Category: Events

Save the Date – Ageing Well Symposium 2022

Mark it in your calendars! Ageing Well will be hosting a Symposium on Monday, 3 October.

This free public event, ‘Aged Care and Housing: evidence-based solutions for Aotearoa’, will feature Ageing Well researchers and experts in this area, drawing upon their extensive research and knowledge. 

More information will be posted in the coming weeks, including speakers, notable guests, and registration. 

We hope you can join us.

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Webinar: Pathways between research, policy, and practice

Ageing Well and A Better Start National Science Challenges are pleased to support the forthcoming webinar hosted by Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

The webinar, entitled “Pathways between research, policy, and practice”, will be held online on Wednesday, 17 November, 2021.

Discussions will investigate how these pathways connect in other countries and settings, and how they could be streamlined in Aotearoa’s new health system. The aim of the webinar is to start a conversation about the potential for the new health system to deliver better, and more equitable, outcomes for non-communicable diseases through more systematic use of research evidence and health data.

Dr Ayesha Verrall, Minister for Seniors and Associate Minister for Health, will be presenting, in addition to experts from all across Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

Register for the free webinar here.

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Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa 2021

Screenshot of the Conference website

The ‘Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa’ Conference, hosted jointly by Age Concern NZ and New Zealand Association of Gerontology, has wrapped up for 2021. Ageing Well was proud to be a gold sponsor of the two-day, action-packed event, sponsoring the Physical strand of research discussions as well as the Networking event for Early Career Researchers.

The conference event featured Keynotes from Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley, Professor Vanessa Burholt, and Dr Makarena Dudley, along with discussion panels, specialist speakers, and Ageing Well researchers who all generously shared their knowledge with the conference attendees across a wide range of subjects.

The Minister for Seniors, Honourable Dr Ayesha Verrall, gave the opening address at the conference and used this opportunity to announce the Government’s ‘Better Later Life Action Plan’. The Plan will help the Government deliver on their strategy, launched in 2019 to improve the lives of older people in New Zealand, that has been greatly impacted by COVID-19.

With the percentage of the New Zealand population aged 65 or older expected to more than double by 2034, the Action Plan pays particular attention to issues around housing, digital inclusion, and employment. For more information about Action Plan, please visit the Office for Seniors website.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa Conference had to be rescheduled twice, so the team at Ageing Well wishes to thank Age Concern NZ and the New Zealand Association of Gerontology or hosting such a professional, informative, and engaging event online.

We look forward to the next event in 2022!

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International Day of Older Persons 2021

Ageing Well is proud to celebrate the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Older Person 2021.

Celebrated on October 1 every year, the theme for 2021 is digital equity for all ages. This hopes to raise awareness of the the divide and to encourage the inclusion and participation of people of all ages in the digital world.

The rapid technological innovation that has occurred in the last few decades has altered the way we operate as humans and how we relate to each other. But this innovation has not been equitable: the average of the population in developed nations who are online is 87%, whereas it is 19% in the least developed countries.

The UN hopes that IDOP2021 will spark opportunities for “availability, connectivity, design, affordability, capacity building, infrastructure, and innovation” to address this. 

The team at Ageing Well celebrated the day by listening to the speakers at the Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa Conference and doing our bit to raise awareness on social media.

Find out more about IDOP2021 and why digital equity matters.
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Weekend Workshop: Learn the Ronnie Gardiner Method

Attend a workshop, led by Ageing Well Principal Investigator, Professor Ngaire Kerse, to learn about the Ronnie Gardiner method, a cognitively challenging activity programme for healthy ageing.

When:       Auckland, 21st and 22nd August 2021

                  Christchurch, 11th  and 12th  September 2021

Both days from 8 am – 5 pm

Costs:       $255 – Employed (OT, PT, DT, other)

                 $185 – Self-employed, retired, student, volunteer, other

Teachers:  Prof. Ngaire Kerse, (Auckland University, Auckland)

                  Jenny Gordon (RMTh, Auckland)

                 Kris Tynan (Exercise as Medicine, Christchurch)

                 Mariken Jaspers (Neuro-physiotherapist and RGM-trainer, Netherlands)

                  André de Jong (RGM-trainer, Netherlands)

This is an opportunity to train in RGM as we are establishing this method in NZ.

The Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM) is a powerful multi-sensory exercise method for the brain. It combines the rhythm, movement and speech to help improve concentration, coordination, balance and memory. It also enhances energy and lifts the mood. RGM is beneficial for those living with neurological disorders such as MS, stroke or Parkinson’s disease, early stages of dementia, children with reading or learning problems and senior citizens.

The introduction course is the first of two steps on the path of becoming a certified RGM-practitioner. After completing the follow-up course, you will have sufficient tools to put together a varied program for all conceivable target groups. To become a certified RGM practitioner, it is necessary to take both courses.

