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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


Online registrations for this event have now closed - if you would still like to attend, please contact Natalie Newton on n.newton@auckland.ac.nz


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

Places are limited so bookings are essential.  


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Prize Draw

All attendees will go into the draw to win a copy of the recently released A Bark But No Bite - Inequality and the 2014 New Zealand General Election by Jack Vowles, Hilde Coffé and our very own Jennifer Curtin.

This book is a comprehensive study of the 2014 election, based on New Zealand Election Study (NZES) data from a sample of 2,830 eligible voters, and provides a detailed account of some interesting findings, including the fact that Labour’s proposal to increase the age for receipt of New Zealand superannuation gained Labour no new votes in the 2014 Election.

Find out more



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Rt Hon Helen Clark with Jennifer Curtin, Director, Public Policy Institute at the launch of "A Bark But No Bite"

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 worked as a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law and has also taught at the University in the Department of Planning and as a tutor at the Faculty of Law.

Vernon practised as a lawyer before moving into business brokerage and regularly appears as a commentator on politics and current affairs on television and radio. He was formerly involved in the Green Party standing as a candidate in the 2011 general election and in 2015 as a candidate for Male Co-Leader of the Party. He has been an elected member of the Waitematā Local Board of Auckland Council since 2013.