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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 2020 NZPSA annual conference was to be hosted by the Auckland University of Technology.

Due to the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will not go ahead this year. AUT will host the conference in 2021.

In the absence of an annual conference this year, we encourage the networks of the NZPSA to consider whether they wish to organise their own online events towards the end of the year.


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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  Ability to attend the NZPSA annual conference.

  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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