NZ Skeptics Conference 2018

16th - 18th November, Butterfly Creek, Auckland
This year’s NZ Skeptics Conference is on the weekend of the 16th – 18th of November in Auckland.   The conference is conveniently located at Butterfly Creek near Auckland International Airport, where the entire conference takes place. Events kick off on the Friday evening with a conference welcome and skeptically themed pub quiz.   There’s a full day of speakers on Saturday at the followed by dinner where you can chat with our speakers.   Sunday has more speakers and a panel, and the weekend wraps up with the NZ Skeptics’ AGM.

Fantastic Speakers!

This year features an amazing array of both international and local speakers, covering many fascinating skeptical topics.

Ian Bryce

Ian qualified at Monash University in science and engineering. His career has involved applying science to spaceflight for companies including Hawker de Havilland, Optus and Asia Pacific Space Centre. He created several space courses and lectured for eight years at...

Russell Brown

Russell Brown is journalist, music writer and media commentator. He is the owner of the Public Address community of blogs, and writes the blog Hard News. Brown's journalism career began in the early 1980s with the Christchurch Star and the music zine Rip It Up. In...

Professor Kathleen Campbell

Kathy is a geologist, paleoecologist and astrobiologist. The broad theme of her research is paleoecology - the interaction of ancient organisms with their surrounding environments - whether they were living in normal marine environments, along geologically dynamic...

Dr Gavin Ellis

Gavin is a former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald. His career in journalism spanned more than 40 years and included periods as a political journalist and defence correspondent. He was chair of the Media Freedom Committee, representing all mainstream media on...

Associate Professor Jennifer Frost

Jennifer Frost is a historian of 20th century United States society, politics, and culture at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She is the author of “An Interracial Movement of the Poor”: Community Organizing and the New Left in the 1960s (2001), Hedda...

Dacia Herbulock

Dacia Herbulock became Director of the Science Media Centre in 2018, having played a pivotal role in shaping the SMC’s direction since its launch in 2008. Over the past decade, she has designed and led initiatives to broaden New Zealand’s network of media savvy...

Dr. Daniel Hikuroa

Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth Systems Scientists who integrates mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with. He is an established world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and...

Dr Justine Kingsbury

Justine Kingsbury teaches and researches at the University of Waikato in critical thinking, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and aesthetics. She has recently been part of a team developing and testing an interactive online critical thinking course, and has...

Dr Nick Kim

Nick is a senior lecturer at Massey University in Wellington and specializes in environmental chemistry and contamination issues. He has also worked as an academic at Waikato, a science advisor to local government, a senior policy analyst in central government, and a...

Kathleen Kuehn

Kathleen Kuehn is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on the relationship between digital media/technologies, privacy, surveillance and a second line...

Dr. Alex Taylor

Having studied biology at Oxford University, I won a Commonwealth scholarship for a PhD at the University of Auckland. I then moved to the University of Cambridge,  where I was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College. I took up a position as...

Dr. Simon Connell

Within Contract Law, Simon is especially interested in the law of contract interpretation and how it interacts with other areas of contract law, which was the topic of his PhD. Simon’s research has also addressed other contract law topics, including the rule against...

A Weekend of Skepticism

We’ve filled the weekend with great talks, workshops and a round table discussion with influential and interesting skeptics.

Our Venue

The conference venue is at Butterfly Creek, near Auckland Airport. There are three hotels nearby, ample parking, and easy transfer from central Auckland.

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A full weekend of Skepticism, interesting talks and fun at a fantastically low price


Earlybird pricing extended until Friday 9th November 2018

The conference starts in









There are two hotels within walking distance from the venue: The more upmarket Novotel, and the ibis budget.   Alternatively you can check out these websites for affordable accommodation.   AirBNB    BookaBach    NZ Tourism Guide
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