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Key political experts gathered for post-election conference

Journalists, academics, and party leaders from across the political spectrum met at Parliament for Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s post-election conference last December.

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New Zealand 2023 Post-Election Conference

Politicians, academics, and commentators will gather at the 2023 post-election conference at Parliament on 7 December 2023.

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Professor Gary Evans and Professor Simon Keller smiling at the camera.

Newly elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows

Professor Simon Keller, Professor of Philosophy and head of school in HPPI named in the Society’s list of newly elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows.

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Politics in a pandemic

2020 was a year unlike any other. Still in her first term as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern found herself facing her biggest challenge yet—protecting New Zealanders against a worldwide pandemic.

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2020 Parliamentary Internship Programme

Speaker’s welcome to the 2021 Parliamentary internship class

The 2021 Parliamentary internship class had the traditional annual welcome from the Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard on 16 March. Two of our interns, Samuel Day and Sofia Morrell, joined him for his live TV briefing.

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History Master’s Scholarship Fund

Support scholarships that will help talented students to complete a one-year Master’s degree in History.

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