NZAI annual reports

New Zealand Asia Institute Annual Reports are available for download below.

2016


During 2016 NZAI embarked on several new initiatives as well as continuing its established programmes of research and outreach. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the MSA Charitable Trust in advancing our activities in 2016. I took up the director’s position in August, following on from the leadership of Professor James Sun in the first half of the year. Our study centres were led by Professors Mark Mullins (Japan), David Robb (China), Richard Phillips (Korea) and myself (Southeast Asia). We also welcomed Dr Yuri Seo as Acting Director of the Korea Study Centre towards the end of the year.

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NZAI annual report 2016.pdf
(989.6 kB, PDF)

2012


The year 2012 was a fast-paced and productive for the New Zealand Asia Institute (NZAI). It continued to grow its research programme, develop its collaborative partnerships locally and internationally, and build its staff capacity. It participated in the official celebrations of the 60th, 50th and 40th anniversaries of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Japan, Korea, and China respectively, and brought a well-appreciated literary and conceptual depth to those gala events. NZAI’s academic contributions to the commemoration of those historic landmarks in New Zealand’s engagement with Asia will be published in 2013-2014.

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NZAI Annual Report 2012
(396.4 kB, PDF)

2011


The year 2011 reaped pleasing results in growing its externally funded research projects, developing its collaborative partnerships locally and internationally, and building its staff capacity. First and foremost, it secured a substantial grant from the Japan Foundation for a three-year joint project with the School of Asian Studies, entitled Re-discovering and Re-engaging Japan. The grant will partially fund for three years a professor of Japanese Studies in the School of Asian Studies, a post-doctoral fellow in NZAI, an international conference in New Zealand and related publications, and an enhanced Japan component in the NZAIS database.

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NZAI Annual Report 2011
(1.2 MB, PDF)

2010


In 2010 the New Zealand Asia Institute further expanded activities in support of its mandate, which is to contribute to Asia-related policy deliberations in New Zealand, to develop interdisciplinary research of national relevance, to enhance collaborative relationships with leading institutions throughout the region and to affirm The University of Auckland as the nation’s leading university in Asia. Supported by the University’s Business School, the Institute continued to sharpen the business focus of its research portfolio.

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NZAI Annual Report 2010
(3.0 MB, PDF)

2008/2009


The most significant strategic and institutional development concerning the New Zealand Asia Institute in 2008-09 was its relocation in The University of Auckland Business School, both physically and administratively. This move did not change the Institute’s core objectives.

2007


The most significant strategic development concerning the Institute in 2007 is the endorsement by the Advisory Board of the Institute‟s Strategic plan, 2007-2010. The Strategic Plan clearly articulates that the Institute aspires to become a leading research centre on Asia in the Pacific Rim, which focuses on developing, nationally and internationally, collaborative research projects addressing and serving the needs of both the public and the private sectors in New Zealand. In so doing, it seeks to contribute to national strategic, social and economic policy development in New Zealand‟s engagement with the Asia-Pacific region and to enhance the international standing of the University of Auckland.

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NZAI Annual Report 2007
(1.8 MB, PDF)

2006


Anew strategic orientation of the Institute was initiated in 2006. Coupled with the affirmation of the Institute’s new statement, the University appointed a new director to the Institute in February, after an extensive international search. Professor Yongjin Zhang, a China and International Relations specialist, took up his appointment on 1 July to lead the Institute in its new development. Prior to joining the Institute, Professor Zhang served as the Head of the School of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland.

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NZAI Annual Report 2006
(624.1 kB, PDF)

2005


In 2005, the Institute focused much of its attention on completing a performance review, commenced in 2004, and consolidating its budgetary position within the University. After months of vigorous negotiations with the University administration and broad consultations with related faculties and academics, the NZAI Advisory Board and relevant government agencies, the Institute put forward a strategic plan for the next five years and convinced the University to continue providing its operational budget for that same period.

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NZAI Annual Report 2005
(382.5 kB, PDF)

2004


The Institute began 2004 with a change of leadership. In February, Dr James Kember, who had directed the NZAI for two and a half years, returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as its Director of Information and Public Affairs. Since the Institute was still in the middle of an operational review, the University decided to postpone making a new permanent appointment and appointed Professor Barry Gustafson as the Acting Director. Professor Gustafson had only recently retired from the Department of Political Studies, of which he had been Head, and he had also served as the University’s Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (International).

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NZAI Annual Report 2004
(307.6 kB, PDF)

2003


One of the most significant developments in 2003, impacting on Institute activities while centred off shore, was the spread of SARS throughout parts of the Asian region. Apart from the loss of life and social impact, the economic consequences were considerable, with business and leisure travel dramatically cut back for a period of several months.

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NZAI-annual-report-2003.pdf
(362.4 kB, PDF)

2002


The Institute in 2002 saw movement in a number of new directions. Having achieved the personnel consolidation in 2001 described in the previous Annual Report, the Institute embarked on a number of important seminar programmes that focused on current issues affecting New Zealand and Asia, including the challenges for Asian communities in this country. While the study of regional developments remains a key in Institute activity, there is also a clear role in examining the impact Asia has for New Zealand domestically.

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NZAI Annual Report 2002
(312.8 kB, PDF)