Category: Awards

Awards, Honours, and Promotions

Ageing Well wishes to congratulate the team at the James Henare Māori Research Centre for winning the Waipapa Taumata Rau/University of Auckland Research Excellence Medal.

Led by Ageing Well Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning, the team won the award for numerous research projects centred on the experience of kaumātua and kuia.

Two Ageing Well-funded projects guided by Associate Professor Muru-Lanning were Phase 1 ‘Ngā Kaumātua, ō Mātou Taonga’ – a health feasibility study in Te Tai Tokerau, and Phase 2 ‘Mā mua ka kite a muri; mā muri ka ora a mua’ which investigates intergenerational support for kaumātua health in two Tai Tokerau communities, using a kaupapa Māori approach.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Muru-Lanning and to the team on such a wonderful honour.

Associate Professor Marama Muru-Lanning


We also wish to congratulate our International Science Advisory Panel member, Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, on being made a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society.

Earlier in the year, Professor Macfarlane was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his services to education, psychology and Māori.

He is currently Professor of Māori Research at the University of Canterbury, and his own research focuses on exploring Indigenous and sociocultural imperatives that influence education and psychology. 

The Ageing Well whānau wishes to congratulate Professor Macfarlane on the most recent honour for his long-standing dedication to his work. 

Professor Macfarlane


The team also would like to congratulate Dr Hamish Jamieson on being promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch. 

Associate Professor Hamish Jamieson is a medical specialist in older persons health and is the clinical leader of the Big Data and Better Ageing Research Group. He is an Ageing Well Principal Investigator Ageing Well projects have included Phase 1 Risk Factors in Reduced Social Engagement (as co-PI with Dr Sally Keeling) and Drug Burden Index, and Phase 2 Reducing Social Isolation with Big Data

Associate Professor Hamish Jamieson

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Fulbright Award for Researcher

Ageing Well researcher Joanna Hikaka officially received the Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award at Parliament House
[Image: Fulbright NZ]

Ageing Well wishes to congratulate Principal Investigator Joanna Hikaka for receiving the Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award.

This prestigious award — one of approximately eight and valued up to US$40,000 — will enable Ms Hikaka to study at Brown University at Providence, Rhode Island. There, she will research the development of pro-equity healthcare interventions for older adults.

“I’m looking forward to learning from researchers at Brown and communities in the US about how we can develop health and wellness interventions to support Indigenous older adults to thrive,” said Ms Hikaka.

“This is also a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to share research that we are undertaking in Aotearoa and I hope to get be able to bring these learnings back to make real-world differences in Aotearoa.” 

Ms Hikaka is a current PhD at the University of Auckland and is a Principal Investigator in the Whaioranga te Pā Harakeke – Iwi-driven injury prevention and recovery for Māori project that Ageing Well has co-funded with the HRC and ACC.

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Queen’s Honour for Ageing Well ISAP Member

Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, a member of the Ageing Well International Science Advisory Panel, was recently made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

He received the honour for his services to education, psychology, and Māori.

When speaking about his reaction to the news, Professor Macfarlane felt surprise and humility, as well as curiosity to know “Why me?”. Read the article.

We at Ageing Well wish to congratulate Professor Macfarlane on this well deserved honour. 

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Ageing Well Researchers Receive Awards

Ageing Well researchers receive awards

Ageing Well researcher Associate Professor El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo was recently awarded the Public Health Association of New Zealand’s inaugural Pasifika Award. The award acknowledged his extensive and significant achievement in Pacific public health.

Associate Professor Tautotolo’s groundbreaking research of focuses on the the health and wellbeing of Pacific families and communities in New Zealand.

As part of his Ageing Well research projects, he was the Principal Investigator in the Pacific Families project in Tranche 1 and is currently part of the Tranche 2 AWESSoM Programme.

Ageing Well researchers receive awards

Ageing Well researcher Charles Waldegrave was honoured by the Gerontological Society of America with the 2020 Ollie Randall Symposium Award. This award in the Social Research Policy and Practice Section is in recognition of exploring cutting-edge issues with broad implications for policy or practice.

The presentation “Social Exclusion and Material Disadvantage: Housing, Poverty, and Living Standards Impacts” that Charles presented with his colleagues from Europe, discussed contemporary results of specific health well-being and social impacts of material disadvantage in the four quite different countries and assessed them through the lens of social exclusion.

Charles is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Tranche 1 project, Loneliness and Social Isolation, and is Co-PI on the Tranche 2 project, He Huarahi Whakapakari Kaumātuatanga.

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Professor Valery Feigin’s work acknowledged

Professor Valery Feigin, a member of Ageing Well’s Scientific Leadership Team, has recently been awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) established researcher award as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The award recognised his outstanding contribution to understanding stoke and traumatic brain injury.

Professor Feigin has been involved in 16 HRC studies since 2000, leading four projects and also the influential programme the Auckland Regional Community Stroke study.

Valery and his team were pioneers in exposing differences in stroke trends between developing and developed countries, the increased burden of stroke worldwide, and the impact of air pollution.

You can read more about recent findings in Professor Feigin and colleagues’ article in Nature Reviews Neurology, July 2016:

Prevention of stroke: a strategic global imperative

Read more about Professor Feigin’s Ageing Well research and bio:

Ageing Well’s stroke prevention research

Ageing Well Science Leadership Team bios

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Ageing Well Governance Group members honoured

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge is delighted that three of our Governance Group members have been recognised for their accomplishments. Two have received Queen’s Birthday Honours, and one a prestigious appointment.

Dr Dianne McCarthy has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to science, business and women, as part of the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Marlborough scientist Dr Diane McCarthy becomes Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (Stuff website)

Adrienne von Tunzelmann, recently appointed to the Governance Group, has been made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for her services to governance and the community.

Giving back to the community has been a focus (NZ Herald website)

Dr Traci Houpapa has been appointed by the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce to The Victoria University of Wellington Council.

Victoria Chancellor welcomes appointment of influential leader to University Council  (Victoria University website)

Read more about our Governance Group members

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Professor Valery Feigin awarded MacDiarmid Medal

Professor Valery Feigin, a Principal Investigator in the Ageing Well National Science Challenge based at the Auckland University of Technology, has been awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The award recognises his global research in stroke epidemiology and his stroke risk-assessment app which is about to be translated into twenty languages.

The medal selection panel commended the critical importance of his research for evidence-based health care planning.

Read more about Professor Feigin’s achievement in the Royal Society of New Zealand’s media release:

2015 MacDiarmid Medal: What’s your stroke risk? Royal Society of New Zealand website

Valery Feigin receives MacDiarmid medal from Juliet Gerrard. Photo courtesy of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Valery Feigin receives the MacDiarmid medal from Juliet Gerrard. Photo courtesy of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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