On 1 March 2018, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters delivered a speech to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, signalling a significant shift in foreign policy towards the Pacific Islands region. Since then, debates concerning New Zealand foreign policy and aid with the Pacific Islands countries have been reinvigorated. The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is bringing together a group of scholars from the University of Auckland who have long-standing but diverse research experience in the Pacific to discuss New Zealand’s Pacific orientated foreign policy agenda. More broadly they will consider “Where in the world is the Pacific?”

NZIPR invites you to attend this critical conversation seminar. It will introduce Georgina Roberts, newly appointed Director of Pacific Connections from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to some senior researchers at the University of Auckland who have undertaken research in the Pacific in the areas of Pacific history, social anthropology, trade law, physical geography, and gender and development.

Fale Pasifika Complex, University of Auckland
Thursday 14 June 2018
4.00 – 6.00pm
Light refreshments will be provided
RSVP by 11 June

Speakers include:

Georgina Roberts Director of Pacific Connections, MFAT
Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem NZIPR Director and Development Studies, University of Auckland
Associate Professor Damon Salesa Pacific Studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland
Dr. Lisa Uperesa Senior Lecturer Pacific Studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland
Dr Mark Busse Senior Lecturer Anthropology, University of Auckland
Associate Professor Chris Noonan Associate Dean Postgraduate International in the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland
Professor Paul Kench Head of School of Environment, University of Auckland

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