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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 - Wellington

Monday, 24 February 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Hon James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea - New directions for Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, 3 March 2020 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Dr Makoto Seta - The rule of law at sea and the future prospects of Island States

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 5:45pm - 7:30pm

Izumi Nakamitsu - Securing our common future: Challenges and prospects for disarmament

Wellington Branch

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 5:40pm - 6:40pm

Dr Jim Rolfe - Discerning New Zealand's strategy for national security

Thurdsay, 27 February 2020 5:40pm - 6:40pm

Fadela Novak-Irons - The UN's global compact on refugees - part of the solution in Mauritania?

Wairarapa Branch

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 8:00pm

Thomas Nash - How can we make a difference internationally?

Nelson Branch

Thursday, 20 February 2020 5:30pm

Marilyn Garson - Still lives - a memoir of Gaza

Hawkes Bay Branch

Thursday. 20 February 2020 2:00pm

Professor David Capie - Making New Zealand foreign policy in 2020: a tough job.

Friday, 21 February 2020 2:00pm

British High Commissioner, HE Laura Clarke - Ocean's Apart: Britains role in the Pacific post Brexit

Christchurch Branch

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Marilyn Garson - Who lives behind the Gaza blockade, and what can Aotearoa NZ (and we) do?

Auckland Branch

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Dr Kennedy Graham - Can the United Nations Accommodate the Enhanced Patriotism in Some Member States?

Monday, 6 April 2020

Dr Augusto Lopez-Claros - United Nations

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Marilyn Garson - Gaza

Listen to our most recent speakers on YouTube 

     Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak - Upcoming Challenges

     for South East Asia

Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from Thailand’s domestic politics, political economy and foreign policy and especially ASEAN dynamics and international affairs. He addressed the NZIIA with a talk about regional challenges in South East Asia.  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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