New Zealand


The 30-Year Global Private Prison Experiment Has Failed

This report will look at the experiences of countries where private prisons are most heavily relied upon to show why their use is so often detrimental to all involved (except big corporations). The four countries which account for the majority of their use are the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and […]


New Zealand Parliament Passes Historic Zero Carbon Bill To Address Climate Change

The Parliament of New Zealand has passed a Bill that will establish a framework for the country to achieve zero net carbon emissions by the year 2050. The purpose of the Bill is primarily to meet New Zealand’s obligations under the Paris Agreement, where all countries who signed agreed to […]


A History Of The Pride Symbol

Symbols revolutionize social and political movements and celebrate a collective unity, community and history. Symbols define origin stories. A catalyst for the expansion of pride parades was the creation of the symbolic LGBT+ pride flag. Classification of queer people occurred throughout World War 2 by Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler adopted […]


Mosque Gunman To Have Trial In Christchurch

The defence team for the Christchurch gunman have decided not to pursue a change of venue for the trial that is set to begin in June next year. On Thursday this week, the accused appeared in a pre-trial hearing via a visual-audio link in the Christchurch High Court. His defence […]


“Owning A Firearm Is A Privilege Not A Right”: Jacinda Ardern To Further Restrict Kiwi Gun Ownership

Six months after the Christchurch terrorist attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern marked the anniversary by announcing new legislation intended to place restrictions on gun ownership. Ardern also revealed that the new legislation will dedicate more resources and funding towards mental health services, as well as the creation of […]


Indigenous Peoples’ Global Fight For Their Rights And Their Culture

Europe’s conquest of the non-European world since 1492 still has a lasting impact on Indigenous peoples across the world. As J. Marshall Beier states in Indigenous Diplomacies, “Even formal “decolonization” consequently fails to undo enduring legacies of colonialism, among which is often counted the postcolonial state itself.” In the past […]


Australia Refuses To Acknowledge Climate Crisis At Pacific Islands Forum

Tensions ran high at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, with a climate crisis declaration in the Pacific region being a cause for contention amongst regional leaders. Island-dominated nations in the area sought a consensus on climate goals, with many of these nations already bearing the brunt of rising […]


WeChat And AliPay: Transforming Or Disrupting NZ Businesses?

On 4 July 2019, the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a revolutionary speaker event on the new payment and integration technology of WeChat and the Chinese payment system AliPay. Specifically, the speaker Ralph Shale addressed some key discussion points from Chinese e-commerce and mobile payments, why it matters, […]


Waikato Wars – Deep Parts Of NZ History

The Waikato Wars are a significant historical event in New Zealand’s history, occurring between 1863 and 1864 between the British settlers and Maori indigenous people. There are a few notable causes which are considered important in the wider picture, for example; the long-standing tension and conflicts between the Maori and […]