Luke Qin currently serves as NZCFS National Vice President, and Finance Committee Chair. He has served progressively as a committee member, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Wellington Branch since 2010.
Luke is originally from Sichuan, the “Land of Abundance”, home to world famous spicy cuisine and pandas. He first arrived in Christchurch as an international student and played 1st XV rugby for Linwood College in his first year in New Zealand despite not knowing the rules of the game previously. Aside from occasionally taking players out without the ball and pretending he did not speak English in front of the referee while playing rugby, he was a school prefect and received many academic and contribution awards.
After graduating from Canterbury University with a Commerce degree, he worked as a journalist and editor for a bilingual community newspaper, and in B2B sales in Christchurch before relocating to Wellington to work in banking, and gaining a Master degree in Finance from Victoria University.
Luke currently works as a trade banker with one of New Zealand’s leading banks, helping exporters and importers mitigate trading risks and grow in the Central Region. He also serves as an Executive Committee member of the New Zealand China Trade Association, Board Advisor for Sister Cities New Zealand, Standing Committee member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, and Board member of Transparency International New Zealand, with delegated authority in Affiliations, Financial Integrity Systems Assessment and Anti-Money Laundering.
He is also a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, British High Commission Successor Generation Initiative, Hutt City Council Eastern Ward Community Panel, and Friends of Waiwhetu Stream. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand at the age of 27 by the Governor-General, and serves locally as Treasurer of the Hutt Multicultural Council and a volunteer firefighter in his down time in Lower Hutt.
Although both China itself and New Zealand’s relations with China are vastly different from the days when the Society was first founded in 1952, and the government and some of our largest trading companies are currently putting enormous efforts into the political & economic relationship with China, Luke believes NZCFS’ longstanding objective in promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges remain relevant and crucial. He also believes the NZCFS is obliged to carefully judge every possible activity it might pursue against the test whether it would promote friendship, understanding and goodwill between the peoples of New Zealand and China as an independent Society.
Luke is married to Maggie, whom he went to school with in China, and is now getting used to running after their boy Jayden.