Governments and Diplomats
The NCRE is the only New Zealand research centre dedicated to the study of Europe and the European Union. NCRE activities include policy advice and analysis, as well as outreach efforts designed to raise the EU profile in the Asia-Pacific region.
In recognition of this, representatives of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Commission Delegation to Australia and New Zealand, and the current holders of EU Presidency sit on the Centre's External Advisory board. The Centre has also organised regular contact with the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Select Committee in order to offer policy advice and commentary on Europe direct to policy makers.
The Centre holds an annual Diplomatic Seminar Series as part of its regular seminar programme. In 2005 the diplomats who spoke were:
- Hon. Phil Goff, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- H.E. Mr Lech Mastalerz, Polish Ambassador to New Zealand
- H.E. Mr Erich Riedler, German Ambassador to New Zealand
- Mr Martin Williamson, Deputy British High Commissioner to New Zealand
The NCRE welcomes offers to present seminars, visit the Centre, or suggestions for new research topics from government and diplomatic sources.