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The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs is thrilled to announce that their National Conference, ‘Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region’, is at full capacity.

To be held next month in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence and the Ministry of Defence, this year’s Conference will explore the factors shaping the future of the Indo-Pacific Region and New Zealand’s relationship with it.

Melanie Thornton, the Executive Director of the Institute says “The Indo-Pacific region is changing fast due to shifting power dynamics and economic and trade patterns in addition to the on-going impacts of COVID-19. This conference will explore some of the themes and issues shaping the future of the region and why it’s an enormously important region for this country.”

“Standing in the Future” is set to be a highly interactive and engaging conference, enabling renowned thinkers to discuss and explore these factors. A range of experts from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Chile will be speaking. The keynote address will be from the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister for National Security and Intelligence. She will discuss the geopolitical and economic significance of the region for NZ.

Amongst others supporting the conference is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Deputy Chief Executive – Policy at the Ministry, Ben King says, “We congratulate NZIIA on the inclusion of regional thought leaders in this important discussion, along with the inclusion of a large cohort of younger people who will be at the forefront of our relationships with the
Indo-Pacific region in the future.”

The three Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence are also partners of the conference and will be supporting a large group of young people to attend. “By making it possible for tertiary students interested in our regions to attend this important conference we are building their knowledge, connecting them to thought leaders, and broadening the dimensions of New Zealand’s engagement with the Asia-Pacific.”

The Standing in the Future 2021 Conference will be held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on Wednesday 14 the July.

For further information on the sessions, speakers and programme, please visit the conference website: