Auckland.

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