Earlier this year, the UK applied for membership to the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership) multilateral trade agreement. at the end of last month (20 Oct 2021), New Zealand and the UK reached agreement on the key elements of a new high quality, comprehensive and progressive free trade agreement. It is clear the UK has its sights in the Indo-Pacific region.

In collaboration with the Asia Forum, the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence brings you Navigating Global Challenges: Global Britain and the Indo Pacific, in conversation with special guest Ruth Dix, Political Counsellor, British High Commission.


Please note, you have the option of attending this event via Zoom or in-person.

There is a 40-person cap for in-person attendance so register if you intend to participate in-person.

There is no need to register if you intend to participate via Zoom. The Zoom call detail is provided below 



Event Date: 2 December 2021
Event Time: 5:30 - 6.30pm
Event Location: Kumutoto, Black & Gold Events, 10 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Welington 6011

Zoom link: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/96101495701


In-person event currently at full capacity

PLEASE NOTE: Each attendee will be required to register individually.

Ruth has been Political Counsellor at the British High Commission since January 2020 where she has oversight of foreign and security policy, science and innovation and domestic politics. She has also undertaken a diplomatic posting in South Africa. In Whitehall she worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – primarily on multilateralism and international security, including UN peacekeeping, the Balkans, and as a Private Secretary to the Political Director – and alongside the Departments for Defence and International Trade on defence and security exports. Ruth has also worked on human resources and has a Masters in Business Administration.

Ruth is married to Richard, a Secondary School Principal, and they have three children.

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