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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. 

Hong Kong: Towards an Uncertain Future?

Wednesday 11 December at 5.30pm.  A panel very familiar with Hong Kong – and China more generally – will look at the background leading to the recent protests,  examine the implications for Hong Kong itself as well as more generally for the region including the impact on business confidence, especially as it affects New Zealand interests. Professor Brian Moloughney of the University of Otago specialises in Chinese history and has held senior positions at that university as well as at Victoria University of Wellington. He is Associate Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre  based at VUW. Ambassador Clifford Hart Jr, was United States Consul-General in Hong Kong from 2013-2016, after a career that had also seen him serve several times in mainland China. A member of the US Council on Foreign Relations, he is a frequent speaker on China and North Asia matters. Mark Russell, a strategic communications specialist and owner of the PR firm Hot Meta Communications, is the immediate Past President of the Hong Kong Kong/New Zealand Business Association, and was for a number of years Assistant Foreign Editor of Hong Kong’s South China Morning PostREGISTER



Listen to our most recent speaker on Youtube

   Ken Ash, Director of the OECD Trade and

   Agriculture Directorate spoke in Wellington

   on 22 July 2019.  Listen to his



  Previous events on our podcast 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

All the videos and material from the Conference will be uploaded to the Pacific Futures website shortly.



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