The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) - Whare Tawāhi-a-mahi i Aotearoa, is an independent, non-governmental organisation that fosters expert discussion and understanding of international issues and emerging trends, particularly as they relate to Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Institute is a registered charitable society governed by a seven person Board elected by its members. It comprises a National Office and seven branches around New Zealand; in Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Wairarapa, Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay and Auckland. 

Established in 1934, NZIIA encourages understanding of international issues so that New Zealanders are better informed, gain different perspectives and have greater connections to the outside world. It exists for the long-term political, social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Institute delivers events, research projects and other initiatives, including public addresses by visiting experts and dignitaries, workshops, roundtable events, Track II dialogues and a bi-annual conference. The National Office and Branches host an active programme of more than 50 events annually around New Zealand. 

NZIIA communicates through digital platforms and has a long heritage of research publications, utilising international affairs experts from New Zealand and overseas. New Zealand International Review is the only magazine exclusively devoted to international affairs as they affect New Zealand. It has six editions per year and has been published for 47 years. The magazine is available for all members as part of their subscription and to students at universities in New Zealand. 

The National Office is housed at Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.

NZIIA Constitution

NZIIA 2022 Annual Report

NZIIA 2021 Annual Report

2021 Conference - Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region

Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region


NZIIA membership is open to anyone interested in understanding the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.