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.  

Our research

Donor Aid
The NZIPR is building a dynamic model of donor contributions in the Pacific, with easily accessible analysis of their impact...read more

Labour Markets for Sustainable Economic Development
This NZIPR project analyses labour markets and the skills needed to underpin sustainable economic development...read more

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...read more


16 August 2016

Labour mobility and the workers: beyond stock answers

On August 2nd 2016, many Tongan families began the long painful grieving process that follows the tragic death of a family member. Five men were instantly killed when they left their workplace in one of the major horticulture regions in New Zealand.  They were returning home from a days work in a kiwifruit cooling house when their car was hit side-on by an empty logging truck.  They had no chance of surviving.

According to news reports, four of these young men were part of NZ’s Pacific seasonal worker programme  - called the Recognised Seasonal Worker Scheme (the RSE).  It has been hailed internationally as successful in balancing the demand for workers in NZ’s horticultural industry, with the supply of underemployed people in the Pacific. 

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

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