NZPopCon 2023 Student prizewinners

Tori Diamond is awarded the PANZ Newell Prize by PANZ President Rosemary Goodyear. A young woman with sandy wavy hair, black top and a blue skirt smiles as a woman in a red jacket holding a microphone turns towards her.

Awarded at NZPopCon last year, the 2023 winner of the PANZ Newell Award for best student poster was Tori Diamond for her poster ‘Measuring Indigenous outcomes and inequality – Is a different approach to age-standardisation needed?’ The poster was rated highest (or equal-highest) by two judges, and in the top half by the third judge. Tori also won the 2023 Australasian Epidemiology Association’s student award for a presentation of the same name, that same month. The research was part of her Honours dissertation ‘Impact of the variability in NZ population estimates on health outcome metrics and sub-population comparisons’ at the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics. She is currently working towards her MSc in the same department, on novel applications of the Integrated Data Infrastructure for longitudinal analysis for the Māori population. The PANZ Newell Award is awarded to the best poster by a student on any population topic. 

The Stats NZ Jacoby Prize 2023 awarded to best student research paper was Heather McLeod for her paper ‘Linking People and Climate: the Extreme Events Climate Index for Aotearoa for Stats NZ geographies and iwi rohe’. The paper will be published in forthcoming NZPR Vol 49. Although a seasoned academic, Heather recently completed her Masters in Climate Change Science and Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. 

These awards were given as part of the New Zealand Population Conference (NZPopCon) held at Auckland University’s Engineering Building on the 29th and 30th of August 2023.

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