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.

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.


Low-cost electricity proposed for Polynesian countries in the Pacific

Solar-powered batteries are the key to a future without electricity grids for Polynesian countries in the Pacific (Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga), a study has found.

The study is funded by the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) to assess the feasibility of a low-cost, energy future – titled ‘Polynesian pathways to a future without electricity grids’


Building Pacific research capacity is a significant feature of NZIPR and we are committed to increasing the number of active qualified Pacific researchers. Earlier this month NZIPR awarded three postgraduate one-off grant scholarships to Pacific students who are currently enrolled at each of the consortium universities ‐ the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Auckland University of Technology. The one-off grants are intended to enhance the linkages between NZIPR research projects and emerging Pacific researchers, and to support Pacific postgraduate researchers within New Zealand.

Mapping Foreign Assistance in the Pacific

Foreign aid is an important resource for the Pacific Islands, and for many countries is a major point of engagement with the region. Yet public information at the project level is sparse, often lacks detail, and is difficult to access. This lack of transparency reduces the effectiveness of aid.

Te Ang Maitoro: Cooling Kiribati and Samoa

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Dr Mary Anne Teariki, Dr Ramona Tiatia, Ian Shearer. As noted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, access to affordable clean energy has been recognised as being a vital component of sustainable development. All...

Pacific Journalism Review 24(1)

This is the second edition of the New Zealand-based media research journal focused on climate change and global warming. The first, published year, featured the Fiji and Pacific leadership at COP23 with a series of research papers. READ MORE: Pacific Journalism Review...

Postgraduate Scholarships

The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research are pleased to offer three postgraduate scholarships.

Otago Foreign Policy School 2018

About us, without us? Some thoughts about Asia-Pacific Diplomacy in Transition Debate on the Pacific region’s role in global geopolitics has deepened in 2018. The focus has turned to the Korean Peninsula, China-US relations, China-Pacific Island dynamics and what a...

Latest Publications

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

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