Our country, our region

Expertise and leadership to advance New Zealand’s economic, political and cultural relations with the Asia-Pacific region.

What we do

Hear about Victoria’s capability in advancing New Zealand’s relations with the Asia-Pacific region—watch the video from theme chair Professor Bob Buckle.

Enabling our Asia-Pacific trading nation

The Asia-Pacific region has increasing relevance for New Zealand. Many of our most important economic trading partners are located in the region, and especially on the Pacific Rim. Politically and culturally, our ties to the Asia-Pacific are strengthening and deepening.

Victoria University is ideally positioned to be New Zealand’s internationally recognised centre for expertise, learning, engagement and capacity building for advancing our economic relations with the Asia-Pacific. We are undertaking research, teaching and analysis that addresses contemporary issues and challenges. Our breadth of knowledge and diverse expertise allows us to take a holistic approach in these areas, further enabling New Zealand to be a significant force in the Asia-Pacific region.



Asia-Pacific security-economics nexus and New Zealand’s interests

This project will explore how security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region may change economic behaviour and how emerging economic priorities affect security choices and behaviour before looking at the implications these trends have for New Zealand. Led by:


New Zealand in the Asia-Pacific economy

This project looks at the changing relationship between the Asia-Pacific economy and New Zealand's economic relations and policy with the region, and reports a preliminary investigation of how regional economic forces and factors have distributed and where they moved over the past 20 years, and how they affect NZ's economy, society, policy and politics today. Led by:


Motivations and Disincentives in Studying the Languages of the Asia-Pacific

This project aims to understand the decline in the study of second languages in New Zealand despite frequent reminders from government, academics and national organisations about the need for expertise in the languages of the Asia-Pacific region. Led by: