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The 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 constituent 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.

The New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) condemns the xenophobic discourse in some parts of the Slovenian media concerning NZPSA member, Dr. Julia Sardelić. Our Constitution defends academic freedom, freedom of expression, and promotes the right of its members, including Dr. Sardelić, to express political opinions.


The 2021 NZPSA conference will be hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) at its City Campus from Monday 29th November until Wednesday 1st December.

Details of this year's conference, including a Call for Papers and submission details are available on the '2021 Conference' page


WOMEN Talking Politics

The aim of Women Talking Politics – a mini-journal produced by the New Zealand Political Studies Association – is to promote the work of women political scientists in New Zealand.

The journal welcomes submissions by New Zealand-based women political scientists (both academic staff and postgraduate students).


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  Discounted members' rates at APSA & CPSA conferences.

  Eligibility for international & domestic awards and grants.

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  Access to Network opportunities.

  Eligibility for postgraduate conference prizes.


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

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