Past events

NZWRI strongly commits to engagement with external stakeholders and the public – such as businesses, government and the community. We highly regard the efforts of public commitment to disseminate research outcomes widely and translate findings for a non-academic audience. Our recent events can be found below.

29 November 2019 - ANZOPOB Conference

Co-hosted by NZWRI's Wellbeing and Performance Research Group, this conference welcomes practitioners, academics and postgraduate students working on topics related to organisational/work psychology and organisational behaviour to get together and discuss their research.

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25-26 November 2019 - In-Work Poverty Launch and Seminar

The Human Rights Commission is launching research on In-Work Poverty conducted by the NZ Work Research Institute in Auckland on the 25th of November and hosting a public seminar in Wellington on the 26th of November. Professor Pacheco and Dr Plum will present the research, while Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, will speak to the human rights implications of In-Work Poverty.

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7-8 November 2019 - AAHANZBS 11th Annual Conference

The Business and Labour History Group of NZWRI hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools. The conference theme was: Institutions and Change.

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6 November 2019 - Job-to-job Transitions and the Regional Job Ladder

NZWRI and the Productivity Commission co-hosted a public seminar by Guanyu Zheng (a.k.a Fish), a Senior Advisor in the Economics and Research Team at the New Zealand Productivity Commission. Fish spoke to regional job transitions in New Zealand using the Linked Employer-Employee Database (LEED).

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12 August 2019 - Religion and Business: Reaping the Diversity Dividend

Is religion good for business? Is a religiously diverse workforce a benefit or deficit? What is the appropriate role for religion in New Zealand businesses and workplaces, and how does the Treaty of Waitangi relate to the possible religious diversity dividend? This symposium explores the relationship between business and religion in the contemporary world.

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22 May 2019 - Barriers to participation: what would make a difference and would it work?

The symposium is considering how to overcome barriers to participation in resolving employment relationship problems – in the direct discussions between workers and employers, in attending mediation and in taking part in authority or court proceedings.

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24 April 2019 - Heritage Talk: Spice it up with Professor Edwina Pio

Professor Edwina Pio examines how New Zealanders have historically shunned stereotypes, yet the future demands compassion and inclusiveness. Hosted by Auckland Council, this talk will look at how we must give back for the privilege of living in Aotearoa.

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12 April 2019 - The Effect of Interest Caps on Bankruptcy: Synthetic Control Evidence from Recent Payday Lending Bans

Payday loans have the potential to both help and harm consumers. In this paper, Dr Kabir Dasgupta uses interest-rate caps as quasi-experiments to test whether access to payday credit affects delinquencies and bankruptcies. This seminar is hosted by the Department of Economics at Auckland University.

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14 March 2019 - Wage Effects of Baccalaureate Time to Degree in the United States

Dr Christopher Erwin presented his research exploring whether delayed graduation carries a labour market penalty in the United States. This seminar was co-hosted by the NZ Work Research Institute and the School of Economics at AUT University.

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19 February 2019 - Employment Relations Seminar and Discussion

Professor John W. Budd presented a seminar on dispute resolution, which was followed by a discussion about NZWRI Employment Relations Research Group projects for 2019.

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14 February 2019 - Productivity of Housing Construction: A literature discussion and scoping exercise

Dr Nan Jiang presented her research on construction sector productivity to the NZ Productivity Commission.

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Past events from previous years

3 December 2018 - 13th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife

This event was a valuable opportunity for obtaining collegial feedback on ongoing research in the area of emotions in work settings.

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8 November 2018 - Global Mobility: Experiences of Filipino Nurses in Iceland

Dr Erla S. Kristjánsdóttir, University of Iceland, presented her research on the experiences of Filipino Nurses in Iceland.

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23 October 2018 - The measurement of in-work poverty and why it matters

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Cardiff University, Dr Rod Hick, presented a seminar on measuring in-work poverty.

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19 October 2018 - VUW Applied Econometrics Workshop

Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, Dr Kabir Dasgupta, Dr Alexander Plum and Dr Christopher Erwin presented their econometric-based papers.

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13 September 2018 - Barriers to participation: a symposium

This event was presented by Dr Todd Nachowitz and Dr Nick Thompson.

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12 September 2018 - Utilising census data and critical textual analysis for research

This event was presented by Dr Todd Nachowitz and Dr Nick Thompson.

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15 August 2018 - Pay Equity

Panel discussion and Q&A session addressing the differences between equal pay, pay equity and the gender pay gap.

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26 June 2018 - Symposium - Living Standards Framework

Presented by The Treasury and the NZWRI.

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28 May 2018 - Deconstructing the Digital Divide

The latest findings from the World Internet Project NZ were launched at this event, presented by InternetNZ and the NZWRI.

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16 March 2018 - Persistence of Low Pay Employment

Dr Alexander Plum and Professor Gail Pacheco presented their research on low pay in NZ.

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2 February 2018 - Land Use Regulation, the Redevelopment Premium and House Prices

This seminar explored the effect of upzoning on property values using a rich dataset of residential sales transactions.

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  • 4 October – Office Space; Wellbeing and Performance
  • 22 September – Ethnicity in the Workspace
  • 6 September – Wellbeing and performance: Which one comes first?
  • 22 August – Democracy and the Internet
  • 11 August – The past, present and future of the World Internet Project
  • 11 August – Business History as a Platform for Progress
  • 11 August – Warrantless arrest laws for domestic violence: How are youth affected?
  • 26 May –  Quality of Life Symposium: A multidisciplinary discussion
  • 4 May – How do employees feel about the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • 10 March – The 'Soda Tax' is Unlikely to Make Mexicans Lighter
  • 1 March –  Post-feminist times

Media mentions

The institute is often mentioned in the media. We have collated a selection of coverage about our research and members.

NZWRI in the media