An Eye, an Ear and a Voice: New Zealand in a changing world
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: August 2019
ISBN: 978-0-473-48872-7

An all-day conference to mark the 75th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) was held in Wellington on 18 October 2018 at the Pipitea Marae, which proved an excellent venue. The conference theme, drawn from a 12 January 1942 letter Peter Fraser sent to Winston Churchill, was ‘An Eye, an Ear and a Voice: New Zealand’s changing place in the world’. The event was jointly hosted by MFAT, the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs Wellington Branch, and the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. There was a high level of interest in the occasion, attracting over five-hundred registrations with more than three-hundred attending each of the eight sessions during the day. The conference made good use of technology to reach an even larger audience by way of live streaming through the MFAT facilities.


Following opening presentations by previous political leaders Jim Bolger and Helen Clark, the programme focussed on MFAT’s core policy interests and objectives. A keynote address was given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters. There were separate sessions on New Zealand’s ‘Pacific Story’, the evolving Trade agenda, the ‘Asian Story’, Multilateral engagement, and Relations with Major Powers. Those involved in the individual sessions included current and former Ministry staff, academics and journalists with a special interest in New Zealand’s external economic and political goals. Each substantive session featured reflections from an historical perspective, a relevant case-study, and forward-looking thoughts in an era of global volatility on the future foreign policy setting.


An important objective of the conference was to highlight the demographic change that has occurred in MFAT since its foundation in 1943. In that context there was an emphasis on gender balance, diversity and inclusion, and the role of Maori and Pasifika.


The main purpose of this book is to provide a permanent record of the 75th anniversary conference. In addition it includes coverage of a function held at the Portrait Gallery in Wellington on 26 April 2019 attended by over two-hundred people. This gathering was a reunion of former and current MFAT staff who had loyally and with credit served in various administration, support, and overseas development assistance roles for the ministry over the years.  


The Law of the Jungle: How can New Zealand navigate Global Disruption?
Author: Edited by Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien
Date Published: August 2018
ISBN: 978-0-473-43909-5

This Publication is a collection of speeches originally presented at the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs 2018 Conference, designed and directed by Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien and hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs on 27 February 2018 at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington.

“The Law of the Jungle: How Can New Zealand Navigate Global Disruption?” sums up the challenge that New Zealand, and similar small outward looking states are currently facing. Laws and norms that once seemed stable are being challenged, or disrupted, at a frenetic pace. All the while, many of New Zealand’s traditional friends are going through a period of profound change domestically.

Authors include:

  • Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand 
  • Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien, Executive Director, NZIIA (2015-2018)
  • Lieutenant General Tim Keating, former Chief of the Defence Force
  • Rt Hon Jim Bolger, former Prime Minister of New Zealand 
  • Her Excellency Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner to New Zealand
  • Allan Gyngell, National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA)
  • Andrew Hampton, Director General, Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)
  • His Excellency Ewen McDonald, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
  • Professor Robert Patman, Department of Politics, Otago University
  • Tim Ng, Deputy Secretary, Chief Economic Advisor, The Treasury
  • Sir Ken Keith, Emeritus Professor School of Law, VUW, former Judge at the International Court of Justice
  • His Excellency Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand
  • Dr Matthew Reid, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Australia and New Zealand
  • Dr Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
  • Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director, NZ International Business Forum, NZ China Council, APEC Business Advisory Council (NZ)
  • Greg Doone, Director - Digital Strategy and Data, PwC
  • Dr Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Centre for Defence & Security Studies, Massey University
  • Professor Tim Naish, Director, Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Fiona Barker, Political Science and International Relations Programme, Victoria University
  • Alexandra Lutyens,Unit Manager, Digital, Communications Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Cost: $24.99

New Zealand and the United Nations: 70th Anniversary
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: April 2016
ISBN: 978-0-473-35354-4

The book draws on a collection of chapters from presenters to a seminar to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations founding conference in San Francisco and was held on 20 November 2015 in Wellington. It was to be expected of this anniversary occasion that a substantial element of reflection and review would be involved. The first three of the programme’s four sessions provided a retrospective account of key aspects of New Zealand’s experience over the past seven decades in the multilateral environment, flowing on from its fledging days as a founding member present ‘at the creation’ in 1945 at the San Francisco conference. The seminar’s fourth session provided a shift of emphasis. It introduced a ‘where to from here’ dimension from media and independent observer standpoints, and included a presentation with the enigmatic title ‘will there be a 100th anniversary’. Read the introduction.

