NZ Population Conference


Demographic trends, health, wellbeing and inequalities

The 2021 New Zealand Population Conference – Population beyond the pandemic: Demographic trends, health, wellbeing and inequalities, has been rescheduled to Wednesday 27 April – Thursday 28 April 2022. Registrations have been reopened and will close on 14 April 2022. 

The two-day conference will take place at the Engineering Building at the University of Auckland and all other details (papers, keynote speakers, cocktail reception, conference dinner, etc.) remain unchanged as of today. Any future alterations to the programme will be communicated to all delegates.

If the new conference dates are no longer suitable or you wish to withdraw your paper, please contact Shefali Pawar at your earliest convenience.

We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and want to acknowledge the impact within our communities and on our campuses. Thanks for bearing with us during these uncertain times.

If you have any questions at any time, please do reach out.

Click here for the draft programme (subject to revision for next April).

Click here to register for the conference.

Note: Ordinary PANZ membership is only $30. It is worth joining up to take advantage of the PANZ member rate.

Click here for the PANZ membership form.

Note: Early Bird registration is now closed. Standard rates apply.
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Conference Dinner

The Population Association of New Zealand invites you to the biennial New Zealand Population Conference (#NZPopCon). Welcoming a wide range of interdisciplinary social science researchers, the conference this year is co-sponsored by Auckland University’s School of Population Health.

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote session day 1: Population health ‘beyond the Pandemic’
Professor Papaarangi Reid (Head of Maori Health) and Associate Professor Collin Tukuitonga (Associate Dean Pacific) from Auckland University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences are our conference’s opening keynotes. They have been leading voices in the Maori and Pasifika public health response to the Covid-19 crisis. This session will be chaired by Dr Karlo Mila, award-winning poet and Pasifika mental health expert.

Keynote session day 2: Inequality and Climate Change
Speakers for the second day address some of the biggest social and global issues of our time. Dr Ganesh Nana, chair of the Productivity Commission, will talk about how to tackle intergenerational inequality, while Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem from Auckland University’s Pacific Studies department offers her expertise on the existential threats of climate change and what it means for the Pacific region.

After-dinner speaker, Day 1: Finding comedy in post-pandemic demographic crises
Perlina Lau developed and starred in hit TVNZ dystopian comedy show Creamerie, about a post-pandemic society focused on ‘Wellness’, in which cisgender men have been largely wiped out by the contagion. A show which seemed suspiciously timed to go to air during an actual global pandemic.


Professor Papaarangi Reid is Tumuaki and Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the University of Auckland. She holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring government commitment to Indigenous rights.

Associate Professor Collin Tukuitonga is the inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) and Associate Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the University of Auckland. He is a Public Health Medicine Specialist with extensive experience in leadership, management, public policy, research and public health in New Zealand, the Pacific region and internationally. He was the Director General of the Pacific Community based in New Caledonia for seven years until December 2019. Associate Professor Tukuitonga is also the New Zealand Heart Foundation Chief Advisor Pacific, government appointee to the NZ Health Quality & Safety Commission board and member of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine Council.

He has previously led the NZ Ministry of Pacific Affairs and worked with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a Niuean New Zealander and strong advocate for improving health and wellbeing of Pacific people in the region.

Ganesh Nana took up the position of Chair of the Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa after 22 years at the consultancy Business and Economics Research Limited (BERL), where his highlight was working to strengthen relationships with Māori entities and organisations, and building an understanding of te ōhanga Māori. In 2018 he was appointed a member of the Government established Welfare Expert Advisory Group, which reported back in 2019 with Whakamana Tangata – Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand. Ganesh believes economics is fundamentally about people and is best reflected in our collective role as kaitiaki o taonga.

Associate Professor Yvonne Te Ruki Rangi o Tangaroa Underhill-Sem is a Cook Island, Niuean, New Zealander with close family ties to Papua New Guinea. Her research circulates around maternities, mobilities and markets and she publishes in the broad areas of gender and development, Pacific development and feminist political ecology. She is Associate Professor in Pacific Studies, at Wānanga o Waipapa (School of Maori Studies and Pacific Studies), University of Auckland and also teaches Development Studies. She was Director of Development Studies from 2007 to 2014 and Director of the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Development (NZIPR) from 2017-2018. Before she joined the University of Auckland in 2004, Yvonne taught at University of Papua New Guinea and briefly at Australian National University; and worked as a development expert at the Africa Caribbean Pacific Secretariat in Brussels; and, while living in Papua New Guinea and Samoa, was the Pacific Co-ordinator for the global feminist research network (DAWN).
Perlina Lau currently presents RNZ World Watch, and stars in the 2021 TVNZ comedy Creamerie. Perlina began her screen career with the web series Flat3 in 2013, going on to co-star in follow-up Friday Night Bites, which was nominated for two New Zealand Television Awards. She has worked for BBC News, for Paul Henry’s morning show, and TV3’s Story.