VILLA organises and hosts a range of events and visits. Find out details of past and planned events.

Upcoming events


Past visits 

Jaime Bermudez—Foreign Minister of Colombia, in conjunction with NZIIA, March 16, 2010. 

Daniele Olivera—Professor of Political Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2009. 

Jorge Forteza—Prime Minister's Fellow 2008, Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, June 2008.

Elvis Parraguez Vergara—Visiting PhD candidate, IEUT, Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile, October-December 2008.

Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca—Professor of Economics, IBMEC, São Paulo, Brazil, September 2008.

Jose Antonio Cousino—Chief of Rapa Nui Unit, Chilean Ministry of External Relations, June 2008.

Jonathan Barton—Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile, April 2005.

Robert Gwynne—University of Birmingham, April 2005.

Past Events

“Kiwis, Jaguars and Dragons”—New Zealand, Latin America and the Rise of China

6 December 2013

An international seminar reflecting on the remarkable growth of China’s global impact and how this is affecting policy directions and economic trends in Latin America and New Zealand. Read the event programme.

VILLA Occasional Lecture Seminar: Brazil and the Global Economy

8 May 2013

Speaker: PM’s Fellow from Brazil, Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Secretary of Foreign Trade of the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.

Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres is Brazil's Secretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. She graduated with a degree in law and international relations, with a specialisation in foreign trade. She holds a master's degree in international law and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Brasilia and Georgetown University. After entering the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade’s professional body as a foreign trade analyst, she became an official of the United Nations in Geneva. In this position, she worked on international trade issues and on the implementation of foreign trade policy in several countries representing the International Trade Centre (ITC). At Apex-Brazil, she coordinated the international sector, later becoming the general manager. She also worked as an international relations consultant for the Industrial Development Brazilian Agency (ABDI). She has experience as a professor and has published several books on international trade.

AILASA 10th Biennial Conference

4–7 July 2012

The Association of Iberian & Latin American Studies of Australasia present “Centring the Margins: Reconfiguring the map of knowledge in Humanities and Sciences in the Iberian and Latin world.” View the conference website.

Stout/VILLA Conference: “Parallel Pasts, Convergent Futures? Comparing New Zealand, Iberia and Latin America”.

3–4 September 2010

A Stout Research Centre/Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America conference, Victoria University of Wellington.

Fourth VILLA International Seminar

13–14 October 2010

VILLA Lecture Series: ‘Biofuels in Brazil’

19 April 2010

Padre Thorlby, Brazil 

Third VILLA International Seminar: “Environment and Development in Latin America—Challenges for Co-operation”

22 October 2009

Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington. View this event’s programme

Geography, Environment and Development Seminar Series, “Global Value Chains and Rural Livelihoods: The case of Chilean smallholder raspberry growers”.

1 October 2009

Ed Challies, PhD candidate, SGEES, VUW. Room CO304, 4:00-5:00pm. View the conference programme.

VILLA Lecture Series: “Racial Politics in Revolutionary Cuba”

27 August 2009 

Dr Carlos Uxó, La Trobe University, Melbourne. View details of the talk and read a biography of the speaker

Cristian Cuturrufo Group jazz performance

5 March 2009 

At the New Zealand School of Music. Cristian Cuturrufo is one of Latin America’s leading jazz musicians and was in New Zealand for the International Jazz Festival. The NZSM performance was organised by the Embassy of Chile and VILLA.

Victoria University of Wellington and Mexican Government MOU signed

30 January 2009

The memorandum provides for an annual Chair for a visiting Professor from Mexico from 2010. The agreement was signed by Ambassador Angelica Arce on behalf of the Mexican Government and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Roberto Rabel on behalf of Victoria University. 

Universidad de Chile presentation

13 December 2008 

Associate Professor Warwick Murray, Santiago de Chile. View a summary of the presentation (in Spanish). 

Chile-New Zealand Education Seminar

November 20 2008

Victoria University of Wellington. View the programme for the event.

Second VILLA International Seminar: “Changing Cultures in Latin America”

26 September 2008

Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington.

View this event’s programme, or review the speaker presentations below:

“VILLA Geographies of Development in Latin America”

3 July 2008

Specialist Sessions of the New Zealand Geographical Society 2008 Conference, Victoria University of Wellington.

Mr Jorge Forteza, Prime Minister's Fellow for 2008, hosted in association with the Latin America/New Zealand Business Council and the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs, June 11, 2008, Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce. View details of the event and a short biography of Mr Forteza.

VILLA/LABZC “Working for VILLA” Roundtable

March 2008

Majestic Centre, March 2008. View a presentation from this event

Universidad de Valparaiso Internacional visit

12 December 2007 

Associate Professor Warwick Murray, Valparaiso, Chile. View an account of the visit.

Finis Terrae University visit

December 2007

Associate Professor Warwick Murray, Santiago de Chile.

ProChile visit

29–30 November 2007

Associate Professor Warwick Murray, Iquique, Chile. View the programme for this event.

Latin America working holiday visas function

4 October 2007

Held at Victoria University. View details of this event.

Inaugural VILLA International Seminar: “Latin America Today—Challenges, Opportunities and Trans-Pacific Perspectives”

27 September 2007

Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington. View the programme for this event or see selected speaker presentations below:

  • Carlos Furche: Chile – New Zealand: A Transpacific Relationship
  • Martin Krause: NZ economic issues in some countries of South America
  • Murray Challies: Beyond Neoliberalism? Comparing New Zealand and Chile
  • Warwick Murray: BUILDING A VILLA: Victoria Institute for Linkages with Latin America

International Seminar: “Chile and New Zealand—Between Competition and Co-operation”

22 April 2005

Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington. View the programme for this event or see selected speaker seminars below:

  • Jonathan Barton: Chile and New Zealand – between competition and co-operation?
  • Robert Gwynne: The Wine Sectors of New Zealand and Chile
  • Stephen Jacobi: The Forest Sectors of New Zealand and Chile
  • Warwick Murray: NEW ZEALAND AND CHILE - Contemporary Convergence and Divergence in the context of the CEP
  • Juan Salazar: A CHILE – NEW ZEALAND CEP: The Concept of Coopetition and The Politics of Trade Liberalization

HE President R Lagos—Visiting Address

4 May 2004

Visiting address to Victoria University of Wellington.