2009 Editorial.
Article Type: Editorial
Author: Kazantzis, Nikolaos
Pub Date: 11/01/2009
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Psychology Publisher: New Zealand Psychological Society Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Psychological Society ISSN: 0112-109X
Issue: Date: Nov, 2009 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 3
Accession Number: 230766114
Full Text: This issue of The New Zealand Journal of Psychology marks the end of my term as Editor. I would like to thank the New Zealand Psychological Society for the opportunity to serve in this role. During the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, I have been privileged to read and offer comment on the submissions representing a range of interests to Psychology in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

The Journal publishes articles with research data collected in Aotearoa / New Zealand, along with discussion of contemporary issues for the local cultural and social context. During my term, I have witnessed the Journal's responsiveness to these aims and their application in professional psychology practice. In this way, the Journal is one extension of the Society's service to the community.

The increase in submissions to the Journal aiming to explore cultural issues has been encouraging. The continued participation and partnership among tangata whenua (Maori) and other cultural groups is important. I am sure that the Journal will continue to support the principle of respect for the diversity of peoples through the invitation, review, and publication of local psychological research.

From the first issue of 2010, Dr. John Fitzgerald (from the Psychology Centre in Hamilton) will be the new Editor of The New Zealand Journal of Psychology. John has a wealth of experience from his work in psychological research and practice, and has been active in the Society's Institute for Clinical Psychology. For these reasons. I join with the Society's Executive in welcoming John to this important role.

I wish to acknowledge the help and support from colleagues on the Journal's Editorial Board and those at the Society's National Office. I am indebted to the immediate past Editor, Dr. Michael O'Driscoll for guidance through much of my term, as well as support from Associate Editors (in alphabetical order) Dr. Neville Blampied, Dr. Bronwyn Campbell, Dr. Harlene Hayne, and Dr. Janet Leathem. I also wish to acknowledge the contributions of the staff at the Society's National Office, namely Debra Ridgway, Juliet Stone. and Pamela Hyde. I extend a warm note of thanks to Helen McMaster (from Massey University) and Elizabeth Schmidt (from La Trobe University) for their editorial assistance work. I am also grateful to the colleagues who contributed anonymous reviews of manuscripts and who provided other forms of advice and consultation in support of the editorial review process. The Journal would not be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm from a group of hardworking individuals, who share a belief in science and progress as being useful for our professional work in the community.

Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D.

Editor, New Zealand Journal of Psychology
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