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

Venue: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Start: 6pm

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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: Aotearoa New Zealand’s population on the eve of Tuia
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


Watch the videos from the 2018 and 2017 series


For enquiries please contact Helen Pengelly, Events Coordinator, at h.pengelly@auckland.ac.nz