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.
*PANZ Turns 40*
2014 marks 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 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.
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.
*2013 PANZ Conference a success*
The 2013 conference was held in Wellington on 27 and 28 June 2013, and was attended by 110 delegates from across New Zealand and Australia.
Key note speakers included Professor Tim Dyson from the London School of Economics, Professor John Taylor from the Australian National University, Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem from the University of Auckland, and Dr Tahu Kukutai from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis.
Our next conference will be held in 2015.