The origins of the New Zealand branch of ESAANZ can be traced back to the mid-1990s when the EU Studies Association of New Zealand was first established. While always driven predominantly by members from the University of Canterbury, over the subsequent quarter century the membership increased as academics from other universities joined, especially from Auckland, Otago and Victoria. EUSANZ was active in applying for Jean Monnet funding for its activities, the key feature of which were conferences (either stand-alone or in cooperation with other groupings such as CESAA). EUSANZ was also a member association under the ECSA World umbrella and the President of EUSANZ served for several years as the EUSA-World Vice-President. The identity of EUSANZ became blended, to some extent, after 2000 with the parallel development of the NCRE at Canterbury and again in 2007 when the 8-university EU Centres Network consortium was set up. These parallel and interlocking initiatives remained the framework for EU studies in New Zealand until 2020 when EUSANZ was replaced by ESAANZ. The NZ branch of ESAANZ remains multidisciplinary in focus and seeks to support EU research particularly among early-career academics. An annual conference remains the major activity, covid19 notwithstanding.