The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research’s (NZIPR) primary goal is to promote and support excellence in Pacific Research. We are bringing together thought leaders from New Zealand and the Pacific region to an inaugural conference at the Fale Pasifika Complex on 29-30 November, 2018. The conference will showcase Pacific research from throughout the region, enhance Pacific research networks, and encourage new conversations around contemporary Pacific research modalities.
Thought leadership on Pacific issues
As a Pacific nation itself, New Zealand has a tradition of engaging independently and authentically on Pacific concerns, not as a distant actor but as whanaunga and partner. New Zealand’s record in the Pacific, as a pioneer in decolonisation, a leader in the nuclear-free campaigns, or as a builder of trust through the Regional Assistance to the Solomon Islands are proof of this leadership.
The NZIPR recognizes that in the Pacific we are successful in research and transformation when we honour our relationships in such ways: teu le va.
New Zealand has not just shaped the Pacific but been shaped by it, and our relationships and work in the Pacific have been transformative when these dimensions align. New Zealand has a special Pacific and Polynesian genealogy that it shares with its neighbours, one that impacts particularly in Auckland, where the power of these relationships manifests in the nearly 200,000 people who call both Auckland and the Pacific their home. The NZIPR is uniquely placed to build with these advantages. Jointly supported by Auckland, AUT and Otago universities, the NZIPR sits in the midst of the vast majority of New Zealand’s Pacific students, Pacific-descended academics, and a range of authentically Pacific research formations.
The NZIPR’s relationship with our partners in the Pacific underlines that meaningful research is not just extractive, but constructive. The NZIPR is committed to expanding the research capacity to understand and engage the Pacific, through research that serves the people, communities and places it engages.
This is authentic intellectual and Pacific leadership: o le ala i le pule o le tautua (the path to leadership is service).
NZIPR is led by a consortium that brings together the substantial capability of three research-intensive New Zealand universities:
- Auckland University of Technology.
- The University of Auckland.
- The University of Otago.
These universities have the capability to produce a rich and sophisticated body of new research from diverse disciplinary perspectives that charts the changing shape of Pacific Island societies, the challenges they face, and the opportunities for their future development. Together, they will also support NZIPR as an important knowledge store and transmission point within the Pacific as a whole.