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.


Polynesian pathways to a future without electricity grids

The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is funding a major study to assess the feasibility of a Polynesian pathway to a more sustainable, low-cost, energy future without electricity grids. The project is being undertaken by the New Zealand Institute of Economic...

SAMOA: Research explores media practice, freedom of the press

By Joshua Lafoai, APIA (Asia Pacific Report/Samoa Observer/Pacific Media Watch) A research paper by a National University of Samoa lecturer warns media freedom in Samoa still faces many challenges. Media freedom has had a long, proud history in Samoa. Struggling...

Pacific youth enterprise for vegetable and fruit eating: a Fiji study

Many of us do not realise just how important vegetable and fruit eating is to our health. In the Pacific, as with other parts of the world, lack of vegetable and fruit eating is a key factor in high rates of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. This phenomena is...

Tatala le ta’ui a le Atua: Rolling Out the Fine Mat of Scripture Church Responses to Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa: Supporting Church Capacity for Transformative Social Leadership

In 2016, the Samoan Ombudsman, Maiava Iulia Toma, announced a national enquiry into violence against women, and called for churches to be involved in this.[1] Alongside this, the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development in Samoa has recently presented the...

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...

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


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