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Martyn Dunne (left), and Ian Hill have been named Adjunct Professors.


Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) has announced the appointments of two new Adjunct Professors to the Centre.

Ian Hill, a recently retired career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Martyn Dunne, CNZM, QSO, former CEO of the New Zealand Customs Service and Ministry for Primary Industries, and former New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia.

The Adjunct Professors will be guest lecturing for various courses in security and defence studies and contributing to the Centre’s National Security Journal. They will be supporting the Centre’s valuable relations with stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Defence Force, Ministry of Primary Industries and others.

The Adjunct Professors are already presenting at and facilitating several professional development courses delivered by the Centre, such as the annual Pacific Security Dynamics course with 25-30 officials from various New Zealand Government agencies and the New Zealand Defence Attaché training course.

Professor Rouben Azizian, Director for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies says, “Ian and Martyn bring a wealth of diplomatic, security and defence experience which enhances the practical relevance of academic knowledge delivered through the Centre’s programmes.

“Their affiliation with the Centre helps us maintain its prominence and reputation in New Zealand’s diplomatic community and security sector. Ian and Martyn are prolific speakers at public events and commentators in various professional publications and media.”

Mr Dunne says, “Thank you for this most distinguished opportunity. I am looking forward to assisting. I consider it a special honour and I’m humbled to have been asked.”

Mr Hill  says, “I was delighted and honoured to accept the position of Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University. I have considerable respect for the quality of Massey as an institution of higher learning, and the high calibre of the graduates it has produced over many decades.

“In my role of Adjunct Professor, I look forward to contributing actively to the work of the Centre, particularly by providing practical advice and insights to students and staff, drawing on my lengthy and varied experience as a senior career diplomat in the New Zealand foreign service.”

Martyn Dunne

Martyn John Dunne, CNZM, QSO is a retired New Zealand Army officer, diplomat and senior public servant. He was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia based in Canberra from 2011 until 2013, and Controller of Customs and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Customs Service from 2004–2011.

During his Customs appointment he concurrently held the role of Chair of the World Customs Organisaton (WCO). He was Director General/CEO of the Ministry for Primary Industries, a position he held from 2011-2018, and holds a variety of directorships and consults across a wide range of public and private sector interests. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Mr Dunne began his career with the New Zealand Army in 1970 and retired in 2004 as Commander Joint Forces New Zealand with the rank of major general.

In 1999, he led the New Zealand Force in East Timor during New Zealand’s largest deployment since World War II, and as the Senior National Officer and with the rank of brigadier, commanded the Dili Command, an operational formation in the International Force East Timor, until 2000.

Ian Hill

Ian Hill retired in July 2020 after spending 42 years as a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He returned in February at the conclusion of his third diplomatic posting in Moscow, Russia – twice as Ambassador. Mr Hill served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Russia (accredited also to Belarus, Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) from mid-2016 to 2020. This followed an earlier ambassadorial appointment in Moscow from 2009 to 2012.

He has also served as Deputy Ambassador in Washington DC, United States, from 2004 – 2009, and High Commissioner to Tonga (1995-1998). Earlier diplomatic postings include London, United Kingdom and Suva, Fiji.

Mr Hill’s most recent senior assignment in Wellington was as Director for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2012 to 2016.  He also served as the Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser from 1993 to 1995.

He has both Bachelors and Masters (First Class Honours) degrees in History from the University of Canterbury. He has participated in senior leadership development programmes at Harvard University (2008) and Macquarie University (2000). 

About the Centre for Defence and Security Studies

The Centre for Defence and Security Studies is part of Massey’s School of People, Environment and Planning in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre offers Aotearoa New Zealand’s only specialist education in defence and security studies, as well as multidisciplinary research at the centre of power, law, human rights, and political resistance. It also looks at the impact of violence, securitisation and coercion on individuals, groups and nations.

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