Psychology Week

Each year the NZPsS has a national Psychology Week. 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 the New Zealand Psychological Society psychologists across the country including public events and media articles on a range of issues. The public are welcome at all events below - attendance is free. 

Toitū te mātauranga hinengaro, toitū te tangata    Peoples using psychology to flourish

2021 Free Events

2021 sees a mix of in-person and online events across the week including panel discussions, lectures, book launches, and film screenings.  To see the online programme across the week click hereTo download publicity resources and event posters click there.  Scroll to see our events below or click through to online Zoom events.  (Links added daily)     


1.  Here is the pdf of the slides from the Anxiety in Schools presentation on Monday - thanks IEDP

2.  Here is the pdf of useful references shared in the Intimate Relationships talk on Thursday - thanks IHP

3.  Here is the pdf of references from the Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns presentation on Wednesday - thanks NZPsS Auckland branch.  The presenters want to be clear that they are not registered as clinical psychologists. Rhiannon Lehndorf Moore is a registered intern psychologist and has completed a PhD.  View the recording of the presentation
4.  Replay of the 
panel discussion on Psychology and Public Safety   hosted by  Institute of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology  available here


Events in Tauranga , Christchurch, and Dunedin

Come along to a free in-person event near you that's been arranged by your local NZPsS branch committe 

Tauranga on Tuesday 11 May 

What can psychology do for You?  He aha nga mahi Hinengaro e taea te mahi maau  Come along to a hear a panel of local psychologists present about their mahi in the areas of education, mental health, leadership in organisations, environment, plus living well with depression & anxiety. The venue is Daniels in the Park, Tauranga. Time is 6pm to 8pm.

Christchurch on Thursday 13 May - POSTPONED 

POSTPONED, new date to be advised in a few weeks. Professor Julia Rucklidge is having the much anticipated book launch of The Better Brain - how nutrition will help you overcome anxiety, depression, ADHD and stress.  See her in conversation with Kaila Colbin.  RSVP to secure a spot by emailing bel@  Venue is Scorpio Books.  

Dunedin  on  Thursday 13 May 

Dr Sandhya Ramrakha from the Dunedin Multi-disciplinary Health and Development Study is presenting on  The Life-long Impact of Early Self-control.   She will focus on research examining the life-long benefits of childhood self-control, including benefits to health, wealth, parenting and crime.  The venue is the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum.  Time is 5:30-7pm.

Zoom Events - join us online nationally and globally

Zzoom links will be added daily at top of page.  Registration not required for most webinars.

12pm daily Monday to Friday 

A new topic each day in a series of lunchtime presentations from health psychologists 'Flourish and Thrive with a Health Condition' virtual lunchtime seminar series looks at the evidence on topics such as Phone apps for health, Sleep strategies, Navigating the health system, Intimate relationships under stress, Strategies for taking medicines.  See the Health seminar poster here and read more about the presenters.  Monday to Friday daily 12pm to 12.40pm.

7.30pm Monday 10 May  

For teachers  and parents of school age children Anxiety at School is a panel presentation and discussion by educational psychologists   Organisers invite you to submit questions in advance via the Facebook event here

7pm Wednesday 12 May   

For those working with youth - Rhiannon Lehndorf Moore and Dr Andrea LaMarre present on Eating disorders and body image concerns: What’s the difference, why you should care, and what to do about them.  This presentation is designed to assist those working in the NZ high school environment.

CANCELLED   1pm Thursday 13 May 

CANCELLED     It’s Not Over Yet: Preparing for a Covid Future  presented by Sarb JohalThough we have eliminated Covid-19 from New Zealand, global events such as the latest devastating wave of the coronavirus in India remind us that we are not alone in this world. What lies in wait for New Zealanders as we remain in our bubble? What does our future look like, and how can a psychological approach help us to prepare for and adapt to what is yet to come? I’ll be discussing some of these ideas, what we need to watch out for, and some strategies that might help.

7pm Thursday 13 May

For anyone interested in community safety an Expert Panel Discussion: How can psychology best be used to increase public safety?  This discussion of how research and other evidence from the science of psychology could be applied in the New Zealand context to improve outcomes will include psychologists already working in Corrections and family harm areas and their experience/contribution toward prevention of offending.

7pm Thursday 13 May 

Zooming in from Greece, Peter Barham talks about the re-release of his book Closing the Asylum, first published 30 years ago.  This will be an interesting book launch as Peter's work has straddled clinical & social research, historical inquiry, mental health activisim and film making.  Registration is required for this free event 

At Your Place

9.30am Friday 14 May 

The documentary film Crazywise will be available via direct link to view at your place.  Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.  See more about Crazywise at

Film Duration - 82 minutes  The link will be live from 9.30am on Friday to midnight Sunday.   


Toitū te mātauranga hinengaro, toitū te tangata    Peoples using psychology to flourish

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