National Office and branch activities.
The Standing Committee held a special meeting on 18 December to consider the appointment of a new Director. The President reported that several candidates had been interviewed, but the Selection Committee was not yet in a position to make any recommendation, other than that Bryce Harland be invited to stay on until the end of May. This was agreed. Discussions with MFAT took place after the National Office closed for the holidays, and are continuing.
On 12 December the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Phil Goff, launched the NZIIA's fourth publication for the year -- A Wise Adventure: New Zealand and the Antarctic 1923-1960 by Malcolm Templeton. Goff commended the book to all who are interested in the Antarctic.
On 13 December, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Alexander Downer, spoke to an overflow audience at the VUW Law School. His subject was `Australia and New Zealand: A Common Future in the Asia-Pacific'.
A round table discussion was held on 23 November on the results of the US elections and their implications for New Zealand. On 12 December a further discussion was held with Professor Tipene Baba, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji. Two round tables were held in February. On the 15th Professor Yang Jiemian, the Director of the Department of Asian Studies at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, led a discussion on `China and the United States in 2001'. On 27 February Professor Tsuneo Sugishita, former Editorial Director of the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan's biggest newspaper, discussed `Oceania and the East Asia'.
Phil Goff has agreed to speak at the NZIIA's 11th Annual Dinner on 11 May. The National Council will be held on the following day, Saturday 12 May, and Hon Lockwood Smith will speak on international trade after the meeting. His talk will be open to all members of the NZIIA and interested non-members.
At the September meeting Dr Therese Arseneau, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, St Mary's Univecsity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, gave a comprehensive survey of the challenges facing Canada in the new millennium. In October Dr Arthur Grimes, the Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, put forward the case for an Anzac dollar. The President of the NZIIA, Sir Kenneth Keith, addressed the November meeting on the question of whether lawyers should be interested in international affairs. …