2016 News

Story of German submarine’s NZ visit recognised

06 December 2016

Family of a Gisborne man fascinated by Nazi Germany’s most distant war patrol into New Zealand waters in 1945 presented his book investigating this little-known slice of WW II war history to Massey University’s Manawatū library this week.

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Massey ranked in top 300 worldwide for student employability

24 November 2016

Massey University Employability

Massey University is one of the world’s top-ranked universities for nurturing student employability, according to a report released this week. The QS Graduate Employability Ranking for 2017, a new ranking system which analyses the links between university teaching and research practices and graduate employability, ranked the world’s top 300 universities, placing Massey in the 201 – 300 band and making it one of only two New Zealand universities included on the list.

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She’ll be right’ attitude to security is shortsighted

11 November 2016

Professor Rouben Azizian FutureNZ Forum

Could we be doing more in the Asia-Pacific and how secure are we following the US election? Some may be heralding the end of days with President-elect Donald Trump headed to the Oval Office, but a Massey University Professor says increased tension and conflict in the Asia Pacific is coming, no matter who leads the United States, and New Zealand needs to decide to stay on the sidelines or step in.

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She'll be right? Security planning in the Asia Pacific

11 November 2016

FutureNZ Panel Wellington

In the wake of the US Presidential elections, join academic,industry and government specialists as they discuss what's next for economic and security planning in the Asia Pacific and how our trade relations with China and the United States may be affected.

Watch a video of the FutureNZ Forum held in Wellington which addressed these issues

Strategic Issues for Cybersecurity moving beyond the tactical approach

10 November 2016

FutureNZ Panel Auckland

In a world where information is power and connectivity is king, we are faced with more opportunities and exposed to more potential threats than ever before. This forum analyses the issues cybersecurity raises as a strategic level, posing the question: is NZ ready for the cyber landscape we and the rest of the world are rapidly heading towards? 

Watch a video of the FutureNZ Forum held in Auckland which addressed these issues

Time for NZ to assert itself in the Asia Pacific

10 November 2016

Professor Rouben Azizian

Unabated religious extremism and instability in the Middle East, increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, geopolitical and economic crisis in Europe and a plethora of old and new security threats in the Asia-Pacific are increasingly threating New Zealand’s security interests. Professor Rouben Azizian says that New Zealand has two options in the Asia Pacific: business as usual, or take a more proactive approach to security in the region.

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New Zealand needs a cultural shift to keep data safe

10 November 2016

Cyber Security

New Zealanders need to better understand the risks of prioritising user features over security when it comes to the many internet-connected devices we use, says a Massey University cybersecurity expert. Dr Andrew Colarik, a senior lecturer with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, will discuss the many ways in which our personal, company and national security information can be extracted and used against us in the first of two Future NZ Forums being held by Massey University.

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US Army Officer highest acheiving academic student from Brunei based programme

27 October 2016

Presentation to Major Richard Wilson  

Major Richard Wilson of the US Army was the recipient of Massey University’s highest achieving academic student award when he graduated from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College this month.  Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, the Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presented the award at the ceremony. 

In awarding the prize to Major Wilson, Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley said “he can be justifiably proud of his achievement”.   To achieve consistently high grades across the papers is a sign of real commitment and motivation on his part towards developing his professional competence”.

He was alongside twenty-six other international and Bruneian students who graduated from the 10 month long intensive course covering a range of military topics and academic postgraduate papers from Massey University’s Master of International Security programme.

RBAF CSC Graduate 2016
Course participants with staff from Royal Brunei Armed Forces pictured with Massey University staff.

The Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Professor Rouben Azizian also attended the ceremony, along with the relationship manager for the Massey University programme, Oiroa Kaihau.

Massey University’s commitment to developing postgraduate academic solutions for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces began in 2010 when the Centre for Defence and Security Studies began teaching block courses there.

