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.