We are extremely proud to be wrapping up another successful year at the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research. Last month we hosted over 120 delegates and fantastic keynote speakers from around the Pacific region at the Oceans and Islands 2018 conferenceThank you to everyone who participated and contributed to making our first conference a memorable experience. You can view our live tweets from the conference and some images from each day here.

Dr David Gegeo, Solomon Islands National University

Conference delegates from the University of Waikato: Maa’imoa Mafile’o, ‘Elisapesi Havea, Nicc Moeono, Jessica Pasisi

Our good friends from Pacific Media Centre AUT also captured some fantastic highlights from Day 1 and Day 2. As we noted in our November newsletter, we also live-streamed our plenary sessions (123) which are available online. These are intense and informative hour-long viewings, so make sure you whip up a warm cuppa and grab your notebook to record some insights into these various research topics explored by our keynotes.

Reflecting on this year, it has been very busy as we had several new NZIPR research projects running. Our diverse range of projects included developing GIS systems to improve seaweed farming, increasing our understanding of GBV and the role of church, exploring renewable energy solutions and many more. We are excited for the findings of these projects and are looking forward to sharing these in the new year – stay tuned!

On our mandate to increase Pacific research capacity, we awarded 3 one-off $10,000 grants to assist post-graduate students from each of the consortium universities and provided ‘Mixed Methods in Social Research Short Course Scholarships’ for students to undertake a 5-day course in collaboration with the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN). Congratulations to our inspiring academic recipients.

Across the year we have collaborated with a number of institutions, communities, and key people who have a strong interest in Pacific research and our people at heart. Reinvigorating these connections have like the weaving of traditional mats, highlighted that we must weave our knowledge and expertise together to create a brighter future for the Pacific.

In saying that, we are grateful for your support and thank you all for an amazing year. Manuia te Kilihimahi and Happy Holidays!

Faafetai lava,
The team at NZIPR