CDSS Staff and Postgraduate Students attend post-graduate information evening

06 October 2016

CDSS staff at postgraduate information evening

CDSS had a strong presence co-ordinated by Nicola Macaulay at the Massey University Postgraduate Information Evening held in Wellington on 06 October at the Rydges Hotel.  The event was arranged to provide information and answer queries for prospective postgraduate students.  Also attending were CDSS staff Professor Rouben Azizian, Dr Wil Hoverd, Dr Negar Partow, Dr Anna Powles, Hakim Khajeh, Alex Neems, Dr Germana Nicklin, and Rachel Butler.  Past and present students also supported the evening.

Student's study tackles Thai sex trafficking

14 September 2016

Presentation to Francis Maiava

A former New Zealand police officer and Massey University master’s graduate has recommended to Thailand’s national police organisation that they introduce community policing to fight against illegal sex trafficking.

Francis Maiava undertook the research during a three-year stint in Bangkok. He says the scale of the problem, including the bribery of police and immigration officers to overlook such offences, is overwhelming.

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Francis Maiava honoured as top student in Master in International Security programme

12 September 2016

Presentation to Francis Maiava

Former police officer Francis Maiava studied illegal sex trafficking in Thailand for his Master of International Security thesis.  When he learned that the forced prostitution of Burmese women was rife in Bangkok's slums, Maiava could not ignore the issue. Instead he spent three years analysing its complexities and developing a solution - a "multi-dimensional" community policing strategy.

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Roundtable on Emerging Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific

31 August 2016

The Centre for Strategic Studies and Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies co-hosted a very well-attended roundtable on emerging security challenges in  the Asia-Pacific. The roundtable featured three speakers: Professor Aileen Baviera, from the University of the Philippines; Dr Tang Lan, from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations; and Professor Greg Barton from Deakin University in Melbourne. Among the subjects discussed during their presentations and subsequent question and answer session were the role of social networks in Islamic extremist recruitment and radicalisation; developments in China-Philippines relations in the wake of the Hague Tribunal’s verdict on China’s claims in the South China Sea and the election of President Duterte; the rapid growth of e-commerce in China and its implications;and China’s concerns about the advent of terrorism in Central Asia and its connections with terrorist incidents in China’s Xinjiang province.

NZ security ‘not island-shaped’ in a connected world

01 September 2016

Mr Howard Broad National Security Conference

Howard Broad, delivering a keynote speech at the conference.

New Zealand can no longer see its geographical isolation as a protective buffer against global terror threats and other security risks. This was the message from a range of experts at a conference on national security at Massey University’s Auckland campus this week.

A need for a deeper, more inclusive national conversation about New Zealand’s security issues was also raised. From threats such as cyber-hacking and IS recruitment to broader regional and economic security, a wide range of issues were discussed at the conference – the first of its kind organised by Massey’s Centre of Defence and Security Studies.

The conference brought together around 150 top government, agency and academic representatives from the security sector, including Hon Chris Finlayson (Minister in charge of New Zealand Security Intelligence, and Minister responsible for the GCSB), Howard Broad (Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), Carolyn Tremain (Controller of Customs) and Mark Mitchell (Chair –Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee).

Visiting academics included Professor Aileen Baviera, University of the Philippines, who spoke on the geopolitics of the South China Sea; Dr Tang Lan, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, on the cyber environment; and Professor Greg Barton, Deakin University, on ISIS and radicalisation.

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CDSS hosts National Security Conference

30 August 2016

The Centre for Defence Studies hosted an inaugural National Security Conference on Massey University's Albany Campus on 30 August at the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre.  Attendees were an impressive mix of leading regional and New Zealand security experts, senior New Zealand government officials, high ranking members of the diplomatic corps, prominent representatives of  business, media and non-governmental organisations as well as staff and students of Massey University.

The Vice Chancellor commented that the conference was a well-received success and is sure of being repeated. He said that Defence and Security have attracted a lot more interest over recent years for obvious reasons and that almost every aspect of our society and world – from terrorism to food to crime to travel – has a security concern. He said that in the future we will see more of what we do organised around the matters of security and thanked the CDSS staff who are providing real leadership in this expanding area of academic interest.

Key Note speakers CDSS Conference Aug 16

Academics Dr Tang Lan, Professor Greg Barton, Professor Aileen Baviera and Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley pictured above, who gave key note addresses at the Centre for Defence Studies National Security Conference.

