The main professional organisation for those working in political studies in Aotearoa New Zealand


The New Zealand Political Studies Association / Te Kāhui Tātai Tōrangapū o Aotearoa, or NZPSA, was founded in 1974 and is a collegial association of individuals. It exists to promote and encourage the study of politics involving not just academics, but also students and practitioners, journalists and pollsters. The NZPSA is a constitutent member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, and holds an annual conference that welcomes a range of disciplinary perspectives to the study of political phenomenon.


November 28-30

Hosted by the Political Science and Public Policy, School of Social Sciences, University of Waikato in Hamilton, with the Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event on Sunday 27 November.

The conference theme is Divergent Democracies: Politics in the 21st Century. The deadline for abstract submissions (200 words) for individual papers and panels for the Conference is 12 August 2016.


WOMEN Talking Politics

The December 2015 issue of the research magazine Women Talking Politics is now available.

"I am delighted to present the 2015 issue of Women Talking Politics, which introduces exciting and important work engaging women academics, activists and policy practitioners in Australasia." Dr Lena Tan, Editor


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The NZPSA attracts members from a range of backgrounds and disciplines who come together at the annual NZPSA Conference.

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