Opinions and essays

Commentaries, analyses and opinion pieces on various topics of interest related to New Zealand's role and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

To suggest a topic, or send your response to any of the articles below, contact Dr Andrew Butcher at abutcher@asianz.org.nz

New Zealand's relations with Asia

  • Research Director Dr Andrew Butcher talks to Oxford University’s Professor Rosemary Foot, the 2014 Kippenberger Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, about why China matters and how New Zealand’s views of China may differ to those in other parts of the world. (MP3 - 5.9MB)


  • Research Director Dr Andrew Butcher talks to La Trobe University’s Professor Nick Bisley, who is visiting New Zealand in late March 2014, on the major challenges in the Asia Pacific region, Australian foreign policy under its Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the new initiative La Trobe Asia. (MP3 - 7.14MB)   


  • On September 7, Australia voted Tony Abbott as their new Prime Minister leading a Liberal-National Coalition government. In this podcast, Asia New Zealand Foundation’s research director Dr Andrew Butcher spoke to Dr Andrew Carr, of the Australian National University, about what this result will mean for Australia’s foreign policy in Asia, and what implications it will have for the “Australia in the Asian Century” white paper and for trans-Tasman relations. (MP3 - 5.2MB)                                                                                                                                      


  • Earlier this year the New Zealand government released its ASEAN strategy New Zealand’s ASEAN Partnership: One Pathway to 10 Nations. In this conversation with David Taylor, New Zealand’s Ambassador to ASEAN and Indonesia, the Foundation’s research director Dr Andrew Butcher discusses why ASEAN is important to New Zealand, why the strategy has come out now and what the opportunities and costs are for New Zealand’s relationship with ASEAN in the future. (MP3 - 7.52MB)

Asia region


  • US-China ties crucial for Asia's security - We report on the visit to Wellington by Edward Carr, The Economist foreign editor. (October 2010)

  • Australia's real China problem - Dr Robert Ayson is currently Senior Fellow in the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. In this article he discusses Australia's increasing fraught relationship with China.


Last updated: 28 Mar 2014