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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. 


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Hong Kong: Domestic and Regional Challenges

Wednesday 11 December at 5.30pm.  A panel of speakers will discuss recent events in Hong Kong and the challenges both for it and for the region, including New Zealand.   Speakers will include former US Consul-General in Hong Kong, Clifford Hart, and the Past President of the Hong Kong/New Zealand Business Association, Mark Russell.  Booking details will follow in early November.  


NZIIA National Conference, 18 October 2019, Auckland - 9am-5pm

      Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity and Security

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. is holding its annual conference on 18 October 2019, in Auckland.

The "Pacific Futures" conference is focussed squarely on the Pacific - the influences shaping its future and some of its biggest challenges. This conference will be vital for understanding the new dynamics in the Pacific and what these mean for the diplomatic community, the business community, and for Pasifika and New Zealand communities everywhere.

The keynote address will be from Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa will also give a speech.

Please register for this conference by visiting our website: www.pacificfutures.nz



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



The New Zealand – German Energy Trilemma Dialogues: Balancing Energy Security, Affordability and Environmental Sustainability

9 October 2019

A roundtable discussion was held with New Zealand and German energy experts, discussing energy challenges, opportunities and risks faced when balancing the energy trilemma in a low carbon economy.

Energy affordability and environmental protection is crucial to New Zealand’s economic and social future. Are we on the right track? What are the future risks as we are heading towards 100% renewable electricity?

What are the challenges for industry and exporters, from a German and New Zealand perspective? What can we learn from each other? How can we better tackle the challenges that we will face when decarbonising the economy?

At this critical point in our transition to a low carbon economy, come and hear from a high-level group of German energy experts, share their perspectives on these issues.

German Energy experts present were:

Dr Joachim Pfeiffer, Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson for Economic and Energy Policy of the CDU&CSU Parliamentary Group

Prof Dr Friedbert Pflueger - Executive Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King's College London

Dr Joachim Lang, Director General, Federation of German Industry (BDI)

Dr Frank Umbach, Research Director, EUCERS, King's College London


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