The course is useful for those working with individuals or groups, with disorders of the central nervous system and who seeks to complement and enrich existing treatment methods within their field of practice. RGM training is recommended for those working in health care (such as hospitals, aged care, day care, rehabilitation centres, private practices), healthy ageing and education (eg. teacher aids, SEN teachers, coaches).

During the two-day introductory course we will cover the 7 basic symbols/movements, the theory behind RGM, brain plasticity in relation to RGM as well as the power of rhythm and global, practical music analysis for RGM-use.

The courses is open to: Music Therapists, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Diversional and Recreational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Teachers, Community Support Workers, Mental Health Workers, Neuropsychologists, Rehabilitation Doctors.

It is expected that participants have an affinity with music (you do not need to play an instrument) and a sense of rhythm. In addition, participants must have the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, please contact us so that we can assess together to what extent it meets your needs and what is possible.

Numbers will be limited to 20 people to allow maximum learning.

Participants will be informed about upcoming ground courses.

For further information about the course please contact Orquidea Tamayo Mortera, Mob: 021 818 344.


For further information about the RGM: (select GB)

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Sharing our Knowledge at the LGNZ Conference

The Ageing Well Directorate was fortunate to spend July 15-17 at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Conference. Held in Blenheim, the event provided our organisation with an opportunity to reach a segment of our community who may not be aware of the work we do in the areas of science, research, and knowledge exchange.

Director of Ageing Well, Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie said of the conference, “It was great to share our research and work with decision makers from all across Aotearoa New Zealand. We also had a unique opportunity to learn much about the issues facing their decision making.”

One of the challenges facing local governments across the nation is the rising number of older people in their communities. By 2036, the population aged 65 and older will have more than doubled. Ageing Well posed questions such as ‘what are the opportunities for your communities?’ and ‘what does your city/town need to look like by 2036?’ to spark conversation.

We spoke to people representing various sized communities all over the country about how to utilise science and research to enhance their decision making, particularly as they prepare to meet the growing needs of an ageing population. The team were also fortunate to speak with Dr Michelle Dickinson, a notable science communicator, who visited our booth and tried out some of our Well Balanced Exhibit elements.

“By communicating our findings and our knowledge in the areas of science, research, and ageing, it helps local government representatives return to their communities with a better understanding about how to make research-informed improvements in the infrastructure, investment and services they offer,” Associate Professor Parr-Brownlie added.

Co-Director of Ageing Well, Professor David Baxter, encourages anyone from local government seeking further information to reach out to us.

“We are in a unique position to act as knowledge broker in this area. Ageing Well has a wealth of in-house knowledge, and more importantly we have an extensive network of leading researchers and research teams who can help you find solutions to your questions. We are here to help,” Professor Baxter said.

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Wai 262 Webinar Series

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: Wai 262 and the National Science Challenges

Ageing Well is proud to support the ‘Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: Wai 262 and the National Science Challenges’ webinar series to be held later this month, hosted by Rauika Māngai.

Wai 262 is one of the most significant and far-reaching claims considered by the Waitangi Tribunal, and current work to resolve the issues it raised will affect everyone participating in science and research in Aotearoa. This pan-tribal claim covered key issues of misappropriation of mātauranga Māori through research processes, plus the protection of cultural intellectual property rights, flora, and fauna.

The two webinars will discuss the history and impacts of Wai 262, as well as the unique opportunities for National Science Challenges to advance the thinking, policy, capability and behaviours within Aotearoa’s science system. The free webinars will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, 21 July and Wednesday, 27 July, from 1pm.

We encourage you to register for the webinars to understand more deeply the impacts of Wai 262 and to prioritise action to advance this kaupapa over the next 3 years.

About Rauika Māngai

Rauika Māngai means the ‘assembly of representatives’. The group is made up of members from the eleven National Science Challenges (of which Ageing Well is one) as well as Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. These members are leaders at the forefront of the implementation of Vision Mātauranga. For more information, please visit their website:

Webinar 1: History and Impacts of Wai 262

When: 21 July 2021 at 1pm

Where: Zoom webinar

Hosted by: Rauika Māngai

Register for free:

We all need to understand the origins, history and impacts of the Wai 262 Waitangi Tribunal claim on individuals and whanau, so that we can understand its broader implications in our science and research landscape. Panellists will talk about the injustices, issues, and tensions that resulted in the claim, and the subsequent Waitangi Tribunal report, along with the unresolved concerns that remain on the table to be addressed.

This webinar will be 2.5 hours, allowing for panellist kōrero, facilitated discussion, and questions.

