The 2022 New Zealand Skeptics Conference, back in person for the first time since 2019!

We’d love to see you at this year’s conference, where we’re planning a jam-packed weekend of talks, entertainment and socialising. Join us and hang out with like-minded people.


On the weekend of the 25th to 27th of November. Our weekend starts with an evening of puzzles, comedy and fun at a local pub. Then there’s an entire weekend of skeptical talks from knowledgeable, engaging speakers. And, if you’re not tired after the first day of talks, there will be an opportunity to join other skeptics for an informal meal at a local restaurant on the Saturday the evening.



Our venue for the weekend is the Tararua Tramping Club in central Wellington, just off Kent and Cambridge Terraces. Closer to the event we’ll also announce where our Friday evening entertainment and Saturday evening dinner will be held.


We’ve lined up some great speakers to talk to us about a wide range of interesting skeptical topics. Don’t worry, it won’t all be about COVID conspiracies! Our weekend will be both broad and deep in its coverage of skeptical themes. Keep checking this list as we confirm more speakers and add them over the next few weeks.

  • Siouxsie Wiles

    Siouxsie Wiles

    Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and science communicator based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her specialist areas are infectious diseases and bioluminescence.

  • Chris French

    Chris French

    Professor Chris French is a psychologist who specialises in the psychology of paranormal beliefs.

  • Judy Melinek

    Judy Melinek

    Dr Judy Melinek is a forensic pathologist, and a co-author, along with her husband TJ Mitchell, of three books.

  • Alexander Maxwell

    Alexander Maxwell

    Associate Professor Alexander Maxwell teaches history at Victoria University of Wellington, and specialises in the study of nationalism and cultural history in Eastern Europe.

  • Richard Arnold

    Richard Arnold

    Professor Richard Arnold is the Data Science Programme Director at Victoria University.

How Much?

It’s a bargain! For the low price of $99 for an entire weekend of talks, or $60 for a single day – plus a Friday evening of fun and entertainment – this is about as far from a scam as you can get!