National Office and branch activities.

On 6 May Rebecca Kitteridge, the director-general of security, New Zealand Security and Intelligence Service, addressed a meeting at Victoria University of Wellington on 'Navigating Domestic Security Threats in a World of Uncertainty'.

On 22 June Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy addressed the NZIIA in Wellington on 'Reflections on the International Dimensions of her Role as Governor-General'. (The text of her address can be found above.)

The NZIIA's conference 'Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region' was held on 14 July. Its key themes were geopolitics, sustainability, geo-economics and inclusion. (The prime minister's speech to the conference and a conference report are to be found elsewhere in this issue.)

The NZIIA's new website went live on 26 July. It can be found at

Auckland The following meetings were held: 13 Apr Hon Phil Goff (mayor of Auckland), 'The Impact of Covid-19 on Auckland City's International Economy and on the Council'. 22 Apr Chris Penk MP (National Party spokesperson for defence), 'Initial Views on Defence Policy'. 28 Apr HE Stefan Krawielicki (German ambassador in New Zealand), 'Change of Perspective--Sharing Experiences From More Than 30 Years of Diplomatic Life'. This meeting was in conjunction with Auckland University's Europe Institute. 6 May HE Fernando Curcio (Spanish ambassador in New Zealand), 'The European Union and Spain: Our Future Ahead'. 24 May Andrew Bridgman (Secretary of Defence), 'Reflections of the Government's Lead Civilian Adviser on Defence Matters'. 27 May HE Patricia Forsythe (Australian high commissioner), 'Australia in the World and Across the Tasman'. 14 Jun Simon O'Connor MP (MP for Tamaki), 'The National Party's Perspective on Foreign Affairs'. 12 Jul HE George Dolidze (Georgia's ambassador to New Zealand), 'The View from Tbilisi'. 19 Jul Ms Golriz Ghahraman MP (Green Party list MP), 'A Green Party Perspective on Foreign Policy'. Christchurch

On 22 June Dr Nick Smith (associate professor of international studies, University of Nottingham), 'The Importance of Bona Fide Friendships to International Politics: China's Quest for Friendships That Matter'.

Hawke's Bay The following meetings were held: 20 May Prof Paul Spoonley, Massey University, addressed the branch on 'The Changing Relationship Between China and New Zealand: People Matter'. 17 Jun Andrew Renton-Green (associate fellow, CSS), 'International Terrorism: What Does it Mean to New...

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