Annual Conference

Academic programme convenor Damian Scarf

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) invites you to participate in our revised 2020 conference theme: Psychology's response in times of crisis - what has changed? The conference will not take place as a face-to-face event, it will take place online. This theme and format change reflect the significant changes in Aotearoa and the world in recent months. With the new conference theme, we want to capture the essence and importance of the mahi of psychologists, while highlighting recent changes in psychological practise, academic research, and society more generally. In many ways, the pandemic has pushed us into the future, with much of research, training, and practise moving online. The conference is a chance to present not only on how things have changed, but also both the positives and potential drawbacks of these changes. What changes should we embrace? What impact may the changes have on the role of psychologists, how we support the community, issues of social justice and New Zealand society in the future? How can we better address our responsibility to honour the Treaty of Waitangi and cultural diversity?
The conference presents a great opportunity for professionals and students to share their insights, discuss findings in a supportive context. We hope to ‘virtually’ see you there and playing a role in leading psychological scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand!  

Presentation streams:

  • Tūia te muka here tāngata (Bind the strands of humanity) 
    bicultural presentations
  • Tamariki and rangatahi
    In these challenging times it is more important than ever to invest in the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi to ensure the best possible future. What are the key issues and what is working well?
    Poipoia te kakano, Kia puawai – Nurture the seed and it will blossom
  • Social, economic and political impacts of crisis
    The COVID-19 pandemic has, and will continue to have, marked social and economic impacts in New Zealand. In this theme, we want to explore the nature of these impacts and the psychological mechanisms that contribute to them
  • Innovations in service delivery
    How have we embraced our new technologies? How effective are they - what works for whom? What will the Mental Health needs of our population be going forward and how will we best meet them? What are the challenges ahead?
    Kua takoto te manuka - The leaves of the manuka tree have been laid down
  • Our Working Lives
    How organisations and workers move forward after major change and crisis
    He moana pukepuke e ekengia te waka- A choppy sea can be navigated
  • Psychological perspectives on global threats - what have we been learning?
    As a profession, psychology has a number of roles in the local, national and international responses to unprecedented threats to human populations, people's livelihoods, cultural and social structures and their futures. How are we doing? What's ahead?  
    I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho  - A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.
  • The impact of a pandemic on mental health and wellbeing – how are we doing in Aotearoa?
    What have been some of the differential impacts of Covid-19 on our country’s population in terms of addiction, suicide, self-harm, violence, anxiety and other serious mental health difficulties? How have we been resilient? What have we learned and what do we need to address going forward with the new knowledge of the ever-present threat of global crises such as this?

  • Coordinating and communicating wellbeing messages to New Zealanders during COVID-19 lockdown: Reflecting on lessons offered

Conference programme

Here is the draft conference programme (uploaded 6 August) - it is likely there will be further changes to the order of presentations and more speakers will be added.


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Introducing the keynote speakers

Jaimie Veale.jpgJaimie Veale is a keynote speaker in the Social, Economic and Political Impacts of Crisis stream. Keynote: Material hardship, social inequities, and the differential impacts of Covid-19 on Trans and Non-binary People in Aotearoa

atawhai_500x500.jpgAtawhai Tibble is a keynote speaker in The impact of a pandemic on mental health and wellbeing – how are we doing in Aotearoa? stream.

Jeffrey Ansloos.jpgJeffrey Ansloos is a keynote speaker in the Tūia te muka here tāngata (Bind the strands of humanity) stream. Keynote: Promoting Indigenous mental health in the midst of a pandemic: Reflections and resources from Turtle Island

Andrew Becroft1.jpgJudge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner, is a keynote speaker in the tamariki and rangatahi stream. Keynote: Getting it right for rangatahi and tamariki wellbeing in Aotearoa

Arthur Evans 1.pngArthur Evans CEO and Executive Vice President, APA is keynote speaker in the stream Psychological perspectives on global threats - what have we been learning?

Lara Greaves.pngLara Greaves is a keynote speaker in the Social, Economic and Political Impacts of Crisis stream. Keynote: Tracking the effects of COVID-19 on attitudes and well-being: Lessons from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study

Pat Dudgeon new.jpgPat Dudgeon is keynote speaker in the Tūia te muka here tāngata (Bind the strands of humanity) stream.

NatashaMatamua.jpgNatasha Tassell-Matamua is keynote speaker in the stream Psychological perspectives on global threats - what have we been learning? Keynote: Toitū te taiao, toitū te tāngata. The inter-relativity of Māori and the environment

Denise new.jpgDenise Kingi-Uluave is keynote speaker in the Innovations in service delivery stream. Keynote: Le Va’s ‘Trouble in the bubble? #CatchYourself’  online educational campaign for maintaining respectful relationships while in lockdown

Evangelene Daniela-Wong.jpgEvangelene Daniela-Wong is keynote speaker in the Tūia the muka here (Bind the strands of humanity) stream. Keynote: Developing Mental Health Services in the Pacific - where does Psychology fit


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