New Zealand Branch

The New Zealand Forensic Science Society (NZFSS) is governed by a National Council and has event organising branches in:

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtepoti Dunedin.

While some events are in-person due to the nature of the topic, the majority are available online, making them accessible to society members throughout the country. NZFSS members include forensic practitioners, scientists, researchers, Police, post graduate forensic students and those with an intertest in forensic science from across the country.

National Council and Branch Chairs

Rachel Nickerson

Kia ora, I have been involved in NZFSS since 2003
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James Curran

I am a Professor of Statistics, and currently Head of Department at the University of Auckland. Most of my career has been spent on...
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Julian Atkins

I started work in the NZ Police in 1990 and trained over 5 years to qualify as a NZ police fingerprint expert
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Pritika Ravji

I have been NZFSS Secretary and a NZFSS member since 2021.
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Cameron Johnson

I’ve been an ANZFSS member since 2010
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Dr Robyn Somerville

I am a Senior Forensic Scientist working at ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd)
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Viktoria Papp

I am an independent forensic linguist (MSc Forensic Speech Science, U of York; MA Forensic Linguistics, U of Cardiff, PhD Speech Science, Rice U)
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Eva To

I’m a Senior Fingerprint Officer based at the Upper North Island Forensic Fingerprint Services, NZ Police
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Angela Clark

Committee Members

Sally Ann Harbison

I am a Senior Science Leader and the DNA Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Group of Environmental Science and Research Inc (ESR)
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Bradley Ivory

I am Senior Forensic Technician in the Physical Evidence Team of ESR
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Anjali Gupta

Living in Auckland until May 2021 completing a PhD
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Branch Events

3 August 2022 - 3 August 2022

The Life and Careers of Forensic Experts Seminar

Kia ora koutou kātoa! Nau mai, haere mai ki te takunetanga tuatahi o te tau tuarua haurua. Kia ora everyone. Welcome to the first event of the second half of the year.  We invite you to attend th...

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14 July 2022 - 14 July 2022

Forgotten Boys of Burma: Corruption and Child Abuse in Thailand

Presenter: DS Daniel Isherwood (NZP) Date: Thursday, July 14 Time: NZ (NZST): 6pm QLD / NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS (AEST): 4pm SA / NT (ACST): 3.30pm WA (AWST): 2pm Event type: Zoom + in-person in Chris...

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30 June 2022 - 30 June 2022

Facing reality: Myths and facts in face recognition and comparison

In this “myths and facts” presentation, Vica and Diana attempt to diffuse a number of stubborn misconceptions about face recognition relating to accuracy, bias, privacy, and human and machine c...

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