People and place: Aotearoa New Zealand’s population on the eve of Tuia – Encounters 250 dual heritage, shared future Event as iCalendar

14 March 2018

6 - 7pm

Venue: Whangarei Central Library

Location: 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Website: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Richard Bedford
Richard Bedford

Richard Bedford

Emeritus Professor, University of Waikato and Auckland University of Technology
President, Royal Society Te Apārangi


Early in March 2018 Statistics New Zealand | Tatauranga Aotearoa will undertake an official count of how many people and dwellings there are in Aotearoa New Zealand | te tatauranga ā-ture o ngā tāngata e noho ana I Aotearoa me o rātou whare noho.  The results from this census will begin appearing around June 2018, with most of the detailed analysis being completed by mid-2019.

In October 2019 we will mark a very significant 250th anniversary of “the early meetings of Māori and Europeans when Captain James Cook and Tahitian chief and navigator, Tupaia, arrived in 1769 – a pivotal moment in New Zealand History when two great traditions of voyaging and exploration (Pacific and European) met on and off the coast of Aotearoa”.

What does the population of Aotearoa New Zealand look like 250 years after these initial encounters?

In this presentation I will introduce some of the contemporary characteristics of Aotearoa’s population to provide a context for some of the other presentations in this University of Auckland-Tai Tokerau Campus series which is supported by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.  My focus will be on international migration – a modern version of the voyaging and encounters that Cook and Tupaia’s visits 250 years ago initiated.  In the course of the presentation I will make reference to Northland’s | Te Tai Tokerau’s population around 2018 and some of the distinctive features of this region’s contemporary demography.

Brief bio

Professor Richard (Dick) Bedford QSO, FRSNZ is Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato and the Auckland University of Technology and President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. He is a population geographer who specializes in migration research and since the mid-1960s he has been researching processes of population movement and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific region.  His major research interests are circular forms of population mobility within and between countries, immigration policy, and the relationships between population movement and social and economic transformation in rural and urban areas in New Zealand and the Pacific.  He is currently working on implications for New Zealand and Australia of population developments and migration trends in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 30 to 40 years, including the impact of climate change on migration. 

2018 Royal Society Te Apārangi - University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Speaker Series

Venue: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Start: 6pm



The Joint Series between the Royal Society Te Apārangi and University of Auckland arose out of an Advisory Board meeting for the National Lifecourse Research Centre, chaired by Professor Richard (Dick) Bedford and of which Professor Cindy Kiro, Director - Tai Tokerau Campus, is a member. Professor Richie Poulton is Co-Director of this Centre.

Professor Kiro spoke to them both about her hopes of being able to take the amazing learning captured in tertiary institutions and make this more accessible to communities and in particular to do this for Tai Tokerau. They all thought it was a great opportunity and that given their central role in the Royal Society (Dick is the current President), this was an opportunity for both organisations to do something together.

It was agreed that 2018 being a census year, the emerging theme of speakers would be around "people and place". We will continue to webcast and promote the series in our partnership with Whangarei Libraries, who have been such strong supporters of the Tai Tokerau Speakers Series in 2017.

2018 will be an exciting series with the possibility of perhaps a more interactive panel based format for speakers with even more diverse members of the community.

Our thanks once again to Whangarei District Council who remain a partner in this series and the Royal Society, without whom we couldn’t do this series.


14 March 2018 Professor Richard Bedford
President of the Royal Society
People and Place
11 April 2018 Professor Richie Poulton
Director Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study and Chief Science Advisor MSD
The science of wellbeing for children and young people
6 June 2018 Professor Paul Spoonley
PVC Social Sciences, Massey University
Diversity and implications for the new NZ
20 June 2018
Professor Tahu Kukutai
Director of National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis,
University of Waikato
Census and Māori implications for our future


View the videos from the 2017 Series.


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