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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. 

Upcoming Events for 2020

National Office

Thursday, 6 August 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Election debate - Aid, Trade and New Zealand's place in the world after Covid

Wellington Branch

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Hon Minister Ron Mark - New Zealand's Defence Policy: An update from Hon Minister Mark

Hawke's Bay Branch

Tuesday, 7 July 2020 2:00pm

Marilyn Garson - Four years, two wars and one social enterprise: living behind the Gaza blockade

Nelson Branch

Thursday, 16 July 2020 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Steve Marshall - Burma or Myanmar? Dictatorship or democracy? Impunity or accountability? Who cares?

Thursday, 20 August 2020 5:30pm

Suzannah Jessep - Understanding Modern India against the background of major power competition and territorial disputes.  Small power diplomacy in the era of COVID

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dr Jim Wilson - Ed Hillary, humanitarian, adventurer and friend

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Emeritus Professor Rob Rabel - Decision 2020: America at a Crossroad?

Listen to our most recent speakers on YouTube 

Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief for The Washington Post - North Korea under Kim Jong Un  Listen here

Minister of Trade and Export Growth Hon David Parker and the Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth Hon Nanaia Mahuta - NZ's Trade Recovery Strategy  Listen here

Ms Izumi Nakamitsu - Securing Our Common Future: Challenges And Prospects for Disarmament      Listen here


Previous events on our YouTube page are available here 


Pacific Futures Conference 2019

In partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and support from the University of Otago, the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs organised a one-day conference focusing on the influences and challenges facing the Pacific region.  While the Institute’s national conferences have tended to be held in Wellington, the decision to hold this conference in Auckland allowed for a strong presence from a number of locally-based Pasifika representatives, as well as underscoring the Institute’s role as a national institution.  Read more

Click here for our hightlights video.



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