Trans-Tasman Dialogues

Despite some striking differences between the archaeological record of New Zealand and Australia, we share the same historical roots as well as some key goals and priorities: the desire to make archaeology an inclusive and collaborative practice between archaeologists, indigenous communities and other stakeholders, to raise public awareness about the richness of the human past in the region, to promote and foster cutting-edge research throughout Oceania and to lobby relevant authorities for the recognition and protection of cultural heritage. This joint conference is a unique opportunity for both organisations to create dialogue around some of these similarities, but also to highlight and contextualise differences, and to learn from what each organisation does exceptionally well.

Principal Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsors

CABAH Logo Rio Tinto Logo


Registrations Open

Registration Category Fee
Member registration (NZAA/AAA) NZ$350
Non-member registration NZ$420
Student registration NZ$290
Day registration NZ$200

Fees are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST

Early bird registration available till 11.59pm 12 October 2018 (New Zealand Standard Time) - CLOSED

Call for Abstracts - CLOSED

The call for papers close 31 August 2018. Papers / authors will be confirmed by 21 September 2018.

Australian delegates are reminded that they are expected to comply with the AAA code of ethics.

Pre Conference Hui / Indigenous Workshop

A pre-conference meeting for Aboriginal, Māori and Pasifika delegates to the NZ & Australian Archaeological Associations’ Conference will take place at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland - Tuesday, 27 November 2018.

For Students and ECRs

Taylor & Francis (the publisher of AA) will be providing two lunch time sessions aimed at students and Early Career Researchers to help them to begin to build their career. Make sure you select the option to attend while registering.

Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed

Our ‘Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed’ talk will guide you through the process of getting a paper published – from choosing a journal, to what to think about when writing to improve your chances of publication, and then on to how to navigate the peer review process. We’ll cover article metrics, how to respond to reviewers’ comments plus more, giving you a thorough understanding of the steps involved, the key information sources you should be aware of, and what you can (and should) be doing to help get your paper published.

Promoting your research: how to maximise your article’s readership

Becoming a published author is something worth talking about, and everyone has a list of friends, colleagues, and influential people they’d like to read their work. Our “Promoting your research: how to maximise your article’s readership” talk will guide you through the tried and tested tips for authors to ensure your research reaches as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Program Overview

Date Event
Tue 27 November Indigenous Archaeology Pre-conference Hui
Welcome Reception and Registration (5.30-7.30pm)
Wed 28 November AIAA meeting (Lunch)
AO Editorial Board meeting (Lunch)
Meet the Graduates (6.00-8.00pm)
Thur 29 November ANCATL meeting (Lunch)
Publishing in Academic Journals (Lunch)
NZAA and AAA AGMs (5.45-7.30pm)
Fri 30 November National Archaeology Week meeting (Lunch)
AA Editorial Board meeting (Lunch)
How to promote your work (Lunch)
ICOMOS NSCRAA Meeting (4.00 – 5.15pm in OGGB 3)
Conference dinner (7pm start)
Sat 1 December Field trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf
Field trip to Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf

Instructions for Poster Presenters

Posters should be a maximum of ISO A0 size in portrait format and be printed on high quality paper (please try to avoid material posters). Posters will be displayed from Wednesday 27 – Friday 30 November in designated area in the Foyer on Level 0. Upon arrival at the Conference please check in at the Registration Desk where you will be provided with your poster number Velcro to hang your poster. Posters are to be dismantled on Friday 30 November by 5:30pm, following the poster session. Dismantling of the posters is the responsibility of the presenter and no responsibility can be accepted by the organiser for collection or safekeeping of posters. Posters not collected by 10am on Saturday 1 December will be discarded. Best Poster Awards will be presented at the Conference Dinner on Friday 30 November.​

Meet the Graduates

This year Meet the Graduates is kindly sponsored and hosted by CABAH (the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage). At this function there will be presentations covering what it is like after graduation… researcher, consultant, museums, representative body and even what it's like to work for Government. This is in addition to sponsors and graduates opportunity to mix as with other years.

Meet the Graduates will be held on Wednesday 28th of November (6pm – 8pm) in the OGGB level 1 foyer. The event is free of charge for all pre-registered students and recent graduates and for our Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors only.

The evening is an opportunity for graduates to network in a relaxed environment with potential employers from the consulting, industry, government, research and education sectors. Representatives from our sponsors will be on hand to talk and answer questions from graduates. All graduates should have copies of their CV with them to hand out to interested potential employers. Canapés and drinks will be served at the event.



The conference will be held at Auckland University in the Owen G Glenn Building, part of the Business School on Grafton Road.

Accommodation Options

The hotels listed below have offered NZAA/AAA conference delegates special room rates. Accommodation is not limited to the hotels listed below and there are a wide range of hotels and hostels within walking distance or an easy bus ride to the conference venue that are not listed. The common international booking sites do operate in Auckland, i.e., and holiday homes can be found at Bookabach if you want to share accommodation.

Please note that online prices fluctuate depending on demand.

We recommend delegates look to book accommodation in good time due to demand expected at this time of year.

Pullman Hotel | Copthorne Hotel | Quadrant Hotel & Suites | University Halls of Residence


Qantas | Jetstar | Virgin | Webjet