What now? Making Sense of the Election Event as iCalendar

17 October 2017


The University of Auckland Society is delighted to announce the second Society Salon for 2017 – “What now? Making Sense of the Election”

Election Day has been and gone, and still nobody knows how things are going to pan out.

Whatever the result, join our expert panel on 17 October for some in-depth analysis and discussion around what happened and what the future holds.

Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday 17 October
  • Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

(Guests are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm onwards, purchase a drink from the Buttery Bar, and enjoy some complimentary nibbles before the salon officially starts at 6pm)

  • Venue: Old Government House, Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Princes Street, Auckland
  • Cost: There is no charge to attend this event however the opportunity to give a small koha will be available.
  • Details: Cash bar (Complimentary platters will be served)
  • Queries: Natalie Newton, n.newton@auckland.ac.nz 09 923 4653


Click here to register


This event is open to University of Auckland Society members, alumni, staff and students, and their guests. 

Places are limited so bookings are essential. 


Meet the panel



Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin

Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin specialises in politics and public policy in the School of Politics and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts.  She is also the Director of the newly-formed Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland, as well as Coordinator of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme. 

Jennifer’s research focuses on New Zealand and Australian elections, political careers and women in politics as candidates and leaders, and has published widely on topics related to this theme.  In 2012 she was a NZ Fulbright Research Scholar at Georgetown University, where she examined US women leaders.  And last month her co-authored book titled A Bark but no Bite. Inequality in the 2014 New Zealand General Election was launched by the Rt Hon. Helen Clark. 

She regularly speaks about issues connected with her research on women, politics and elections at national and international conferences and in the media.




Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Dr Jennifer Lees-Marshment is a world expert in political marketing, researching the relationship between politicians, government and public opinion.  She is also the academic advisor to TVNZ’s Vote Compass, and first introduced the online tool from Canada, to New Zealand, for the 2014 election. 

Vote Compass enables voters to give their views ranging from strongly agreeing, to strongly disagreeing, on more than 30 policy or issue-based questions. The results are then calculated instantly so viewers can see how closely aligned they are to different party positions.

See this video on how her research had impact through Vote Compass



Dr Edward Elder

Dr Edward Elder is a PhD graduate from the University of Auckland who specialises in political marketing communication in New Zealand and the United States. His research has focused on marketing leadership in government as well as targeted communication on social media. His work can be found in books such as Marketing Leadership in Government, The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and Political Marketing in the United States, as well as in The Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing and The Journal of Political Marketing. He also worked as an analyst for Vote Compass leading into the 2017 New Zealand General Election.



Mark Boyd

Mark Boyd is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, conducting an analysis of television news coverage of New Zealand election campaigns over the past two decades.  He was Executive Producer of the Sydney-based SBS World News from 2002 to 2013, and before that was Foreign Editor at Television New Zealand News for ten years.  Over those two decades he planned and executed coverage of many New Zealand and Australian election campaigns, as well as elections in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Indonesia.


Meet the Chair

Vernon Tava

Vernon Tava holds a Master of Laws (LLM) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and won the Fowlds Memorial Prize for most distinguished masters student in law for his year. He has also taught at the University as a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Planning, in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, and as a tutor in Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law.

He currently works as a business broker with Divest Business Sales. He is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and worked in legal practice for three years before moving into brokerage.  Vernon regularly appears as a commentator on politics and current affairs on television and radio, and has been an elected member of the Waitematā Local Board of Auckland Council since 2013.