Psychology Week

Psychology week 2019, NZPsS events,

2020 New Zealand Psychological Society Psychology Week
11 May – 17 May

The theme of the NZ Psychology Week is “living life well”. This initiative aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people, families/whanau and communities find ways to increase their psychological wellbeing. It also aims to raise awareness of the wide variety of roles that psychologists have in the health, justice, corrections, educational and other sectors.
Psychology Week features events involving New Zealand Psychological Society psychologists across the country including public lectures, and media articles on a range of issues.

The public is welcome at all events; attendance is free.



2019 Psychology Week events:



Wednesday 2 October 5.30pm

The Elusive Climate Consensus

If it’s so obvious, why doesn’t everyone believe (or not) in climate change?

A guest speaker and question panel moderated by Councillor Aaron Hawkins

Victoria University psychology professor Marc Wilson says: No matter how you slice it, the scientific consensus on climate change is that it’s happening, and we’re a part of it. But there is a big gap between expert and lay beliefs about climate change and that suggests it’s not just about education or communicating that consensus. If it were, we’d all be recycling.
In this presentation, I ask the question “if it’s not about the science, what is it about?” The answer, broadly, is “psychology”, and I shall discuss research from New Zealand and elsewhere that illustrates the foundations of our attitudes towards climate change and climate science, as well as other scientific issues. Unfortunately, a lot of this work shows how people become entrenched in their opinions rather than change them, so I shall open up the floor to guests regarding the question “how can we make a difference?”

Venue:  Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum starting at 5.30pm.

Entry:  free, please come – no need to register

UPDATE:  If you are not in Dunedin, this presentation will be streamed live – click this link below (replay availalable):

If you missed the livestream hear this interview on RNZ with Wallace Chapman or Otago Access Radio with   Prof Sam Mann Otago Polytechnic interview for Sustainable Lens



Wednesday 2 October  6pm 

Psychology for Wellbeing: How mindfulness and positive psychology can make life better, one breath at a time

We welcome positive psychologist Zani Wakelin to teach and celebrate the importance of positive psychology, mindfulness and wellbeing.  All are welcome – no registration required!

The Link Community Centre, Hamilton, 6pm to 7pm



Friday 4 October 7pm 

Maui’s Hook – film screening plus Q&A with the director
The new film by Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph invites open discussion of suicide through the brave testimony of five grieving whānau. Joseph conducts and films wānanga with the families as they journey north to release and farewell their loved ones. Shown at the New Zealand International Film Festival 2018.

Venue:   AUT  Auckland City campus, room WG126.   Please arrive 7-ish so that the film screening can start at 7.30pm.

Entry:  free but please register online Maui’s Hook – film screening plus Q&A with the director

More info about this film here