Listed below are this year's Year of New Zealand events through the 2022 Fall semester. Time, location, and additional information will be added as it becomes available. If you have any questions about the events listed below, please contact the GE Community Engagement & Outreach unit at

We hope to see you at some of our events this year!

  • A still from the documentary, Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story

    Film Screening - Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story

    Date: Sept. 30
    Time: 12:15 p.m.
    Location: Burruss Building, 151

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    How did New Zealand completely transform its economic landscape to be a driving force in international trade, innovative leadership, and sustainable fishing? Enjoy an informative documentary that tells New Zealand's story through powerful, thought-provoking personal stories of survival and triumph.

    Co-sponsored with the Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity and KSU Global Education as part of the Year of New Zealand.

    • Auckland, New Zealand at night

      Market Reforms Guest Lecture with Economist David Teece

      Date: Oct. 3
      Time: 11:15 a.m.
      Location: Burruss Building, 152

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      David John Teece CNZM (born September 2, 1948) is a New Zealand-born US-based organizational economist and Professor in Global Business and director of the Tuscher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

      Teece is also the executive chairman and cofounder of Berkeley Research Group, an expert services and consulting firm headquartered in Emeryville, California. His areas of interest include corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, competition policy, and intellectual property. He is also founding general partner of a venture capital firm, Pilatus Capital.

      • On top is the New Zealand flag; on bottom is the Aotearoa flag

        Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand

        Date: Oct. 25
        Time: 4:00 p.m.
        Location: Virtual

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        A discussion of what it means to be a New Zealander - how family, origins, culture, ethnicity, tradition, and history have shaped life in New Zealand, how these concepts have evolved, and what they mean today. 

        An interview with Dr. Ella Kahu of Massey University in New Zealand, author of the landmark text, Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in New Zealand.

        • Children watering plants. Image showcasing Te Whᾱriki is courtesy of the New Zealand Ministry of Education

          "Welcome to Our Learning Story" Panel Discussion - the Te Whᾱriki Approach to Early Childhood Education in New Zealand

          Date: Nov. 17
          2:00 p.m.
          Academic Learning Center

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          An Early Childhood Educator panel-style luncheon, including a Maori Curriculum Advisor for the National Council of Immersion Schools in New Zealand. This speaker will describe the history and design of the Te Whᾱriki Approach.

          Additionally, this panel will include an educator from Hilltop Learning Center in Seattle, who has conducted study tours to New Zealand preschools for the last five years. This speaker will introduce the practice of collecting learning stories as a means of child assessment.

          Finally, the panel will include the owner/director of a preschool in Atlanta, who has travelled to New Zealand on two of these study tours. She will share the ways she integrated her experiences and insights from New Zealand into many aspects of her school.

          Co-sponsored with the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department, the Bagwell College of Education, and KSU Global Education as part of the Year of New Zealand.

          • Promotional photo of the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

            Watch Party: The Lord of The Rings

            Date: Dec. 2
            Time: 5:30 p.m.
            Location: Academic Learning Center, Auditorium 1100

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            The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the first volume of the novel The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is the first installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

            Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who seeks the One Ring, which contains part of his soul, in order to return to power. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins.

            The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.

            Past Events

            • A Maori carving in Lake Taupo in New Zealand. Photo by Callum Parker on Unsplash.

              Celebration of Stone Carving

              Date: Sept. 21
              Time: 11:00 a.m.
              Location: Campus Green

              Join the Zuckerman Museum of Art for a mini festival celebrating the art of stone carving on Ruth Zuckerman’s birthday! Come to the Kennesaw Campus Green to learn about the origins of stone carving and how those tools and techniques are still used by sculptors today. Then try chiseling a natural stone or carving your small sculpture in plaster.

              While there, enjoy a birthday treat in honor of Ruth V. Zuckerman! This event is presented in partnership with KSU Global Education's Year of New Zealand program. 

              • Fifth Third Banks Stadium

                Rugby, Pies & Sausage Rolls - KSU vs. Alabama

                Date: Sept. 17
                Time: 4:00 p.m.
                Location: Rugby Field 3 (behind Fifth Third Bank Stadium)

                Cheer on Kennesaw State Men's Club Rugby as they face off against the University of Alabama. Enjoy sausage rolls and a look into Kiwi rugby culture as we celebrate The Year of New Zealand at KSU! Presented by KSU Global Education.

                • Mt. Taranaki in New Zealand and its reflection over the water

                  Year of New Zealand Opening Ceremony

                  Date: Aug. 23
                  Time: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
                  Location: Carmichael Student Center, University Rooms

                  Global Education and the Consulate of New Zealand are excited to present the Year of New Zealand! We will have a series of events celebrating New Zealand, with our Opening Ceremony being the first event of the Year. 

                  Experience a new culture rich in history and diversity with traditional food, Māori dancers, and speakers from the New Zealand community!