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Massey Global Summit 2016 in Palmerston North

31 July 2016

The Global Summit 2016 was a scenario based role playing activity where students from Palmerston North, Whanganui, Taihape and Feilding acted as members of the United Nations Security Council. This was a fun filled educational exercise for the participating students to bring a fresh perspective and possibly find a solution to the challenging Syrian conflict. 

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High school diplomats in UN roles at Massey

06 July 2016

Global Summit PN Rouben Azizian
Professor Rouben Azizian with the school students.

Building harmony from hostility and hatred in a divided world? A tall order for Kiwi secondary school students, but giving peace a chance in the war-torn Middle East in a simulated UN meeting tested aspiring teen diplomats at Massey University’s Auckland and Manawatū campuses last week.

Students from fourteen Auckland and seven Manawatū schools experienced the twists and turns of global diplomacy amid conflict and national power struggles, when they took part in the mock Global Summits.

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School students to undertake "Global Summit 2016" acting as members of the United Nations Security Council

29 June 2016

Dr Damien Rogers, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies is involved in co-ordinating the "Global Summit 2016", with school students. The event is a scenario based role playing activity where students will act as members of the United Nations Security Council. This is great exercise for participating students to bring a fresh perspective and they could possibly find a solution to the challenging Syrian conflict. One summit will be held with Auckland school students on Massey University's Albany Campus on Monday 27 June and another will be held on Manawatu Campus with Manawatu region school students on Thursday 30 June.

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Master of International Security student awarded scholarship from the Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust

23 June 2016

Ashleigh Walker scholarship award winner

Ashleigh Walker, a Wellington based full-time Master of International Security student has received official recognition of excellence through her Graduate Women Manawatu Postgraduate Scholarship award.

During her study Ashleigh worked as a tutor for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies.  She has just completed the thesis component of her Masters in June. Through the CDSS Internship Programme Ashleigh undertook research at NZ Police National Headquarters with their Family Violence Team. In her thesis, supervised by Dr Wil Hoverd, she analysed national and district level data on the delivery of protection orders to victims of family violence.

Ashleigh has managed to utilise her experience with NZ Police to successfully secure a position as an Analyst at Police National Headquarters.  She begins this job in July. We wish her well with her career and look forward to seeing her at graduation in 2017!

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Mapping of private security in the Pacific Islands

27 May 2016

Pasifika Forum

Dr Anna Powles attended a workshop on Mapping of Private Security in the Pacific Islands Region which was heldin Suva, Fiji, on 23 May.  The workshop was jointly hosted by Massey University (funded by a Strategic Initiative Fund awarded to Dr Powles and Associate Professor Bethan Greener), the United Nations Development Programme, Pacific Islands Forum and the Australian National University.  The objectives of the workshop were to conduct an exploratory mapping of the private security industry in the Pacific islands region and to identify common issues, challenges and themes within private security industries and national/regional contexts in the Pacific Islands region.  It is proposed that the findings will be published in the near future.

Dr Powles also presented to the Pacific Futures Symposium which was held on 27 April at Massey University, Wellington.  The presentation was on Geopolitics of the Extractive Industries in the Pacific.  The symposium was on Natural Resource Security In The Pacific at the Massey University Pacific Research and Policy Centre, and was held in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thirty students graduate with a Master of International Security degree in Wellington

26 May 2016

Graduation in Wellington May 2016    

The sacrifice was worth it was the general sentiment expressed amongst the 30 students who graduated with a Master of International Security in Wellington on 26 May.  This was the largest body of graduates from the programme thus far in a single year, representing 25 students across the applied professional pathway and five across the research pathway.

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Research on the 2014 and 2015 Australian terror events

17 May 2016

Dr Wil Hoverd made a presentation on Massey University's Albany Campus on 17 May, about the themes that are emerging from his current research into the three terror events that occurred in Australia in 2014 and 2015. Drawing on a systematic exploration of Australian print media data from two weeks following each event in this seminar, he discussed two particular research interests.

