Applied Linguistics in Aotearoa New Zealand (ALANZ) is an organisation for people with an interest in research into applied linguistics in the New Zealand and related contexts.

What is ALANZ?

Applied Linguistics in Aotearoa New Zealand (ALANZ) is an organisation for people with an interest in research into applied linguistics in the New Zealand and related contexts. We welcome as members active researchers, supervisors of research, student researchers and those who are interested in keeping up-to-date with research. Areas of research which are of interest to ALANZ members include foreign and second language education, Māori language, cross-cultural pragmatics, speech and language disorders, language planning, and community languages, and many others.



New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics is the journal of ALANZ. It is a peer-reviewed journal with two issues each year. Information about the journal can be found by clicking here.


ALANZ holds an annual conference or symposium for the sharing of research, as well as occasional research seminars. In each even-numbered year, an ALANZ Symposium is held in New Zealand. It is generally a one-day event. In odd-numbered years, ALANZ joins with its Australian counterpart, the ALAA (the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia) and ALTAANZ (the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Aotearoa New Zealand) to hold a larger international conference, the organisation and venue for which alternates between New Zealand and Australia. More information about past and future conferences and symposia can be found by clicking here.

News and Information

ALANZ provides regular information to members on matters of interest through email or other means according to members’ preferences.
We love to share news of what our members have been up to! If you have recently published research or have a news story to share, e.g. a project or a student who has recently completed their PhD, let us know (hilary_smith@xtra.co.nz) so we can share on our ALANZ social media sites. Photos are very welcome, and website links will be helpful.


Hilary Smith has over 30 years of teaching and researching in New Zealand and Australia, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. She has lived in Tonga, Papua Guinea, Lao PDR, and Australia, and has also worked in Indonesia, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands, Nepal, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. Hilary’s academic focus is on education in multilingual and developing country contexts, with particular expertise in English language education, measuring attitudes, language policy, and language revival.

She also has a particular interest in organisational development and leadership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and monitoring and development (M&E) for NGOs. She has had a long involvement with New Zealand’s international volunteer sending organisation VSA (Te Tūao Tāwāhi Volunteer Service Abroad), including serving as national Chair for nine years, and is one of six life members. She is a past president of TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

In Australia, Hilary is supporting the revival of the Gamilaraay language of northern New South Wales, with the Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Gunnedah.

She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at Massey University, Palmerston North, and an Honorary Affiliate of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.

She writes an irregular blog Language Alive!


ALANZ Press Release 19 June 2023


ALANZ Background and Constitution

Applied Linguistics in Aotearoa New Zealand was formed in 1993 and held its first AGM on Friday 13th May, 1994. The ALANZ Constitution of the Association was endorsed at the first AGM. A copy of it is available by clicking here.

ALANZ Annual General Meeting

The association holds an AGM.

DRAFT AGM minutes 27-11-2022

AGM minutes 27-11-2021


Executive Committee

President: Hilary Smith, hilary_smith@xtra.co.nz
Oliver Ballance Secretary: Oliver Ballance​, Massey University, O.J.Ballance@massey.ac.nz
Treasurer: Rachael Ruegg, Te Henrenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, Rachael.Ruegg@vuw.ac.nz
Karen Ashton Membership Secretary: Karen Ashton, Massey University, K.Ashton@massey.ac.nz
Website Manager: Irina Elgort, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, irina.elgort@vuw.ac.nz
Social Media Manager: Grace Qi, Massey University, G.Qi@massey.ac.nz
New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics (NZSAL) Editor: Stephen Skalicky, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, stephen.skalicky@vuw.ac.nz
Recent Past Presidents

Karen Ashton, 2020-2021

Cynthia White, 2017-2019

Lynn Grant, 2013-2017

John Macalister, 2009-2013

John Bitchener, 2005-2009