Cost: NZD29.99

The Arctic and Antarctica Differing Currents of Change
Author: Edited by Peter Kennedy
Date Published: September 2015
ISBN: 978-0-473-33543-4

Although the Arctic and Antarctica are both polar regions their position as geographic opposites has resulted in a number of differences, not limited to the temperature of the polar currents. With the melting of the polar ice cap, the Arctic is beginning to be opened up to commercial shipping. The landscape now includes structures like oil rigs. By contrast, a number of countries would like to see Antarctica as a nature reserve without any commercial exploitation. The symposium The Arctic and Antarctica: Differing Currents of Change held on 27 February 2015 in Wellington was initiated up by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs to expose the range of issues related to the northern and southern polar regions, the threats and the challenges, and what nations and individuals might do to mitigate the risks. This symposium brought together speakers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand to consider the serious environmental and commercial challenges, the influence of the great powers, and what the future may hold for these unique environments.

Read the introduction.

Cost: NZD24.99

At the UN: Addresses from Helen Clark's first term leading the UNDP
Author: Edited by Helen Clark
Date Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781927212066

This book brings together a selection of speeches made by Helen Clark, former long-serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, during her first four-year term as Administrator at the UN Development Programme. These speeches, given to international audiences, cover a wide range of topics and offer illuminating comments on global issues.

Launched by: NZIIA
Published and sold by: Dunmore Publishing

Persona Non Grata: Breaking the bond Fiji and New Zealand 2004-2007
Author: Michael Green
Date Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-927212-05-9

Persona Non Grata looks at the long co-operative relationship and bond between New Zealand and Fiji and analyses the dramatic shifts that occurred in this in 2006, 2007 and beyond. It is a relationship that remains damaged as Bainimarama continues as self-appointed interim-president, backed by the Fiji military. The book offers valuable insights into the challenges Fiji and other Pacific Islands nations are facing, internally and in relation to the world around them.

Launched by: NZIIA
Published and sold by: Dunmore Publishing

Africa: A Continent on the Move
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0908772-35-3

This book covers the first conference on Africa to be held in New Zealand for more than a decade. It contains thoughtful and perceptive reflections by New Zealand and overseas experts including from the Institute for Security Studies Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the Nordic Africa Institute Uppsala, Sweden;  Chatham House London and Cranfield University, United Kingdom.  

Cost: NZD20.00

The Major Economic & Foreign Policy Issues Facing New Zealand 2012-2017
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978-0-908772-38-4

In October 2011 a conference was held to discuss the scale and complexity of global trends impacting upon New Zealand. Opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the conference heard from a range of academics, business people and commentators on what was different about the 21st century, global environmental and economic issues, the trade environment, security and the multilateral order. This book contains cogently argued points of view by leaders in their fields.

Cost: NZD20.00

Celebrating 75 Years - Vol.I
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0-908772-33-9

Proceedings of the NZIIA 75th Annniversary Series of addresses and lectures.

SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase Vol.I and receive a FREE copy of Vol.II (limited time offer while stocks last)
Cost: NZD20.00

Celebrating 75 Years
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-0908772-34-6

Proceedings of the NZIIA 75th Annniversary Series of addresses and lectures.

SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase Vol.II and receive a FREE copy of Vol.I (limited time offer while stocks last)
Cost: NZD20.00

Author: Terence O'Brien
Date Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-908772-31-5

Notwithstanding New Zealand’s discrete place and relative isolation in the world, what was once termed the ‘tyranny of distance’ applies no longer to the country’s external relations. There is a pressing need for New Zealanders to have a deeper understanding of the forces that drive global trends and developments, from which their nation is not immune. This selection of writings from Terence O’Brien is a notable contribution to that better appreciation of the impacts of globalisations, from the perspective of a small, internationally-minded, modern and multicultural democracy.

Cost: $20.00

New Zealand in World Affairs IV 1990-2005
Author: Edited by Roderic Alley
Date Published: 2007
ISBN: 978-0-86473-548-5 (v. 4.)

New Zealand in World Affairs IV surveys the period 1990-2005, provides a record of New Zealand’s major international preoccupations, describes how they were officially handled and makes assessments of how effectively the challenges were interpreted and acted upon. This authoritative collection of essays, the fourth in a series commissioned by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, completes a survey of New Zealand’s foreign relations since World War II.

Published in association with Victoria University Press.

Celebrating New Zealand's Emergence: A Tribute to Sir George Laking and Frank Corner
Author: Edited by Brian Lynch
Date Published: 2005
ISBN: 0-908772-25-4

This book contains the proceedings of a symposium in Wellington, New Zealand in May 2005. The function was held in tribute to the contributions that Sir George Laking and Frank Corner made during their distinguished careers to the design and execution of New Zealand foreign policy.

Cost: $20.00

Southeast Asia and New Zealand: A History of Regional and Bilateral Relations
Author: Edited by Anthony L. Smith
Date Published: 2005
ISBN: 981-230-305-7

This history is an account of Southeast Asia-New Zealand relations as they have emerged since the end of World War II. Drawing together the most prominent scholars of New Zealand’s relations with Southeast Asia, this study examines the overall military, multilateral, and commercial relationships and those that assess individual bilateral relationships and diplomatic controversies. Southeast Asia remains a region of considerable importance for New Zealand, and has remained so through the course of decolonization, internal instability, external security, Cold War tensions, peacekeeping efforts, rapidly expanding economic growth (and crisis), and, increasingly, transitional security challenges such as terrorism.

Published in association with Victoria University Press and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

New Zealand and Australia: Where are we Going?
Author: Edited by Bruce Brown
Date Published: 2001
ISBN: 0-908772-19-X

This book contains the papers contributed and a summary of the discussion at a timely seminar to consider the state of New Zealand-Australian relations and where we might be heading. Throughout the discussion there was often a note of pessimism, reflected in the question: "Is New Zealand viable?”

Cost: $10.00

New Zealand in World Affairs Vol. 3 1972-1990
Author: Edited by Bruce Brown
Date Published: 1999
ISBN: 0-86473-372-0

New Zealand in World Affairs III covers vivid episodes in our recent past – anti-nuclear policies and ANZUS, sporting links with South Africa – as well as fascinating areas of international law and resource control, defence, economic policy and trade. Its authors – the key names in the study of New Zealand’s foreign relations – are well informed, insightful and don’t shrink from controversy.

Published in association with Victoria University Press.

New Zealand in World Affairs Vol. II 1957-1972
Author: Edited by Malcolm McKinnon
Date Published: 1991
ISBN: 0-908772-11-4

New Zealand in World Affairs II covers the period from 1957 to 1972, when New Zealand diplomacy moved irrevocably away from the Commonwealth and British framework of the past, and when foreign relations first became the object of sustained debate within the country. The volume is introduced by Malcolm Templeton and essays are contributed by Roderic Alley, Roberto Rabel, Rita Ricketts and Richard Thompson amongst others. Published in conjunction with a reprint of the authoritative New Zealand in World Affairs Vol. I, 1945-1957.

Cost: $10.00

New Zealand in World Affairs Vol. I, 1945-1957
Date Published: 1977 (reprint 1991)
ISBN: 0-7055-0638-X

The authoritative New Zealand in World Affairs Volume 1, covering the period from the Second World War until 1957.

Cost: $10.00