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Women's Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine


The Women's Studies Association supports a range of events for its members and others who are interested.


We have held conferences, going back to 1978; these are usually held every two years. Conference proceedings are available for sale as a printed volume, or on CD. We intend to make conference proceedings for past conferences available on this website. Watch this space for news of our 2016 conference.

Conference 2016

2-3 September, University of Auckland.

Registrations are now closed but will be available on the days of the conference, from 8.15am.

Conference rates: WSA(NZ) members $210, non-members $235, student/low income $155, day registration $145.

Accommodation discounts are available for conference members at two hotels nearby: The Quadrant and the Copthorne (or email Copthorne Auckland City). The promotional code is WSA16. Note that these discounts may only apply to flexible bookings, so be sure to check regular rates for fixed bookings if that is your preference.

The website may also be useful (not an endorsement by WSANZ); please feel free to suggest alternatives.

AGM 2016

Thursday 1st September 5pm for a 5.15 start, at Old Government House, University of Auckland.

Members, please do attend, we have several constitutional remits to discuss and we need a quorum. Non-members are welcome but cannot vote.

Guidelines for Presenters

Presenters at the WSANZ Conference were invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers and 60-minute panels and/or workshops.

Given our final scheduling, all presentation sessions are 75 minutes in duration and there are minor changes to presentation times depending on the paper or panel presenting in the same session.

  • If the session consists of three papers, each paper presentation will be for 20 minutes each.
  • If the session consists of one paper and one panel or workshop, the paper will be for 20 minutes and the workshop 55 minutes.
  • If the session consists of one workshop or panel only, it can extend up to 75 minutes.

If the Conference Programme document is not displayed, please download it in pdf format.

If the Keynote Speakers document is not displayed, please download it in pdf format.

Recent Events

WSA(NZ) AGM 2015

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland St, Auckland on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

Drinks & nibbles at 5.30pm, AGM is scheduled for 6.00pm, chaired by Annie Weir. Anyone can attend but only members can vote.

At 7pm we will be screening a marvellous new documentary from filmmaker Briar March:

A Place to Call Home

still from A Place to Call Home
Seen through the eyes of two women involved in opposing housing projects,
A PLACE TO CALL HOME explores what is happening to public housing in a climate of privatisation and state sponsored gentrification.

Reclaiming Our Herstory: New Zealand Women and World War One

Two WSA(NZ) one-day events featuring speakers and cultural performance to explore the meanings of World War One for New Zealand women.

Tickets $10 on, price includes morning and afternoon tea. Limited cash-only door sales.
(The event's poster is here.)

Wellington: Saturday, 28 March, St John's, Dixon Street, 9:30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Jane Tolerton, Grace Millar and other exciting speakers and a performance of He Aha Te Utu; a lunch arrangement will be made with a koha.

Auckland: Sunday, 12 April, Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, 9.30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Sandra Coney, Jane Tolerton and other exciting speakers in panels as well as a cultural performance. Lunch will be catered by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and a koha would be appreciated.

Supported by Lottery World War One Commemorations.

Women's Studies Association (NZ) Summer school

Kerikeri, 23-26 January 2015

The Women's Studies Association (NZ) summer school at Kingston House in Kerikeri over Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend was a great success.

The theme for the summer school involved looking at Māori and Pākehā women talking together two hundred years ago and talk between between Māori and tauiwi women today. The timing was close to the bicentenary of first Pākehā settlement in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A field trip was made to Hohi Bay (Oihi Bay) to look at the site of first Māori-Pākehā settler conversations.

Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins, authors of He Kōrero: First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper (Huia Publications) spoke, along with speakers from Ngāpuhi, the Northland iwi, which is currently negotiating a settlement with the Crown over Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances.

Mentioned during the weekend were the following:
Is Research (feminist) Activism? seminar 2 Feb 2015
Ngapuhi Speaks as an e-book.


Held SATURDAY AUGUST 30th. Please see the event's poster for more information.

Women's Choice 2014 - Election Forum

WSA(NZ) joined with the Women's Centre, Campus Feminist Collective, AUSA, National Council of Women, The Hand Mirror and others to bring you the triennial Auckland election forum focused on women's issues.

It was held on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00pm, chaired by Judy McGregor, with panellists from the major parties including: Jan Logie (Greens), Carol Beaumont (Labour) and Maggie Barry (National).

See the event poster here and check it out on the Women's Choice 2014 Facebook page.