The New Zealand Political Studies Association / Te Kāhui Tātai Tōrangapū o Aotearoa (NZPSA) was founded in 1974 and is a collegial association of individuals. It exists to promote and encourage the study of politics involving not just academics, but also students and practitioners, politicians, civil servants, pollsters and journalists. It is the main professional organisation for those working in political studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and welcomes a range of disciplinary perspectives. The NZPSA hosts an annual conference that attracts national and international participants, and awards annual postgraduate and undergraduate prizes.
The association has strong links with all the political studies departments and programmes in Aotearoa/New Zealand, has its own research magazine, Women Talking Politics, has had a long affiliation with the journal Political Science, and has links with similar political studies associations internationally. We currently have six networks: the Media and Political Communication (MPC) Network, the Political Theory Network (PTN), the Environmental Politics and Policy Network (EPPN), the Gender and Politics Network, the Interpretative Policy Analysis (IPA) Network and the Aotearoa/New Zealand Politics Network. We also have an active Women’s Caucus and a vibrant Postgraduate body that organises an annual Pre-Conference Workshop.
The NZPSA is run by an executive committee and members enjoy various benefits nationally and internationally. It is a democratic organisation and is essentially what its members decide it to be. The association has a strong commitment to equity, and it works toward overcoming barriers to traditionally under-represented groups in the discipline and promoting fair treatment for all those working in political studies.
On the right is a full list of this site’s pages that will lead you to various resources for the study of Aotearoa/New Zealand politics, gender and women’s issues, and information about postgraduate opportunities. If you scroll down this page, you will also find the latest posts on conferences, job opportunities and other news.