Public Commentary

Nina regularly publishes commentary in international media including the Washington Post, the Guardian, Die Zeit online, Tagespiegel, and the Conversation.

Nina has written on global migration and refugee politics. She examined whether social media is a platform for supporting or attacking refugees. In December 2018, she analysed whether the UN Global Compact is a major breakthrough.  She has commented on New Zealand’s proposed humanitarian visa for climate refugees, outlining six factors the Labour-Greens Government should consider to make such a visa work. In late summer of 2015, Nina advocated for more humanitarian policy to refugees and completed a solidarity swim from Turkey into Greek waters.

She has also written a number of articles on New Zealand foreign policy, including an article with Max Harris outlining what a progressive foreign policy could look like.  She examined why the New Zealand opposition party, National, took a stance against Global Compact on Migration in December 2018. She has advocated for a debate with more diverse voices on New Zealand’s role in the world,  and outlined how New Zealand’s Labour-led government could rethink its foreign policy on gender equality, aid and indigenous relations. Writing with Max Harris, she has also advocated for the New Zealand government to speak with the Pacific on the international stage and highlight the costs of climate change. She has also co-founded a new independent organization, New Zealand Alternative, which promotes a progressive role for New Zealand in the World.

Recent Public Commentary 

Hall, Nina. “Is Social Media a platform for supporting or attacking refugees?”, Oxford University Press (OUP) Blog Post, 17 May 2019.

Hall, Nina and Max Harris. How to narrow the gap between Ardern’s foreign policy aspirations and domestic debate. The Conversation, 14 December 2018.

Hall, Nina. “Why is National joining the Nationalists?”. Newsroom. 14 December 2018.

Hall, Nina “Is the UN’s new migration compact a major breakthrough?”, The Washington Post, 12 December 2018.

Hall, Nina. Seeking a Broader Debate on New Zealand’s Role in the World. Dominion Post. 25 October 2018.

Hall, Nina. Opportunity for NZ to Rethink Global Role. Dominion Post. 23 January 2018

Hall, Nina and Rebecca Brubaker. Gaps in global advocacy for the protection of migrants’ rights, Open Democracy, 6 March 2017.

Hall, Nina. ‘Six Things New Zealand’s new government needs to do to make climate refugee visas work’, The Conversation. 30 November 2017.

Nina Hall and Max Harris, ‘New Zealand must speak out for Pacific on climate change’, Dominion Post/Stuff News, 27 June 2017.

Hall, Nina, ‘March for Science – a good idea?’, Die Zeit Online, 20 March 2017.

Hall, Nina ‘Why I swam across the Mediterranean’, The Guardian, Monday 31 August 2015.