AAA NZAA Joint Conference 2018

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 organizations to create dialogue around some of these similarities, but also to highlight and contextualize differences, and to learn from what each organization does exceptionally well.


The NZAA and AAA annual conference will be held at Auckland University from 27 November to 1 December 2018.

Tue 27 November

  • Indigenous Workshop
  • CAA-A Photogrammetry Workshop

Wed 28 November

  • Mihi and keynote speaker, then papers
  • AGMs may run in evening

Thur 29 November

  • Papers
  • AGMs may run in evening

Fri 30 Nov – papers

  • Papers
  • Conference dinner

Sat and Sun 1 & 2 December

  • Field trip to Northlan / Te Tai Tokerau returning on Sunday afternoon

Important dates (Provisional)

9 April: First call for sessions
18 May: Sessions close
11 June: First call for papers
20 July: Papers close
10 August: Confirmation of papers/authors
3 September: Registrations open
12 October: End of early bird registration
28–30 November: Conference papers
1–2 December: Post conference field trip, Northland

Registration & Cancellation

  • Registration opens on September 3, 2018.
  • Day rates will be available.
  • Details on cancellation policy to be advised.


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

Call for sessions

Submissions are now invited for proposed sessions. We particularly welcome session proposals that will expand the dialogue between our two Associations, but also welcome general conference sessions including historical, Indigenous, cultural heritage, native title, rock art, maritime, museums, archaeological science and public archaeology issues.

Session organisers should provide a title and brief abstract (up to 200 words) for the proposed session(s). All individual sessions will run for 2 hours and include 6 presentations. All papers will strictly be 20 minutes in duration (15 mins speaking + 5 mins question time).

The Call for Sessions is now open and will close Friday 18 May 2018. On Monday 11 June we will announce the conference sessions that have been accepted and place a Call for Papers.

Session proposals should be emailed to

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

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.

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

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


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