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.

25 February 2021 - Barriers to Inclusivity and Transformative Cultural Responses in a Mongolian School Context

The New Zealand Work Research Institute (Immigration & Inclusion Research Group) and the Gender & Diversity Research Group invite you to our first seminar of 2021. Dr Dorrie Hancock will discuss barriers to inclusivity and transformative cultural responses in a Mongolian school context.

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1 September 2020 - Carework Webinar Series

This webinar looks at the challenges for care workers arising from the current crisis and will start a conversation about how we achieve change for justice and equity for paid care workers in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

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17 September 2020 - NZWRI Seminar Series

This seminar features research fellow Christopher Erwin, who will discuss a recent co-authored paper on the relationship between criminality and victimisation.

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22 October 2020 - Examining selected policy issues in NZ via the application of quasi-experimental methods linked to administrative data

This seminar features NZWRI's Associate Director Lisa Meehan, who will discuss her PGR9: Examining selected policy issues in NZ via the application of quasi-experimental methods to linked administrative data.

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21 May 2020 - BEL Research Seminar

Dr Katherine Ravenswood, Associate Professor in Employment Relations, is presentiong a seminar on the struggle to be safe and healthy in home support work during COVID-19.

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19 March 2020 - NZWRI Seminar Series

The first seminar in the series features Astrid Pape who is a PhD student at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin and who will discuss a recently co-authored paper on the “gender care gap“.

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Past events from previous years

29 November 2019 - ANZOPOB Conference

Co-hosted by NZWRI's Wellbeing and Performance Research Group, this conference encouraged 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 launched research on In-Work Poverty conducted by the NZ Work Research Institute in Auckland on the 25th of November and hosted a public seminar in Wellington on the 26th of November. Professor Pacheco and Dr Plum presented the research, while Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, spoke 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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14 October 2019 - The Evolution of Gender Gaps in Numeracy and Literacy Between Childhood and Young Adulthood

Dr Marco Paccagnella of the OECD will present his research on gender differences in numeracy and literacy skills, including how the gaps evolve from age 10 to age 27 and if their evolution differs across countries.

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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 explored 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?

This symposium considered 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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2 May 2019 - Price Effects of Special Housing Areas in Auckland

Dr Mario Andres Fernandez will present his paper investigating the causal effects of the Special Housing Areas (SHAs) programme on housing prices and the implications on affordability.This seminar is co-hosted by the NZ Work Research Institute and the School of Economics at AUT University.

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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 addressed 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 was hosted by the Department of Economics at Auckland University.

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28 March 2019 - The Value of Care: the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement

This event launched the report 'The Value of Care: Understanding the impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement on the residential aged care, home and community care and disability sectors', co-authored by Dr Julie Douglas and Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood. View the livestream video.

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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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  • 3 December 2018 - 13th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife
  • 8 November 2018 - Global Mobility: Experiences of Filipino Nurses in Iceland
  • 23 October 2018 - The measurement of in-work poverty and why it matters
  • 19 October 2018 - VUW Applied Econometrics Workshop
  • 13 September 2018 - Barriers to participation: a symposium
  • 12 September 2018 - Utilising census data and critical textual analysis for research
  • 15 August 2018 - Pay Equity Panel Discussion
  • 26 June 2018 - Symposium - Living Standards Framework
  • 28 May 2018 - Deconstructing the Digital Divide
  • 16 March 2018 - Persistence of Low Pay Employment
  • 2 February 2018 - Land Use Regulation, the Redevelopment Premium and House Prices
  • 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