National Office and branch activities.
The NZIIA's conference, The Law of the Jungle: How Can New Zealand Navigate Global Disruption?', on 27 February was a resounding success, with 315 attendees. The keynote address by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem is to be found elsewhere in this issue. Among the 30 speakers was the president of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Allan Gyngell AO.
On 15 March Yukio Okamoto, former special advisor to the prime minister of Japan, led a discussion at a meeting in Wellington on 'Stepping Up: Japan's New Role in the South Pacific'.
Luke Qun JP, an international trade manager with one of New Zealand's leading banks, has taken over as acting treasurer, following the death of Prof Athol Mann last November.
Hon Rimbink Pato, Papua New Guinea's minister of foreign affairs and trade, gave an address on 'Pacific Reset, Perspective from Papua New Guinea' at a meeting at Parliament on 28 March.
On 9 April Dr Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Centre in Moscow, led a discussion at the Wellington Club on 'Getting Russia Right'.
The following meetings were held:
6 Mar Sir David Baragwanath QC (an appellate judge for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), 'The Potential of International Law: A View from the Hague'. This meeting was held in association with the International Law Association's Auckland Sub-Branch, and the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law.
7 Mar Allan Gyngell AO (national president, Australian Institute of International Affairs), "The Uncertainty Principle: New Zealand and Australia in a Changing World'. This meeting was held with the support of the Australian High Commission in New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
4 Apr Dr Reuben Steff (Political Science and Public Policy Programme, University of Waikato), 'On the Razor's Edge? New Zealand's Balancing Act between the United States and China'.
On 1 March Allan Gyngell AO addressed the branch on 'The Uncertainty Principle: New Zealand and Australia in a Changing World'.
Sue Judd resigned from her role running the branch. Officeholders now are as follows:
Committee--Richard Griffin, Oke Blaikie
On 23 March Simon Draper, the executive director of the Asia New Zealand...