Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Pacific

This project focusses on the role of sovereign funds (SFs) in the Pacific. The series of reports document the different types of Pacific Island SFs and sets the broad context and economic case for these funds. The research includes the very small Island nations in Polynesia and Micronesia, as well as the larger and more populous Melanesian Islands such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

SINxOPSIS – The Solomon Islands National Ocean Planning Spatial Information System: Spatial decision support tools for seaweed aquaculture planning in the Solomon Islands

This report outlines the spatial decision support tools developed to help planners and policy makers in the Solomon Islands identify sites suitable for seaweed cultivation and demonstrates how innovative technology and local expertise can be integrated to provide ongoing support for planning, investment and community engagement.

Polynesian Pathways to a Future Without Electricity Grids

This is a desk-based research project conducted in New Zealand on whether distributed generation has the technical and economic potential to replace distribution networks in Pacific Island countries. The research demonstrates variable, but positive, net present values for a range of different types of solar installations in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

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

This research promotes the use of biblical texts as a response to gender-based violence (GBV). This research positions GBV as a concern for churches and offers generative resources to support discussion of ways in which churches might take leadership as part of the solution.


NZIPR Oceans & Islands Conference, Pacific people are relational people

NZIPR Oceans & Islands Conference, Pacific people are relational people

Through an academic exchange arrangement between the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) and the PNG APEC Study Centre, I had the opportunity to present my research at the NZIPR Oceans & Islands Conference held at the University of Auckland on 29-30 November 2018. My research paper titled ‘Accessing secure customary land for commercial opportunities in Papua New Guinea’ was amongst other research papers presented under the theme of ‘Pacific environments and extractive industries: managing land and natural resources’.

Thank you for another year with NZIPR!

Thank you for another year with NZIPR!

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 conference. Thank 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.

Mapping Foreign Assistance in the Pacific

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.

Otago Foreign Policy School 2018

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 shift to ‘Indo-Pacific’ as a descriptor means. Regional security cooperation, ongoing regional and trans-regional trade negotiations, have also formed a big part of the picture.




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.

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