The full programme for the 2013 NZABA Conference is now available for download.




Good afternoon everyone,

 To give us an indication of numbers of likely attendees at the NZABA Conference next month, could all attendees please answer the two questions (a) whether you are planning on attending the conference, and b) whether you (and your partner/family) are planning on attending the conference dinner on Saturday) on the “Attendance Poll” at the link below:


Please forward this link on to students (or any others who are not on the mailing list) who are planning on attending also. We would like your replies to this poll ASAP.

Please note that conference registration for NZABA 2013 will occur on the morning of Saturday 31st August. All conference attendees must register their attendance. Conference fees are $140 for waged (payable upon registration), and free for students. Please note that although students pay no fees, they still need to register on the day. (Voting on the “attendance polls” does not mean that you have “registered” – you still need to register your actual attendance on Saturday morning.)

Further conference details (including details about Friday’s drinks and Saturday’s dinner) are now available on the NZABA website here:


To all those who are presenting, can you please submit your abstracts to Chris by 19th August (although ASAP is preferred to lessen the administration workload). Please include all authors and affiliations when you do so. Email abstracts to c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz. Please note that talks will be 15 minutes each, plus a few minutes for questions.


A final reminder that today is the last day to send in your title submissions for the 2013 NZABA Conference, to be held in Auckland from 30 August – 1 September. Please submit your titles today to Chris Podlesnik at c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz.

For all those planning on presenting, the abstract deadline is the 19th August. Please send your abstracts to Chris Podlesnik at c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz.

Talks will be 15 minutes each + a few minutes for questions.

Finally, here are some more details from Chris about venues and accommodation for NZABA 2013:


The conference will be held at the Copthorne Hotel on Saturday and on the University of Auckland campus on Sunday (10 Symonds Street). Both are within a 5 min walk from one another.

If anyone wants to stay at the Copthorne Hotel, they must book directly with them and quote the conference booking ID: #79283 to receive the special rate of $110 (includes GST) per night. The booking will be confirmed subject to availability.

Here is the hotel contact info:

150 Anzac Avenue

P.O. Box 3272

Auckland, 1010

New Zealand

T. +64 9 379 8509

F. +64 9 379 8582


We are working toward coming up with a place to meet informally on Friday night and for the Saturday night dinner. Hopefully, both will be quite close.

Thanks, let me know if you have any questions.




It’s time to put on your thinking/creativity hats!

Driven partly by the fact that we can’t find a high-resolution version of the current NZABA logo, and also by the fact that it could probably with an update anyway, we’ve decided to run an NZABA logo competition!

The rules are fairly simple:

  •  Create a logo for NZABA (see our banner above for our current one).
  • Try to stick with a square-ish configuration if possible (it fits better on posters and websites).

Email all entries to celia@psy.otago.ac.nz by 5pm on May 20th. We will then open up voting to everyone on the NZABA mailing list. The winner gets to see their logo proudly displayed on the upcoming “call for papers” for this year’s conference, on the NZABA website, as well as future NZABA-related things.

Looking forward to seeing all your entries!