The NZ Skeptics Society is a non-profit body that exists to promote critical thinking.

Not all claims have equal value. For instance we all can believe that gravity exists without question, however we should ask for a little more evidence when an “expert” tells us that the Moa is alive and well and living in Moana!

The Society was started in 1986 by Denis Dutton and Bernard Howard, amongst others. We currently have around 400 members and our annual subs are only $40 for waged and $20 for unwaged. Please take a look around, and we would be delighted if you would like to join.

In the News

  • Pharmacy Council Response Submitted

    Pharmacy Council Code of EthicsThe NZ Skeptics sent a submission to the Pharmacy Council last Friday in response to the Council’s consultation on a suggested change to their Code of Ethics. Thanks to all our members who took the time to visit pharmacies and send us your reports about what they had to say about homeopathy.

    We know of at least three other submissions that were in a similar vein to ours, ...

  • More Skeptical Thoughts

    Mark HoneychurchWhile Siouxsie Wiles has been away from NZ, our Chair Mark Honeychurch has been covering for her on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless radio show. Siouxsie will be back on the radio next week (18th October), but in the meantime here are the recordings of Mark’s latest appearances:

  • Skeptical Thoughts

    Graeme HillOur current chair, Mark Honeychurch, has been filling in for Siouxsie Wiles recently on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless show on RadioLive. He’s had fun chatting with Graeme on the Skeptical Thoughts segment, and has talked about rugby injuries, therapeutic paint, the igNobels and the Republican Primary, amongst other topics.

    Here are links to the recordings:

    Keep an ear out – he may ...

  • The “Law” of Attraction

    MichaelEdmondsOur very own Michael Edmonds (one of the Society’s media spokespeople) features in a short documentary about Dean “Deano” Harrison’s claims that you can make positive things happen merely by willing them.

    The description for the documentary on YouTube says:

    The Law of Attraction: one simple philosophy which Dean Harrison believes has influenced his repeated lottery winnings, and incredible good fortune. A powerful tool? Or wishful thinking?

    We’re pretty sure it’s the latter!

  • NZ Skeptics on The Skeptic Zone

    Skeptic ZoneLast week our chair, Mark Honeychurch, chatted with Richard Saunders on episode 334 of the Australian Skeptics’ “Skeptic Zone” podcast (Aired March 15). Richard pre-emptively introduced Mark with statements like “yes those New Zealanders are just as skeptical as…anybody else”. Richard asked Mark about the history of the movement in New Zealand and “what’s going on in the land of the long white cloud in skepticism”, ...

2016 Conference

Our 2015 Conference was a huge success. Our next conference will be held somewhere in Southland in late 2016. The conference website will be updated when we know more.

Skeptics in the Pub

These informal gatherings are for socially orientated skeptics in various cities. The events are organized independently of NZ Skeptics, although many of the attendees are members and they are sometimes organised in conjunction with NZ Skeptics activities such as lectures.

Upcoming Events

NZ Skeptic Journal

Financial members of the NZ Skeptics receive the quarterly NZ Skeptic journal, 24 pages of the intriguing, interesting and, sometimes, infuriating. We also make PDFs available online for those members who want even faster access to the information.

Selected extracts are freely available for anyone to peruse.


Check out a range of skeptical debate from our local podcasts:

  • The CUSP
  • Skepticism Today

Yahoo Group

This is a discussion forum for members of NZ Skeptics and interested parties.

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