NZAI annual reports

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

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008/2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002


The New Zealand Asia Institute was active on different fronts in 2019. As well as a busy schedule of seminars and conferences, we also undertook a signficant new research project and engaged in a review process designed to ensure we remain relevant and optimally focused. 

NZAI annual report 2019


The New Zealand Asia Institute had a busy and fruitful year in 2018. We introduced some changes within the Institute and engaged widely with different stakeholders and collaborators.

One significant new development was the formation of a Strategic Advisory Board. I am delighted that we have been able to welcome on board a top-notch group of leaders committed to enhancing relationships between New Zealand and Asia. The Advisors, introduced below in this report, represent a broad range of perspectives and have already enhanced our activities in many ways.

NZAI annual report 2018 e-book


The New Zealand Asia Institute had an eventful year in 2017. We celebrated several achievements and also mourned the loss of a longstanding colleague, Nicolas Tarling. Our annual flagship student Asia Savvy conference was held in September, with the inspiring theme of “Asia Sustainably”, which attracted participation from students across the campus and saw the conference committee commit to holding our first sustainable conference. As described in the report below, we had the extraordinary pleasure of planting a rare rātā tree, which we hope will thrive and grow in the small area of forest beside the Business School.

NZAI annual report 2017
(6.2 MB, PDF)


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.

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


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2012
(396.4 kB, PDF)


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2011
(1.2 MB, PDF)


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2010
(3.0 MB, PDF)


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.


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2007
(1.8 MB, PDF)


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2006
(624.1 kB, PDF)


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.

NZAI Annual Report 2005
(382.5 kB, PDF)


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).

NZAI Annual Report 2004
(307.6 kB, PDF)


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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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.

NZAI Annual Report 2002
(312.8 kB, PDF)