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Feature articles

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Dr Chris Rudd sees implications for NZ’s future social policy

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy is likely to have an impact on social policy in New Zealand.

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Assoc Prof Vicki Spencer

NZ should take more refugees

Vicki Spencer looks at the refugee crisis and the UN’s 1967 Protocol.

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News and events

Politics Students Association (POLSA)

Friday, 2 March 2018

POLSA was established by students who recognized a lack of student support and open intra-departmental communication. We believe that if we come together, our university experience can be enriched! Chuck us a like to keep up to date with the latest social and academic events relevant to all Pols students. Don't forget to sign up if you want a say in how this group runs, and for discounts in ticketed events!

NZPSA Conference

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Department of Politics is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference in Dunedin on 29 November - 1 December.

NZ should take more refugees

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. This is the 11th in a series of reflections on politics over the past 50 years. This month Vicki A. Spencer looks at the refugee crisis and the UN’s 1967 Protocol.

Staff video

Professor Janine Hayward, New Zealand Politics

50 mins

Professor Janine Hayward, New Zealand Politics

50 mins