The United States New Zealand Educational Exchange program is a partnership between the American
Australian Association and the Kiwi Expat Association (KEA). Both organizations are working
together to raise corporate and individual financial sponsorship for educational exchanges
between the US and New Zealand.
Founded in 1948, the American Australian Association is the largest national non-profit
public charity in the United States devoted to relations between the United States and Australia
and New Zealand. Its goal is to encourage stronger ties across the Pacific particularly in the
private sector. The Association has an active program of corporate, economic, educational,
cultural and social activities.
The Association's corporate membership includes many of the most prominent commercial and
financial institutions engaged in business between the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The Association provides the main New York forum for Australian and New Zealand government and
business leaders to meet with senior corporate executives with interests in the region. The
Association also runs a range of educational, social, cultural and philanthropic programs.
The American Australian Association operates intensive Educational programs financed from the proceeds of annual benefit dinners. The Association's blue ribbon Fellowship program has become the largest privately funded Education program between Australia and the United States and is the cornerstone of our activities in Education.
To celebrate the Association's fiftieth anniversary, a June 30, 1998, dinner featured Rupert Murdoch as the guest of honor. An outstanding success, the dinner lifted the Association to a new level of prominence. Proceeds were used to establish an Education Fund to promote further interchange between the United States and Australia/New Zealand.
In an age where the cost and ease of global travel and communications are ever improving, it is
wrong to presume that once people leave a home country, they can have no meaningful economic contact
with it. With 20% of New Zealand's population currently living overseas, the importance of strong
relationships and networks, regardless of location, is paramount.
Additionally, there is a large number of people of other nationalities who have spent time in New
Zealand through employment, education or personal reasons. KEA is open to people of all nationalities,
not just New Zealanders. The common link is a desire to be connected with New Zealand from a business,
investment, professional, academic or cultural perspective. KEA members range from people at the start
of their careers through to senior executives and professors.
KEA was founded by Stephen Tindall, Professor David Teece and Dr George Barker in late 2001.It is a
non-profit organisation, based in Wellington, New Zealand. Using a 'hub and spoke' model, it provides
its KEA groups around the world with common website technology, constitutional template and governance.
Each group has a local management team who cover a broad range of sectors and expertise. There are
KEA groups located in the United States, and particularly in NY and Boston.
KEA also provides a single point of communication to manage relationships with public and private
sector groups. It is New Zealand's global network and spans 72 countries, with active chapters in eight overseas cities. KEA enables the sharing of knowledge, ideas, opportunities and contacts around the world.