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AHSNZ International Symposium 2017 – Queenstown, NZ

October 20 - October 22

$225 - $375

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The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand | Te Kauwhata Tūhauora o Aotearoa (AHSNZ) is proud to announce its second biennial international symposium, once again on the shores of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A core aim of AHSNZ is to create community, foster collaboration, promote research, and disseminate knowledge relevant to the health, environmental, and economic benefits of an ancestral lifestyle, where our evolutionary biology forms the starting point of such inquiries.  Believing that such discussions and debates are best done in person, the Society’s aim is to hold a biennial international symposium (along with smaller half and full day conferences) in order to allow broader interdisciplinary collaboration between those scientists, healthcare professionals, and laypersons who study and communicate about the human ecological niche and modern health from this evolutionary (and at times, revolutionary) perspective.

There is much from our ancestral past, both distal (our hunter-gatherer ancestry), and more proximal (our mothers, fathers, grandparents) that we need to hang on to, or in some cases, relearn, and apply in the present if we are to head off some of the issues we are likely to face as we move forward in time.  Thus the theme for our international symposium – “Looking Back, Moving Forward”.

Our first such symposium, in the same venue, held in October 2015, was a huge success.  Speakers and attendees who were perhaps sceptical of the rigour of the Society, and its perspectives, were pleasantly surprised that we were all quite sane, robust, and strangely normal!  Hardened, well-travelled academics told us that ours was one of the best organised and most fun conferences that had ever attended.  Plenty of friendships crossing international borders were made and have been maintained.  So in the spirit of “if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it”, we will be doing it all again over the New Zealand Labour Weekend this coming October.

The Society has once again secured one of the best venues possible for such an event – the award-winning Icon Room at the Heritage Queenstown.  

Icon Conference Facility, Heritage Queenstown


We have speakers coming from Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and Australia, as well as plenty of home-grown New Zealand talent, making this a truly international event.  Speakers will cover a range of topics, including nutrition, medicine, psychology, and physical activity, and discuss the evolutionary origins of disease, modern biological mismatches, and how the knowledge of the past might inform us on both the problems of present and those of the future.

We are pleased to welcome the return of some 2015 favourites, Professor Felice Jacka (AUS), Dallas Hartwig (CAN), Steph Gaudreau (USA), and Darryl Edwards (UK), as well as some exciting new recruits for 2017, including Katy Bowman (USA), Pilar Gerasimo (USA), Dr Rangan Chatterjee (UK), and Dr Tim Gerstmar (USA).


The TSS Earnslaw cruising Lake Wakatipu

There are only 175 tickets to be released for this event!

General Admission – Early (First 75 tickets) – $375

General Admission – Late (Last 75 tickets) – $450

Full-Time Student Admission (25 tickets) – $225

For 2017, ticket prices include access to all symposium presentations & workshops, plus refreshments, across all three days of this event.



October 20
October 22
$225 - $375




Icon Room, Heritage Hotel
91 Fernhill Road
Queenstown , 9300 New Zealand
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General Admission - Early$375.00Each ticket includes entry across all 3 days of the symposium plus food and beverages for each day of the event.

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Full-Time Student Admission$225.00All presenters need to be a full-time student at a registered tertiary institute. Photo student ID will be required upon event check in. If no ID, entry may be refused unless late entry admission is paid. Each ticket includes entry across all 3 days of the symposium plus food and beverages for each day of the event.

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