Listed below are this year's Year of New Zealand events through the 2023 Spring 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!

Our Next Year of New Zealand Event


New Zealand Dining Pop-Up @ Stingers

Date: Feb. 15
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Stingers Steakhouse, Marietta campus

RSVP here


More Events This Semester

Past Events

    • "Breaking up is hard to do: Lessons from the strange case of New Zealand" Guest Lecture with Economist Dr. Michael Munger

      Date: Feb. 2
      9:30 a.m.
      Burruss Building Room 152, Kennesaw campus
      • "Mixed Proportional Representation in New Zealand" Guest Lecture with Cynthia Richie Terell

        Date: Jan. 25
        Time: 9:05 a.m.
        Location: Science Building Room 109, Kennesaw Campus
        • A ring behind flames

          Watch Party: The Lord of The Rings

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

          It's movie night right before Finals! Enjoy popcorn and a special screening of the New Zealand-made fantasy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)!

          In the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, a shy young hobbit named Frodo Baggins inherits a simple gold ring. He knows the ring has power, but not that he alone holds the secret to the survival of the entire world. Now Frodo, accompanied by a wizard, an elf, a dwarf, two men and three loyal hobbit friends, must become the greatest hero the world has ever known to save the land and the people he loves.

          • A child waters a plant in New Zealand

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

            Date: Nov. 17
            Time: 2:00 p.m.
            Location: Carmichael Student Center, University Room A

            An Early Childhood Educator panel-style luncheon, including a Maori Curriculum Advisor, an educator from Hilltop Learning Center in Seattle, and an owner/director of a preschool in Atlanta.

            What will I learn?

            • The history and design of the Te Whᾱriki Approach
            • The practice of collecting learning stories as a means of child assessment
            • The ways educators can integrate experiences and insights from New Zealand 

            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.

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

              Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand

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

              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.

              • Auckland, New Zealand at night

                Market Reforms Guest Lecture with Economist David Teece

                Date: Oct. 3
                Time: 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
                Location: Burruss Building, 152

                Connect American business practices to New Zealand's economy with a two-part lecture with guest speaker David J. Teece CNZM.

                • "Dynamic Capabilities and Related Paradigms: Towards a Better Understanding of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Management" - 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
                • "New Zealand Frontier Firms: A Capabilities-Based Perspective" - 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

                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.

                Learn more about the speaker.


                • 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. - 1:15 p.m.
                  Location: Burruss Building, 151

                  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.


                  • 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!