School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Listed below are forthcoming events either hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law (SACL) or the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CAGTR) or the Chair in Public Finance.

Public Finance Great Festive Debate

Date: 11 December 2014

Time: 3.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor MBIE, 15 Stout Street, Wellington 

The Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance present:


The Victoria University of Wellington Chair in Public Finance and the Government Economics Network invite you to join them at a light-hearted Christmas debate. This will be followed by refreshments.

Andy Williams reckoned “Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet while a fine singer he was no economist and so at this event two teams will debate the lessons that economics provides on this season. Given research published in the American Economic Review (Waldfogel, 1993) showing the deadweight losses of Christmas gifts, should people simply give cash instead? What rights should people who don’t enjoy Christmas (like the Grinch) have to negotiate this season away? And, more generally, is the Christmas extravaganza a waste of time and money?

See our flyer for further information. RSVP by 4 December.

PhD Colloquium 2015

Date: 18 February - 19 February

Time: 8.00 am

Hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Venue: Pipitea Campus, Railway West Wing    

Following successful biennial colloquia at Victoria University of Wellington, for New Zealand or Australian PhD candidates in accounting, the event next year is as follows: 


The aims are to facilitate a network amongst accounting PhD candidates in New Zealand and to help develop their individual research and careers.  


Professor Mike Bradbury (Massey University) 

Professor Steven Cahan (University of Auckland) 

Professor Wai Fong Chua (University of New South Wales) 

Professor Jesse Dillard (Adjunct Professor at VUW) 

Professor Trevor Hopper (Adjunct Professor at VUW) 

Professor Robyn Moroney (Monash University) 


The detailed programme is subject to review when numbers and participants are better known. However, it will include plenary sessions on topics pertinent to each stage of successfully completing a PhD and its aftermath, with opportunities for individual participants to present their work to date and gain feedback in group sessions and/or tutorials. It is expected that participants will attend both days, though under exceptional circumstances, one day's attendance may be possible.


PhD candidates at all stages ranging from consideration of registration to close to completion. Masters-level students undertaking thesis work are also encouraged to attend.

Instructions to Participants:

Please indicate your interest in participating in the SACL PhD Colloquium by emailing Applicants are encouraged to register their interest as early as possible. Applications will be considered in order of receipt or when places are filled, whichever occurs first.

It is envisaged that each participant will submit prior and bring to the Colloquium:

a) A one page summary/outline of their PhD research and a maximum of two presentation slides detailing the key points in this outline; and

b) One presentation slide detailing a significant retrospective, current or prospective problem associated with doing the PhD (or its aftermath). The problems may range from administrative to academic.

Other information:

Pipitea Campus map

Wellington CBD map

We look forward to seeing you at the SACL PhD Colloquium on Wednesday, 18 and Thursday, 19 February 2015!



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