Panel members:

  • Aroha Mead
  • Sheridan Waitai
  • Third panel member TBC
  • Facilitator: Joshua Te Kani

Webinar 2: Wai 262 and opportunities for National Science Challenges

When: 27 July 2021 at 1pm

Where: Zoom webinar

Hosted by: Rauika Māngai

Register for free:

Te Pae Kahurangi, the government’s 2020 CRI review, has signalled changes ahead. While the future of National Science Challenges is unclear, there is still much that can be achieved in the next 3 years. The ability of our National Science Challenges to push at the edges of critical societal issues creates a unique environment for practical and innovative responses to issues associated with Wai 262.

This session will discuss challenges and opportunities in Aotearoa’s science system, highlight examples of responsible practice within National Science Challenges, and look at where we can prioritise action to advance this kaupapa over the next 3 years.

This webinar will be 2.5 hours, allowing for panellist kōrero, facilitated discussion, and questions.

Panel members:

  • Aroha Mead
  • Jessica Hutchings, Biological Heritage
  • Meika Foster, High Value Nutrition
  • Pauline Harris, Science for Technological Innovation
  • Facilitator: Josh Te Kani, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges
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Inaugural Pacific People’s Fono

On June 25, 2021, Pacific researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago are hosting the inaugural Pacific People’s Fono in Auckland, called Måür lelei – Health and Wellbeing Together.

Organised by Ageing Well researcher, Dr Ofa Dewes, this event seeks to discuss progress of research into issues affecting Pacific People and strategising how we can work together in the future to improve the lives of Pacific Peoples. 

Ageing Well is proud to support this event, in collaboration with other National Science Challenges Healthier Lives and A Better Start, as well as the Maurice Wilkins Centre. 

Opening the Fono will be the The Honourable Aupito William Sio (Minister for Pacific Peoples, Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Health – Pacific, Associate Minister for Education – Pacific, Associate Minister for Foreign Affairs).

Date: Friday 25 June 2021
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Fale o Samoa, 141 Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland

This event is open to all. Please register for the event here

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Event: R&D in Aged Residential Care and Retirement Villages

On July 1st, 2021, Ageing Well researcher Professor Ngaire Kerse and her team are hosting a free symposium exploring ageing in retirement villages and aged residential care.

The symposium will also feature numerous Ageing Well researchers presenting their work and aims open up some interesting discussions.

The symposium is being run as a hybrid format: attendees can either attend in person in Auckland or remotely. Learn more and register here

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Ageing Well Symposium 2020

Ageing Well held our Symposium on November 26, 2020, at Te Wharewaka on the Wellington waterfront.

The day afforded researchers and group members a fantastic opportunity to strategise new ways to improve the impact their work can have on society, as well as to build connections that can help fuel new collaborations in ageing research.

Group photo of all who attended the Ageing Well Symposium 2020
Attendees at the Ageing Well Symposium 2020

The theme of our day was ‘increasing impact’. The workshop session was run by a team comprising Sarah Clark, Rangimahora Reddy, and Charles Waldegrave, and it produced some interesting and robust discussions in our breakout groups. 

The Ageing Well Team wish to thank all the speakers and attendees for their participation. It was a wonderfully productive day and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

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Creating an Equitable Vision for NZ Science and Research

The Rauika Māngai, Māori Directors and Vision Mātauranga specialists spanning the 11 National Science Challenges, developed A Guide to Vision Mātauranga.

The eleven National Science Challenges and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga recently collaborated to produce a Guide to supplement Vision Mātauranga. 

The Vision Mātauranga is a 2005 policy to unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people in New Zealand’s science system. The new guide, entitled A Guide to Vision Mātauranga – Lessons from Māori Voices in the New Zealand Science Sector, aims to provide a roadmap for fair and equitable outcomes in the science and research sectors.  

The Guide to Vision Mātauranga was developed by the Rauika Māngai – Māori Directors and Vision Mātauranga specialists spanning the 11 National Science Challenges. At two wānanga in late 2019, participants discussed what was working well and what needed to change so that Māōri researchers could succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This was the first time in over a decade that over 100 Māori researchers and leaders were able to meet for a robust discussion on Vision Mātauranga. 

Each wānanga had dedicated time for Māori researchers, plus open fora attended by non-Māori researchers and University leaders, and Ministry of Business and Innovation leaders and staff. These wānanga were supported by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard (who also attended the second wānanga), and culminated in a meeting with the Honorable Dr Megan Woods. 

Ageing Well Director, Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie (Ngāti Maniapoto me Te Arawa), was a member of the Rauika Māngai and contributed to document. 

“It was wonderful to be part of the discussions and to pave a way forward for the science and research community,” Associate Professor Parr-Brownlie said. 

“My hope is that by instituting the Guide to Vision Mātauranga, we will ensure that New Zealand’s research, science and innovation sectors reach their full potential, with equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders,” she said.

