• 14 JULY 2021
9.20 AM


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand
10.00 AM

US perspectives on the Indo-Pacific

Dr Kurt M. Campbell
US National Security Council Coordinator for the Indo Pacific
10.35 AM


11.00 AM


What’s in a Name – where is the power being exerted in the Indo-Pacific region and how are countries responding to that power?
China and the US are the two major players exerting power in the Indo-Pacificf region. Different countries and key regional bodies are providing some new approaches in responding to those powers. China's ongoing global ascendance is continuing to strain the existing structure of relations within the region. While the odds of military conflict between states are low, conflict within states is rising. Many of the new security challenges are transnational in origin and nature, and no nation can combat them alone. Implications for New Zealand’s strategic direction in the region may be significant as it looks at these changing dynamics.
Moderator Professor Steven Ratuva Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies
Dewi Fortuna Anwar - Research Professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences
Nicholas Khoo - Associate Professor Otago University
Ben Bland - Director, Southeast Asia Program, Lowy Institute
Professor Anne-Marie Brady - Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Canterbury University
11.00 AM


How to ensure inclusive growth for all – what happens if we don’t get it right?
Despite decades of economic growth and improving living standards in the Asia Pacific region, the distribution of the economic pie is far from equitable, with negative ramifications for many in terms of access to health, education and economic opportunities. Are there wider policies that can help mitigate this growing gap and restore the social licence around trade agreements? Many Asian and Latin American countries have far to go in making their societies more inclusive to women, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQIA community. How can they move towards greater levels of inclusion and equality? And what is the fate of migrant workers and their communities across the region following the impacts of Covid 19.
Moderator Jerry He - Founding Chairman Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition
Kayo Sakey - Chair, NZ Asian Leaders Wellington & Superdiversity Institute Council Member
Jorge Sahd - Director Centre for International Studies, University of Chile
Olivia Shen - Founder and Managing Director - OS Consulting
Teresa Tepania-Ashton - CEO of Maori Women’s Development Incorporated
12.25 PM


1.25 PM


What is New Zealand’s place in the evolving Asia-Pacific economy? New Zealand’s economic partners – who are they to us and who are we to them?
New Zealand has benefited hugely from trade with the Asia-Pacific region. But many exporters are likely to face tougher environmental and animal welfare market requirements from Asian consumers. A significant number of talented Kiwis have travelled overseas and stayed there leaving a hole in the talent pool within New Zealand. How do we get New Zealand returnees from the Asia-Pacific to return and contribute more to New Zealand? How can NZ stop leaking talent, investment and value to East Asia? How has Covid changed the reputational/competitive position of New Zealand within the Asia-Pacific region and what are the ongoing repercussions of Covid for the many economies in the region?
Moderator Dr Alan Bollard - Professor of Practice at the School of Government
Sarah Salmond - Corporate Partner MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Brad Olsen - Senior Economist and Director at Infometrics
Professor Siah Hwee Ang - Professor of International Business and Strategy at Victoria University
Professor Michael Baker - Professor in the Department of Public Health, University of Otago
1.25 PM


Meeting environmental sustainability challenges in the Indo-Pacific
Higher temperatures, sea level rise and extreme weather events linked to climate change are having a major impact on the Indo-Pacific region. They are resulting in harming its economies, natural and physical assets and compounding developmental challenges, including poverty, food, water and energy security and health. Many countries in the region are geographically vulnerable and highly exposed to the damaging impacts of climate change. Is enough being done to manage the enormous impacts ahead? The increased volume of COVID-19 medical waste, particularly from single-use plastics and their improper management, could intensify environmental degradation in the region. Who should take the lead to kickstart processes for slowing down these impacts as the battle with COVID-19 continues to affect countries in the region?
Moderator Jay Marlowe - Associate Professor and co-Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies
Ryley Webster - Operations Manager VSA
Her Excellency Nina Obermaier - Ambassador of the European Union to New Zealand
Professor Andreas Neef - Professor in Development Studies at University of Auckland
Dr Sung-Young Kim - Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University
2.45 PM


3.15 PM


Regional fault lines and flash points and New Zealand’s role
Human security is essential to growth and prosperity and economic stability enables better preparation for and more efficient responses to, attacks or disasters. Security challenges in Asia include military tensions around flash-points such as the South China Sea, Taiwan Straits and the Korean Peninsula. Are the regional cooperation organisations and agreements sufficient to face not only security threats but other threats as well? How are Australia and New Zealand working together and separately in the region regarding security issues and humanitarian activities?
Moderator Professor Robert Patman - Professor of International Relations, University of Otago
Dr Oriana Skylar Mastro - Center Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)
Nguyen Khac Giang - Vietnamese writer and researcher and PhD candidate Victoria University
Dr Huong Le Thu - Senior Analyst at Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra
Dr Reuben Steff - Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Waikato
3.15 PM


How will the Asia-Pacific economy grow and trade in the future, and what is APEC’s role?
The World Bank has estimated almost 50 million people will fall back into extreme poverty as a result of Covid-19. With digital advancements for some and digital exclusion for others, how are countries managing these changes and challenges? Does the Asia-Pacific region have a future as a coherent geo-economic region and are institutions like APEC and ASEAN enough to keep it relevant? Can New Zealand balance its East Asian and Western bloc interests and how important will RCEP be for trade and regional integration? With many Maori-based industries developing stronger economic ties with Asia are there lessons for the wider New Zealand economy in how to better diversify from a commodity-led exporter to a higher value-based exporter?
Moderator Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart - Director NZ Asia Institute and Professor at University of Auckland
Associate Professor Rob Scollay - Director of NZ APEC Study Centre, University of Auckland
Stephanie Honey - Associate Director, New Zealand International Business Forum
Nikora Ngaporo - Founder of Nikora Ngaropo Media Design (NNMD)
Gabrielle Armstrong Scott 2021-2022 Graham T. Allison Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
4.40 PM


Professor David Capie
Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University
Dr Capie will provide closing remarks for the conference with some valuable insights for New Zealand going forwards.