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The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand | Te Kauwhata Tūhauora o Aotearoa (AHSNZ) is proud to announce that it will be holding its first international symposium on the shores of the stunning Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand from October 23rd – 25th, 2015.


One of the core aims of AHSNZ is to promote research and disseminate knowledge relevant to the health, environmental, and economic benefits of an ancestral lifestyle.  Believing that the discussion, debating, and sharing of such knowledge is best done in real time, and in person, AHSNZ’s aim is to hold regular one-day conferences, and this biannual international symposium, to allow broader interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists, healthcare professionals, and laypersons who study and communicate about the human ecological niche and modern health from an evolutionary perspective.

Several of the foundation members of the AHSNZ have been regular attendees of our sister society’s annual conference in the USA.  Attendees to the AHS symposia would all agree that there is no substitute for hearing a speaker discuss their topic of interest live, and being able to meet and mingle with so many passionate like-minded souls in person.  It is often the serendipitous meetings between the lectures and presentations which can lead to further opportunity for collaboration, knowledge development, and friendships, as many members of these societies and their spin-offs will attest to.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting many speakers and guests at this first international conference, including Professor David Raubenheimer, Professor Simon Kingham, Professor Felice Jacka, Dallas Hartwig, Dr Emily Deans, Stephanie Gaudreau, Diana Rodgers, Julie Anne Genter and Jamie Scott. These special guests have all been instrumental in inspiring the development of AHSNZ, as well as positively influencing the health of many New Zealanders through their work and writing.

Many other great speakers from New Zealand, USA, and Australia will be announced over the coming months.

The AHSNZ has been fortunate to secure one of the most stunning venues possible for such a conference – the award-winning Icon Room at the Heritage Queenstown, as well as special conference rates and dining menus for those delegates who choose to stay on site.

Heritage Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand

Icon Conference Facility, Heritage Queenstown

Tickets to this conference are limited to 200 spaces and will sell out!  Conference tickets and accommodation packages will be released early in the new year, with AHSNZ supporters receiving the first opportunity to purchase these.

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