The National Council

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The National Council AGM was held in Wellington on 4 June 2010. The NZIIA's annual dinner the previous evening at the Wellington Club was attended by 130 people. The guest speakers were John Allen, the CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and HE Paul O'Sullivan AO, Australia's High Commissioner to New Zealand. Both gave informative and entertaining addresses well-suited to the occasion. The latter's text on the absorbing theme of 'Spy Fiction: Then and Now' is to be found elsewhere in this issue. During the evening, two of the three new life members of the NZIIA were presented with their citations.

The National Council began with the report of the president. Hon Russell Marshall reflected on 2009 being the NZIIA's busiest ever year, commending the work of the National Office in particular in the development and execution of a very full programme of events to mark the NZIIA's 75th anniversary. The 39 events hosted by National Office had been very well attended, by a total of over 4200 people. The choice of topical themes, participation by a good number of senior New Zealand political and private sector leaders, and the presence at many functions of highly regarded overseas presenters had all served to enhance the NZIIA's profile. The president acknowledged support for the National Office from corporate and institutional members and in particular from MFAT and Victoria University of Wellington.

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Russell Marshall was re-elected for another term as president, which he indicated would be his last. Also re-elected were the vice president, Professor Rob Rabel, the treasurer, Professor Athol Mann, and the managing editor of the NZIR, Dr Ian McGibbon. Professor Ann Trotter stood down from the chair of the Research and Publications Committee, and Terence O'Brien was elected to the position.

The council formally confirmed the appointment of the three new life members--Professor W. David McIntyre, Gift Davidson and Ann Trotter. More details on these new life members are provided below.

Four newcomers were appointed to the Standing Committee. They were Dr Scott Campion (Chief Executive, New Zealand Meat Board/Beef and Lamb New Zealand), Adele Mason (Deputy Chief Executive, Asia-New Zealand Foundation), Susan Reynolds (a council member of Angel Capital Association, New Zealand), and Dr Jon Tanner (Chief Executive, Organics New Zealand).

Speaking to his report, the director, Brian Lynch, noted that the two-day 75th anniversary conference in October 2009 had been one of several highlights during the year. In all, the National Office programme had involved 22 public addresses and panel discussions, nine conferences and seminars, four in-house roundtable meetings, and four book launches. It was planned to publish two volumes of proceedings and presentations to provide a permanent record of the anniversary activity. Unsurprisingly, revenue and operational expenses had been at record levels. A substantial portion of the 'surplus' for 2009 of over $10,000 would be committed to the two anniversary publications.

Reports were also received from NZIR Managing Editor Ian McGibbon and the chair of the Research and Publications Committee, Ann Trotter. The former noted that the magazine, thanks to a hefty copyright payment from the United States, had almost broken even--a result matched only once previously in the last three decades. He noted that recently two special issues--on defence and Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall--had been produced. Professor Trotter also referred to the publications that would be forthcoming shortly from the 75th anniversary lecture series and seminar programme.

Representatives were present from all branches except Dunedin and reported on their respective branch activities: Jian Yang (Auckland), Dov Bing (Hamilton), Tadashi Iwami (Palmerston North), Ken Aldred (Hawke's Bay), Scott Thomson (Wairarapa), Peter Nichols (Wellington), Alec McKinnon (Christchurch) and Brian Foley (Timaru). …