News and events

Find out the latest news from the DIPLO project and upcoming events

31 May 2023

European expert visiting New Zealand

Diplo is pleased to welcome its first European expert visit to New Zealand Professor Richard Whitman (University of Kent).

Richard will be delivering 3 public talks at the following times and venues:

1. Friday June 2, 2pm at the NCRE James Logie Room 613, University of Canterbury 

2. Tuesday June 6, 5:40pm at Rutherford House (Lecture Theatre 2 Victoria University of Wellington) The death of Global Britain? A new normal in UK foreign policy

3. Thursday June 8 at the NZIIA Annual Conference, Pullman Hotel, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Prof Richard Whitman 

May 11th, 2023

Article Published

A new article has been published by Dr Serena Kelly and Dr Mathew Doidge. Beyond Trade: The European Union – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement examines the potential benefits of the FTA beyond the economic bottom line.

September 14th, 2022

6th Development Summary Released

Our sixth DIPLO Development Summary, ‘EU-Pacific Relations and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent’ is now available. In July 2022, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) launched its 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent setting out regional priorities and inviting development partners to engage with a Pacific vision for their future. In this context, Dr Mathew Doidge reflects on the development relationship of the European Union with the Pacific Island states, and the possibility for reframing that the Blue Pacific Strategy offers.

Read more: EU-Pacific Development Relations

14 July, 2022

EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement

An article by Dr Serena Kelly and Dr Mathew Doidge on the recently announced EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement has been published in The Conversation. A trade deal with the EU makes sense for NZ, but what’s in it for Europe? Symbolically, a lot.

3rd May, 2022

Ukraine, and the EU’s 2004 Eastern Enlargement

Dr Mathew Doidge and Dr Serena Kelly’s analysis of Ukraine’s EU membership aspirations, viewed through the lens of the 18th anniversary of the Union’s ‘big bang’ enlargement to the Central and Eastern European Countries in 2004, has been published in The Conversation. Understanding Ukraine’s symbolic fight to return to Europe, as the EU marks 18 years since its ‘big bang’ enlargement

23rd February, 2022

Dr Serena Kelly – NZPSA Conference

On February 9 2022, Serena Kelly presented at the virtual New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) conference. The title of the paper was: ‘Power dynamics and the EU–NZ FTA’ and drew on some preliminary results from DIPLO’s on-going media analysis of the EU in New Zealand. With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

4th April, 2022

Shock and Abandonment? New Zealand, Britain and European Community enlargement, 1960-1985

On 4 April 2022, DIPLO, in cooperation with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the European Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (ESAANZ) hosted a presentation by NZIIA President Dr Hamish McDougall examining New Zealand’s political and diplomatic relationships with Britain and the enlarged European Community in historical perspective.

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