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The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) is an independent non-governmental organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand. 

National Office

Message from the President, Sir Anand Satyanand

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Thornton as the next Executive Director of the Institute.  Melanie joins us after ten years in the Strategy Group at the Greater Wellington Council and previously as a presenter and producer with Radio New Zealand.  In both of these positions, she has had extensive involvement with international issues.    

As the Institute looks to support the activities of its branches in hosting events focused on international affairs and in having a national office well-equipped itself to manage a variety of similar functions, it is timely that a new Executive Director be able to draw on media and outreach skills in enhancing the debate and dissemination of ideas on international affairs to a wider audience, here and overseas.  Melanie will take up her new position at the beginning of December.

The National Office also has a new full-time interim Administrator, Yvonne Palmer, who has come to the Institute from a similar position in government.  Yvonne can be reached at the Institute address nziia@vuw.ac.nz


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