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 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series - Richard Bedford

University of Auckland and the Royal Society Te Apārangi 2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series - Professor Richard Bedford - People and Place.
Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Helen Pengelly, Events Coordinator, University of Auckland +64 9 373 7999 ext 48616 or email

​The University of Auckland and the Royal Society Te Apārangi presents the 2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series

Free public lecture and networking opportunity.

Professor Richard Bedford

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

People and place

Aotearoa New Zealand’s population on the eve of Tuia – Encounters 250 dual heritage, shared future

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”
Tuia Encounters 250

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.

Professor Richard Bedford

Professor Richard (Dick) Bedford QSO, FRSNZ 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.

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2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series Programme 

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.

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 previous 2017 lectures

 Speaker Series webcast catalogue


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