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The Women's Studies Association supports a range of events for its members and others who are interested.


We have held conferences, going back to 1978; these are usually held every two years. Conference proceedings are available for sale as a printed volume, or on CD. We intend to make conference proceedings for past conferences available on this website. Watch this space for news of our 2018 conference.

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Women's Studies Association/ Pae Akoranga Wāhine (WSA/PAW) Conference

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui

Dates: Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd September, 2018

Location: Rutherford House, Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Wellington, New Zealand


To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa/New Zealand, our 2018 conference aims to further promote feminist scholarship and activism. The conference will be an opportunity to advance current feminist engagements, while acknowledging and understanding the challenges of the past. We are committed to supporting many perspectives including those of Māori, Pasifika, Tauiwi, Pakeha and ethnic minority women.

This conference will provide a forum for enduring feminist concerns including gendered violence, equal pay, reproduction, race, ethnicity, sexuality and class. It will also provide an opportunity to consider contemporary perspectives that emphasise intersectionality including issues around environmental sustainability, new reproductive technologies, transgender and women's rights in work places.

This two and a half day conference is part of a longer conversation in New Zealand about women's rights and feminist activism in the community and academia.

Further information: Conference submissions and registration will occur through the Stout Centre, Victoria University of Wellington; details of that web address will be publicised later and there will be directions to it from the WSA/PAW website.

Recent Events

Women's Choice Election Forum

University of Auckland, Monday 7 August, 7-9pm

All welcome - there will be plenty of time for your patai and kōrero

Chair: Professor Judy McGregor
Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, AUT

National Party - Erica Stanford
Labour Party - Jacinda Ardern, MP
Green Party - Jan Logie, MP
Māori Party - Cinnamon Whitlock (Ngapuhi, Ngati-Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rarawa)
Mana Party - Tracey-lee Repia (Ngapuhi, Ngati Porou, Uenuku nga Iwi)
NZ First - Tracey Martin, MP

University of Auckland, Lecture Theatre Lib B28 underneath the main library, cnr Alfred & Princes Sts

WSA(NZ) AGM 2015

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland St, Auckland on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

Drinks & nibbles at 5.30pm, AGM is scheduled for 6.00pm, chaired by Annie Weir. Anyone can attend but only members can vote.

At 7pm we will be screening a marvellous new documentary from filmmaker Briar March:

A Place to Call Home

still from A Place to Call Home
Seen through the eyes of two women involved in opposing housing projects,
A PLACE TO CALL HOME explores what is happening to public housing in a climate of privatisation and state sponsored gentrification.

Reclaiming Our Herstory: New Zealand Women and World War One

Two WSA(NZ) one-day events featuring speakers and cultural performance to explore the meanings of World War One for New Zealand women.

Tickets $10 on, price includes morning and afternoon tea. Limited cash-only door sales.
(The event's poster is here.)

Wellington: Saturday, 28 March, St John's, Dixon Street, 9:30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Jane Tolerton, Grace Millar and other exciting speakers and a performance of He Aha Te Utu; a lunch arrangement will be made with a koha.

Auckland: Sunday, 12 April, Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, 9.30am - 4:00pm. Programme includes Sandra Coney, Jane Tolerton and other exciting speakers in panels as well as a cultural performance. Lunch will be catered by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and a koha would be appreciated.

Supported by Lottery World War One Commemorations.

Women's Studies Association (NZ) Summer school

Kerikeri, 23-26 January 2015

The Women's Studies Association (NZ) summer school at Kingston House in Kerikeri over Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend was a great success.

The theme for the summer school involved looking at Māori and Pākehā women talking together two hundred years ago and talk between between Māori and tauiwi women today. The timing was close to the bicentenary of first Pākehā settlement in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A field trip was made to Hohi Bay (Oihi Bay) to look at the site of first Māori-Pākehā settler conversations.

Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins, authors of He Kōrero: First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper (Huia Publications) spoke, along with speakers from Ngāpuhi, the Northland iwi, which is currently negotiating a settlement with the Crown over Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances.

Mentioned during the weekend were the following:
Is Research (feminist) Activism? seminar 2 Feb 2015
Ngapuhi Speaks as an e-book.


Held SATURDAY AUGUST 30th. Please see the event's poster for more information.

Women's Choice 2014 - Election Forum

WSA(NZ) joined with the Women's Centre, Campus Feminist Collective, AUSA, National Council of Women, The Hand Mirror and others to bring you the triennial Auckland election forum focused on women's issues.

It was held on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00pm, chaired by Judy McGregor, with panellists from the major parties including: Jan Logie (Greens), Carol Beaumont (Labour) and Maggie Barry (National).

See the event poster here and check it out on the Women's Choice 2014 Facebook page.