NZIIA Newsletter - 2023 highlights and the year ahead

Hamish McDougall, Executive Director, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs



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Tēnā koutou and seasons greetings from the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs - Whare Tawāhi-a-mahi i Aotearoa. We wish you all the very best for a safe and prosperous 2024. New Zealand Institute of International Affairs - Whare Tawāhi-a-mahi

2024 Memberships

Membership renewal invoices for 2024 were issued on 1 December. Please check your inbox or spam folder for these.

Many thanks to all who have already renewed membership subscriptions for next year. The number of NZIIA members continues to grow and we very much appreciate your continued support. 

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New members can join here.

Here are some highlights from the last 12 months:

NZIIA Conference 2023

The NZIIA flagship conference took place in Auckland in June, bringing together more than 40 expert speakers and hundreds of delegates to discuss International Solutions: Aotearoa New Zealand's Place in a Troubled World. Keynote speeches including from Fiji Prime Minister Hon Sitiveni Rabuka were augmented by panel discussions of the most important international affairs issues. Watch back here. 

Foreign policy address by the Prime Minister

In July, NZIIA hosted then Prime Minister Rt Hon Chris Hipkins as he delivered a landmark foreign policy speech at Parliament buildings. 

Pre-election foreign policy debate

Also in July, NZIIA and the Council for International Development organised a pre-election debate with foreign policy spokespeople from Parliamentary parties. Re-watch the highlights here.

NZIIA events programme

NZIIA organised over 80 events throughout the country in 2023 covering an extraordinary array of international affairs topics. Many thanks to our Branch Committees and speakers for their excellent work. Events can be re-watched on our Youtube channel here.

New Zealand International Review

The Institute's flagship publication celebrated its 48th year with six editions. Among the articles were the future of NZ-US relations, France's Indo-Pacific strategy, New Zealand's need for integrated statecraft and flexible foreign policy, and much more.

In 2024 the magazine is moving to full colour - stay subscribed for further improvements. 

Articles and podcasts on international affairs 

NZIIA also published 150+ shorter-form articles on its website - these can be read here.  

NZIIA's podcast series can be listened to on your favourite streaming app here. 

Plans for 2024

Among the plans for the coming year, we aim to:

  • Enhance NZIIA's reputation for delivering an outstanding events programme, tackling the most important international affairs issues.
  • Embark on the publication of the next flagship book volume of New Zealand in World Affairs 
  • Continue to improve the Institute's governance, including holding the next election to the national Board (a call for nominations is coming shortly in the new year)

As Executive Director, I would like to thank all of those who engaged with the Institute in myriad ways in the past year, helping to foster discussion and understanding of international affairs as they relate to New Zealand. 

Dr Hamish McDougall
Executive Director,
New Zealand Institute of International Affairs


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