Catching up with Western China: New Zealand's Newest Diplomatic Challenge

Jointly Hosted by the New Zealand China Friendship Society Wellington Branch & New Zealand China Trade Association in Association with New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and New Zealand Institute Of International Affairs

Alistair Crozier
Alistair Crozier, Consul-General to Chengdu, China

New Zealand established its Consulate-General in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in 2014. Alistair Crozier has served as our first Consul-General since establishment, and has seen New Zealand’s relationship with Southwest China take off over the last three years.

Alistair will share his views on ‘the story so far’ for New Zealand in this fascinating region of China, the market opportunities and challenges we face, and the unique attractions of life in the Southwest – now more accessible to New Zealanders with a new direct flight from Auckland to Chengdu starting on 13 June.

If you are interested to attend this public lecture, please register on Eventbrite.

About the speaker

Alistair Crozier is a career diplomat. Since September 2014 he has served as New Zealand's first Consul-General to Chengdu, covering Southwest China. This is Alistair's third diplomatic assignment in China, having previously worked in the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing as Second Secretary (2000-01) and Education Counsellor (2004-05).

Alistair has also served in Papua New Guinea (2007-09) and Viet Nam (2009-14). In Wellington he has worked on United Nations and Commonwealth, North Asia and Pacific issues. Alistair is from Christchurch and is a graduate of the University of Canterbury. He is married with one daughter.

About Alistair Crozier

Alistair Crozier established and led New Zealand’s new Consulate-General in Chengdu, Southwest China from September 2014 to November 2018.

This was Alistair's third diplomatic assignment in China. After completing Mandarin language training in 1998-99, he worked in the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing as Second Secretary (2000-01) and Education Counsellor (2004-05). Alistair has also served in Papua New Guinea (2007-09) and Viet Nam (2009-14). Alistair has also handled China and other North Asia issues during periods back in MFAT Wellington, including bilateral education and political issues.

Alistair holds degrees in law and Japanese language from the University of Canterbury, and is a fluent Chinese speaker. He is married to Waan, who is Thai, and they have one daughter.

Areas of specialist expertise

Southwest China, China political issues, education sector, trade and business environment

Fact file: Chengdu Consulate-General

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