Leading and Supporting Pacific Research

The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is a national institute to promote and support excellence in Pacific Research.

A collaboration between the University of Auckland, Otago University and the Auckland University of Technology the NZIPR includes New Zealand’s leading research universities and also includes New Zealand’s largest networks of Pacific researchers.

Together the university partners bring expansive and unique Pacific research capacity and relationships, as well as educating three quarters of New Zealand’s Pacific students and employing ninety percent of New Zealand’s academics of Pacific Island descent.

Research projects

Labour Markets for Sustainable Economic Development

This NZIPR project analyses labour markets and the skills needed to underpin sustainable economic development.

Land and Development

This project explores the challenges and opportunities presented by land and the desire to expand commercial development and opportunities in the Pacific.

Private Sector Investment in the Pacific

Analysis of drivers and barriers for private investment; benefits of private investment.

Te Ang Maitoro - Cooling Kiribati and Samoa

Analysis of drivers and barriers for private investment; benefits of private investment.

Promoting Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development

Analysis of drivers and barriers for private investment; benefits of private investment.


The Value of Vanilla for the South Pacific

By Christina Stringer and Sisikula Sisifa Agriculture remains the backbone of Pacific Island economies. However, over the past decade, traditional cash crops such as copra have provided insufficient financial returns to local farmers. Subsequently governments and...

Te Ang Maitoro: Cooling Kiribati and Samoa

Like many small island developing countries, Kiribati and Samoa, face a number of challenges, including how to grow to achieve sustainable development, and how to manage the effects of natural disasters and climate change. This project examines how new types of...

Invite to NZIPR launch of research report on Private Sector Investment in the Pacific

Tuesday 5th December  2017, 10.00 – 12.00 at the Pacific Fale, Wynard St, University of Auckland. Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni and Kia ora koutou. The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research cordially invites...

The human face of labour mobility in Kiribati

By Hele Ikimotu and Brandon Ulfsby Two prominent New Zealand academics have recently returned from discussing labour mobility policies and long term sustainable development plans in Tarawa, Kiribati. Access to overseas labour markets is a key development priority for...

NZIPR Symposium

Labour Markets, Labour Mobility and Policy Options in the Pacific: a critical development debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDrjkVY3et0   On the19th October, 2017 the NZIPR hosted a symposium on Labour Mobility in the Fale Pasifika at the University of...

PACER Plus agreement ‘not just trade but development’ says NZ chief negotiator

A recent seminar is providing a closer look at the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) deal signed by 10 Pacific countries this year.

‘Tautai’ – Putting Sāmoans at the centre of Sāmoan History

By Brandon Ulfsby and Hele Ikimotu A book on the life of Mau leader and successful entrepreneur, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, is retelling Sāmoan history through the lens of one of its most influential pioneers. Called 'Tautai: Sāmoa, World History, and the Life of Ta’isi O....

Latest Publications

New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is hosted by the University of Auckland.