National Office and Branch Activities
On 10 October 2008 the National Ofrice collaborated with the University of Canterbury in staging an all-day seminar at the Art Gallery, Christchurch, to formally launch the University of Canterbury New Zealand-Australia Research Centre. Around 100 attended. (A report on this seminar will be carried in our next issue.)
On 6 November Professor Amitabh Mattoo (Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University and an international affairs expert) addressed an NZIIA meeting at Victoria University of Wellington on 'India's Foreign Policy and Asia'. Next day the NZIIA hosted a three-member delegation from the Indian Council of World Affairs that included Mattoo. The other Indian participants were Ambassador Ashok Kumar (Acting Director-General ICWA) and Ambassador S.J.S Chatwal (former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs and former Chairman of the Indian Public Service Commission).
On 10 November an interactive lecture 'Cartooning Elections and Political Leadership' was given by visiting cartoonists in Wellington for the Cartoonists for Peace Conference. The cartoonists involved were Alan Moir (Sydney Herald), Jim Morin (Miami Herald), Nicholas Vadot (Belgium), Malcolm Evans (New Zealand freelance), Jean Plantureux (Le Monde), and Tom Scott (Dominion Post).
On 9 October two members of the United Nations Youth Association, Richard Evans and Erin Jackson, joined two branch members, Marie Peters and Roy Holmes, to form a panel to discuss, under the chairmanship of David McIntyre, three questions:
* It has been said that multilateralism was an interesting experiment of the twentieth century, and that, if it had any relevance, it has been greatly diminished. Do you agree? If multilateralism cedes to some other way of ordering the global community, what is it--and why might it be preferable?
* Is there a case for uninvited humanitarian interventions in countries that are grossly abusing their peoples' human rights? Who gets to decide?
* What effect does generational shift in the exercise of political power (eg from generations who grew up in the world wars or the Cold War), have on the tackling of international and global problems?
On 28 October Rod Oram (an international financial journalist) addressed the branch on 'Globalisation and New Zealand Business Challenges and Opportunities'.
On 15 October David Keegan (Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Wellington) spoke on 'America and New Zealand: a Growing Bond'. …