The Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific encourages research into the historical and contemporary links between Northern and Central Europe, and New Zealand and the Pacific.
New Zealand has strong heritage links with central and northern Europe. German, Austrian and Swiss visitors and settlers played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s early development. Up to 1914, Germans were the second largest immigrant group in New Zealand after the British, and they have in recent years become the largest non-English speaking European immigrant group in this country.
The Centre’s primary objective is to encourage research on the historical and cultural links between New Zealand and the Pacific region on the one hand and the German-speaking countries on the other. Research projects which encompass this objective are encouraged, ranging from research essays at Stage II and III level, Honours dissertations, MA and PhD theses to major research projects funded at a national or international level.