The NZUK Link Foundation has pioneered partnerships with public funders and private philanthropy for over 25 years, raising its annual income from a range of corporate supporters, private donors, charitable trusts and earned income. This is thanks to the generosity and support of our individual donors, corporate sponsorships, trusts and Foundations which is vital to the growth and ongoing success of the NZUK Link Foundation. By supporting us, you enable NZUK Link to continue to expand and diversify its exchange programme within the fields of Arts, Business, Science, Research and Education.
Should you have an idea for a particular project or even wish to be a patron of a field, please contact NZUK Link to discuss the opportunities. This is an invitation to provide support as we have a unique advantage: with registered status in both countries, the NZUK Link Foundation can facilitate the transfer of charitable funds in the most tax-efficient way!
Future Strategic Priorities for the Link
Post-COVID the Link is embarking on a new phase to build on the significant achievements of the last three decades. In crafting the next chapter in the shared future between New Zealand and the UK it will seek to identify the best vehicles by which to deliver its legacies with the aim of promoting diverse modes of sharing and cultural vibrancy across both countries, and beyond. The impetus to increase exchanges and open up new avenues of support will help shape a fundraising campaign to increase the current financial base and build on the Foundation’s previous successes.
Strategic priorities are to celebrate the shared UK and NZ heritage; support exchanges that share and build on world-leading practices in both countries, and foster tomorrow’s shared ideas and innovations. These include:
Managing the Elman Poole Fellowship funds for music students to come to the UK and Europe to work and train with the South Bank Sinfonia;
Establishing and managing Elman Poole Educational and Vocational Travelling Fellowships to the UK for study in the fields of agriculture, and horticulture, with an emphasis on forestry, climate change, conservation and the environment, science and technology.
Developing a new fund to enable young individuals, including those from less advantaged backgrounds, to innovate, work and research across both countries. With the aim of setting up two-way exchanges and fellowships, the Link will develop opportunities for promising scholars and support for fellowship holders through its established networks. The investment will also continue in areas of established innovation in order to deliver the greatest impact: e.g. the hospitality industry, music and dance, neuroscience, fashion and design, technology.
In the area of heritage, a programme of exchange including digital materials, will be developed to celebrate and explore resources currently housed in UK and NZ museums, galleries, and information repositories like archives and libraries. The heritage incentives will build on previous achievements and activity in order to honour anniversaries or memorials, to increase the value of partnerships with relevant institutions such as the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Te Papa Museum and the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, the British Library (via their international Training Programme), and the Imperial War Museum, both in London.
The annual UK Link Lecture: Hosted by the Link since c 2015 at the University of London, the series was reinaugurated in 2019 with a lecture delivered by Sir John Key. Future lectures, both virtual and face to face, will showcase the latest developments in business, diplomatic and intellectual relations between the UK and New Zealand. This flagship event will also promote opportunities to support the activities of the Foundation.