Shock and Abandonment? New Zealand, Britain and European Community enlargement, 1960-1985

On 4 April 2022, DIPLO, in cooperation with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the European Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (ESAANZ) will host a presentation by NZIIA President Dr Hamish McDougall examining New Zealand’s political and diplomatic relationships with Britain and the enlarged European Community in historical perspective.

NZPSA Conference – Dr Serena Kelly

On February 9 2022, Serena Kelly presented at the virtual New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) conference. The title of the paper was: ‘Power dynamics and the EU–NZ FTA’ and drew on some preliminary results from DIPLO’s on-going media analysis of the EU in New Zealand. With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Radio New Zealand Interview – Dr Serena Kelly

DIPLO Project Coordinator, Dr Serena Kelly spoke to RNZ’s Bryan Crump about the future of New Zealand’s relationships with the UK and the EU post-Brexit. The interview can be listened to here.

DIPLO Project Launch

University of Waikato (Tauranga Campus), 26-27 November 2020

The Jean Monnet Project on EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in New Zealand (DIPLO) was officially launched by project leader Dr Serena Kelly at the New Zealand Political Science Association Political Communication Network, convened at the University of Waikato, Tauranga campus.

Serena was also delighted to meet two new European experts who are based at Victoria University, Wellington: Dr Mona Krewel and Dr Karl Löfgren, who agreed to join our team of experts. If you want to learn more about Mona and Karl please see our section on the project team.

New Zealand, the EU and Brexit: What next? Public Lecture: 28 July 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Presented by: Dr Serena Kelly

About this event

In 2015, the European Union (EU) and New Zealand (NZ) announced the decision to discuss pursuing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The announcement – after 50 years of historical irritations dating back to when the United Kingdom joined the then European Economic Community – was a watershed in EU-NZ relations. Yet, just six months after the FTA announcement, Brexit added a new, and somewhat unexpected, dimension to the EU-NZ relationship. This upcoming UC Connect public lecture looks at how New Zealand’s relationship with the EU has been coloured, first and foremost, by its familial, cultural and historical relations with the United Kingdom, and the potential impact of Britain leaving the EU on January 1 2021 on New Zealand.

Dr Serena Kelly is a senior lecturer in the politics of the European Union and Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (UC), chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Christchurch, and Vice-President of the European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. Her current research examines the impact of Brexit on New Zealand, the proposed EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement as well as the visibility of the EU’s development policies in the Pacific.

UC Connect – New Zealand, the EU and Brexit: What next? Presented by Dr Serena Kelly, Senior Lecturer, The Politics of the European Union, Global, Cultural and Language Studies, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, 7pm – 8pm, Wednesday 28 July 2021 – C1 lecture theatre in C-Block, Ilam campus, University of Canterbury.

This lecture will be livestreamed the through the University of Canterbury Facebook page.

We aim to make all UC public lectures available online subject to permission from the speaker/s and other considerations. Videos of UC Connect talks are available within a week after the live event. To watch, visit our YouTube channel or UC Connect website.

For further information or to request an interview, please contact:

National Centre for Research on Europe Deputy Director, Dr Serena Kelly,, Phone: +6433695355

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