Welcome to the website of the

Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ)
Te Roopu Whaka Waihanga Iwi O Aotearoa

PANZ is a professional association that incorporates a wide range of interests in relation to the study and understanding of population issues, in New Zealand and globally. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in demographic and population related issues and study.

Latest News

* Recent deaths *
It has been a time of great loss for the demographic and population studies community here in New Zealand and Australia with the passing of three well-respected population specialists in the last few months.

One of New Zealand’s prominent scholars of migration, Dr. Andrew Trlin passed away on 17 December 2014 after a long illness. Dr. Trlin researched and taught on population issues at Massey University for many years, with a strong migration focus. He had a long involvement with PANZ, and was one of the first to be awarded Life Membership to PANZ.

On 20 January 2015, Professor Graeme Hugo died in Adelaide, Australia after a short illness, thus ending an outstanding career all too soon, and leaving his family, friends and colleagues in shock. Professor Hugo was based at the University of Adelaide, but his career spanned the globe. He was well-known to PANZ members as he took a great interest in population issues in New Zealand, and attended many PANZ conferences. Click here to read a tribute prepared by Professor Richard Bedford and John Nieuwenhuysen published in The Age recently.

We were also shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a long-standing PANZ Council member James (Jamie) Newell on 28 February 2015. Jamie was first elected to the PANZ Council in 1999, from which time he continued to work tirelessly to ensure the on-going success of the association. During his time on the PANZ Council he fulfilled the roles of President and Treasurer. Held in high esteem for his expertise in demographic research, Jamie was always enthusiastic and generous with his time and knowledge. He is a friend and colleague who will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of all three great men at this time.
Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane
The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane.

*2015 Our People, Our Places Conference – Registrations and Call for Papers now open*

The 2015 PANZ conference will be held at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand on 29 and 30 June 2015. the theme this year is Our People, Our Places .

Key note speakers include Dr Jennifer Lee from the University of California, Alan Smith from the UK Office of National Statistics, Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from Otago University, and Alan Johnson from the Salvation Army.

We are calling for papers. Abstracts are due by 10 April 2015.

We have also opened for registrations. Register for the conference before 30 April to take advantage of the early bird discounts. There are also discounts for current PANZ members.

*40 year anniversary*

2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the New Zealand Demographic Society, which was renamed the Population Association of New Zealand in 1990. A gathering of past and present Association members was held at the Royal Society of New Zealand’s premises in Wellington on the afternoon of 17 July 2014 to mark the occasion. The afternoon’s programme included brief reflections on the last 40 years by past Council Presidents, as well as a consideration of New Zealand’s demographic futures.

*Two new Life Members*

The 40th PANZ Annual General meeting was held at the end of the afternoons proceedings. The 2014/15 Council was voted in, and the term starts with a change in PANZ President and Treasurer. It was also an absolute delight for those present to award life membership to two Past Presidents and long-standing supporters of the Association, Dr. Ruth Farmer and Dr. Janet Sceats. Janet and Ruth were both at the AGM in person to receive their life memberships.

*Celebrating the launch of Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti*

The PANZ 40th celebration coincided with the release of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s ‘Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti’ report. This is a major review of the rapidly changing New Zealand population, and the attendant implications for New Zealand’s economy, social cohesion, education, and health. Its purpose is to promote informed discussion of the implications of the 2013 New Zealand Census for understanding the changing nature of New Zealand society. This report was co-authored by Professor Richard Bedford, a Life Member of PANZ, and Dr Tahu Kukutai, current Vice President on Council.