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

NZIIA fosters understanding of international issues, trading partnerships and relationships with other countries. It does this by creating a programme of events and initiatives that enable audiences to hear a range of speakers with various viewpoints. It hosts public addresses by visiting experts and dignitaries, roundtable events including Track II dialogues and generates a bi-annual conference. Branches around the country host an active programme of events and the National Office has been hosting a range of events in both Wellington for some years and in Auckland over the last year.

NZIIA’s main communications platforms are the website, social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the NZ International Review. This publication has been in existence for 44 years. It is the only national magazine exclusively devoted to international issues as they affect New Zealand. It 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, Victoria University of Wellington. It has a very close relationship with the University both in the context of organising seminars and in arranging venues for lectures.

NZIIA Constitution


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