Standing in the future of a region such as the Indo-Pacific isn’t about predicting the future but it is about imagining, anticipating and exploring the long-term issues or challenges shaping the future of the region. This is the framework for our conference.

The Indo-Pacific region is changing fast not only because of the effects of great power dynamics, economic and trade patterns, climate change, sustainability, demographic and social changes, but also due to the on-going impacts of Covid-19. Regional cooperation will be a key factor in managing and mitigating the political, economic, social and environmental uncertainty created by these trends. This is particularly so for small countries such as New Zealand. APEC is one of the key regional organisations with a role to play in this region and with New Zealand hosting APEC in 2021 we are in a key position to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the region.

With the key themes of Geopolitics, Sustainability, Geo-Economics and Inclusion, the NZIIA conference 2021 brought together renowned thinkers and experts, Indo-Pacific speakers, members of the diplomatic community, government agencies and academics. But it also brought together more young people and businesses who may benefit from a broader understanding of the dynamics shaping the Indo-Pacific region. 



The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.

NZIIA fosters wider understanding of international issues, trading partnerships and relationships with other countries. It does this by creating a programme of events and initiatives that enable audiences to hear a range of speakers with various viewpoints. It hosts public addresses by visiting experts and dignitaries, roundtable events including Track II dialogues, and generates an annual conference. Branches around the country host a lively programme of events and the National Office has been hosting a range of events in both Wellington for some years and in Auckland over the last year.

NZIIA’s main communications platforms are the website, social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the NZ International Review. This publication has been in existence for 44 years. It is the only national magazine exclusively devoted to international issues as they affect New Zealand. It is available for all members as part of their subscription and to students at universities in New Zealand. 

The National Office is housed at Rutherford House, Level 3, Pipitea campus, Victoria University of Wellington. It has a very close relationship with the University both in the context of organising seminars and in arranging venues for lectures.



As a result of the special circumstances presented by COVID-19 and the associated government restrictions on gatherings in Alert Level 2 and higher, the 2021 NZIIA conference will be cancelled in the event of an Alert Level 2 (or higher). 

If the New Zealand government announces an Alert Level 2 (or higher) affecting the conference date and the conference venue (Te Papa, Wellington) we will notify you by email immediately and any registration fee will be immediately refunded to the payment method and account used at the time of booking. 

Please note the conference will not be rescheduled if this policy applies.

Other cancellation by NZIIA

NZIIA reserves the right to cancel the conference at any time and at its sole discretion. In the event of such cancellation, NZIIA will refund any registration fees to the payment method and account used at the time of booking and this refund shall be the full extent of NZIIA’s liability to the delegate arising out of such cancellation. In the event of cancellation, NZIIA will use reasonable endeavours to alert those who have booked to attend the event. Details of any cancellation will be posted on the conference website. Delegates are responsible for checking this information prior to the event.


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