Luke Qin currently serves as National Vice President (Central) of the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS), and President of NZCFS Wellington Branch in New Zealand’s capital city.
Luke is originally from Sichuan, the “Province of Abundance”, home of world famous spicy cuisine and pandas. Luke first arrived in Christchurch as an international student and played rugby for his school in his first year in New Zealand despite not knowing the rules of the game previously. He was a school prefect and received many academic awards.
His first job in New Zealand was putting inserts in newspapers, and he moonlighted at a 24/7 restaurant while studying at Canterbury University. After graduating, he worked at a bilingual community newspaper in Christchurch as a reporter & editor, before relocating to Wellington to embark on a career in banking, and gaining a Master of Applied Finance degree from Victoria University of Wellington. He currently looks after the international trade business in the greater central region for New Zealand’s biggest bank.
Luke is also a board member of the New Zealand China Trade Association, a member of Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network & Speakers Bureau, and a member of British High Commission Successor Generation Initiative. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace at the age of 27 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, and serves as a volunteer firefighter in his down time.