The first is in the sociology of religion where he is interested in questions about religious diversity and religious freedom which arose from the discourse that emerged in print media after these terror events:

a) how Australian media define religion
b) the association of a radicalisation discourse with terror events that may or may not be conducted by religious actors
c) the discourse which portrays a tension between Australia’s multiculturalism and what is portrayed as “dangerous religion”.

Dr Hoverd’s other research interest in these terror events is in a critical understanding of New Zealand Security where there was a direct response with a military deployment and increased funding for our intelligence services.  His research is ongoing and he is exploring the relationship between radicalisation discourse and securitisation and questioning the extent to which radicalisation is a real or a constructed threat.

Students and staff visit from the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Hawaii

21 March 2016

The Centre for Defence and Security Studies on Wellington Campus has hosted a contingent of 16 students and 5 staff from the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Hawaii.  Wellington was chosen as the base for their Study Abroad trip, and Massey University was the only university they visited while in Wellington.

On the visit Deanna Riach, Campus Registrar, and Associate Professor Robin Peace, Regional Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences provided a background to Massey University, including the story of Puke Ahu. 

CDSS then provided a question and answer session for the students and staff.  This was led by Professor Rouben Azizian, CDSS Director.  Other CDSS staff to attend were Dr Anna Powles, Mr Tim Wood, and Ms Nicola Macaulay.  Djhoanna Lambert, the International Officer from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences spoke and provided information on CoHSS study opportunities for international students.  Several of them expressed interest in enrolling at Massey University in the near future.

CDSS/RBAF announced as a finalist in the Massey University Defining Excellence Awards

25 February 2016

Partnerships Awards 2016

The finalists have been announced for Massey University's annual Partnership Excellence Award, recognising businesses and other organisations the University has special relationships with.

Massey’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies is a finalist in the Awards for 2016 for its partnership with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College.  The partnership is now into its fifth year, and is one of the University’s international success stories.  The Centre continues to partner directly with the college, to create a blended academic and military learning environment for both international and domestic students in Brunei.

The award will be presented on 10 March at Massey's annual Defining Excellence Awards in Auckland, where the University celebrates its top teachers and researchers and outstanding alumni.

To read more see - Massey names finalists for partnership award.

Armenia to Aotearoa via global diplomacy

18 February 2016

Professor Rouben Azizian

He has come from one of the world’s oldest nations to one of the newest. Armenian-born Professor Rouben Azizian has hopscotched across diplomatic, strategic and teaching posts to his appointment as director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies.

Professor Azizian’s new Manawatū campus base seems a far cry from tougher, tension-filled centres of international diplomacy where he has has previously worked. He honed his skills and knowledge as an astute analyst of people, politics and power in places such as Moscow, Sri Lanka, Nepal and recently at the United States’ Defence Department’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii, where he spent the past 13 years.

Yet he sees his new role – and physical location – as a return to the country he now feels most at home, and the ideal next step in a lifetime of embracing new cultures, climates, languages and geopolitical frameworks.

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Royal Brunei Armed Forces CSC participants eye master's degree

16 January 2016

Particpants of the sixth Command Staff Course (CSC) 2016 are hoping to pursue a master's degree [the Master of International Security degree delivered by the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University] upon the completion of the 10-month course at the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

A total of 27 military officers have enrolled in the sixth Command Staff Course (CSC) this year.

To read more see - http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2016/01/16/csc-participants-eye-masters-degree

Professor Rouben Azizian takes part in command and staff colleges workshop in Honolulu

15 January 2016

Professor Rouben Azizian recently participated in the command and staff colleges workshop at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies  in Honolulu, from 12 - 14 January.  The three day workshop, an effort to advance regional cooperation in professional military education, was titled, “Command and Staff Colleges in the Asia-Pacific: Next Steps Towards a Framework for Cooperation".  It brought together 27 participants from 11 nations, representing 18 institutions from the region, including the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College where a Master of International Security programme is delivered by Massey University's Centre for Defence and Security Studies, and the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.

To read more see  - Workshop enables DKI APCSS, ASEAN nations to build education cooperation

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