The Guide to Vision Mātauranga has 3 parts.

  1. Development of Vision Mātauranga Leadership:
    Exemplars of past and current visionary mātauranga Māori leadership across the science sector are shared to show what can be achieved.
  2. Bringing Vision Mātauranga to Life:
    Characteristics that define successful implementation of the Vision Mātauranga policy are imparted.
  3. Empowering the Future:
    How to pivot from Vision Mātauranga compliance to strategic opportunities is shared to pave the way forward for greater outcomes and impact for research institutions, stakeholders, Māori researchers and Māori communities.

Read A Guide to Vision Mātauranga – Lessons from Māori Voices in the New Zealand Science Sector here.


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Ageing Well National Conference

Ageing Well Directors with Minister Tracey Martin

In November 2019 Ageing Well National Science Challenge hosted our National Conference – Ageing Well Together: Science, Policy and Translation

The Honourable Tracey Martin, Minister for Seniors, opened our huihui with passionate words about the need for a Ministry of Seniors. She set the energy for the day by placing our seniors firmly at the centre of important conversations, such as the future of work, health and social connectedness. The huihui was closed by Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie, Co-Director, Māori, Ageing Well National Science Challenge. Drawing on the conversations throughout the day Dr Parr-Brownlie echoed the sentiment that, “loneliness [for older people] is considered the new smoking.” 

Dr Parr-Brownlie spoke of Ageing Well’s focus on enabling all New Zealanders to reach their full potential through the life course, with particular reference to the latter years of life, “we are achieving this by funding excellent research led by the right teams who are creative, rigorous, hard working and inspire the Directorate to work hard for the communities they and we are serving.”

Ageing Well, Director, Associate Professor Debra Waters remarked, “we were very pleased with this conference, which showcased the achievements and impact this research is having on communities across New Zealand.  The passion to achieve this impact was clear from both the researchers and the audience.”

You can find information about our speakers we had on the day and their abstracts at our conference website here. Conference presentations and photos will be made available shortly. 

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All of Government Showcase

Ageing Well is excited to be taking part in this year’s All of Government Showcase. The Showcase, which takes place on Tuesday 9thApril, features a raft of government initiatives designed to provide New Zealand with “seamless services”.

The theme of this year’s Showcase, “Re-imagine. Innovate…Curious?”, is spotlighting government initiatives like Ageing Well that are innovative and collaborative. It represents an “opportunity to share, learn about and be inspired by the work going on in this space across local and central government.”

Ageing Well’s Director Assoc. Prof. Debra Waters and Manager Lisa Davis will be at our stall on the day where they will be sharing our stories and  successes.

If you are interested to learn more or would like to register your interest to attend the event, please click the link below:

Visit All of Government Showcase Website

We will be tweeting (#AOGShowcaseNZ) about the event on the day and will also write about our experiences in our May newsletter.

Ageing Well and Building Better Homes, Towns and Citiesare the two National Science Challenges that were invited to attend this year’s AoG Showcase.

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Research seeks to improve health outcomes of older Māori (kaumātua)

From Left: Prof. John Oetzel, Hoki Purcell, and Rangimahora Reddy

How can we support older Māori (kaumātua) to cope with significant life transitions? This is the question at the heart of Ageing Well-funded research undertaken between the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (RKCT) and the University of Waikato.

And attendees at the pre-conference of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga in Auckland on Monday were treated to some answers from researchers Rangimahora Reddy, Hoki Purcell (both from RKCT) and Professor John Oetzel (Waikato).

Their research focuses on tuakana (older/experienced kaumātua) guiding teina (younger/less experienced) kaumātua through significant life transitions. The most challenging life transitions are when a spouse passes away, followed by a change in health (e.g. loss of independence), which alters how life is lived. The programme seeks to enhance social and health outcomes for kaumātua by supporting them to navigate these difficult transitions.

The researchers developed the kaumātua peer-support programme, with an orientation followed by three conversations between the tuakana and teina. The programme is kaumātua driven and wairua is at the heart of the relationship. Focus groups report that the programme has had a positive impact on their lives.

Further Research Information:

Research Project information: Kaumatua mana motuhake

Newsletter Profile: Professor Brendan Hokowhitu hopes to reframe how we think about ageing

Published: Wednesday 14th November 2018
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Register NOW for our Roadshows

Ageing Well NSC Roadshows: Purpose

We are holding Roadshows in New Plymouth, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch to:

  • discuss funding opportunitiesavailable for 2019-2024;
  • outline ourFuture Strategy—that is, to explain where we are heading over the next five years, if we are successfully refunded.

There will be presentations and a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Roadshows.


Roadshow Dates and Venues

Roadshows are happening from the end of November through to December. The dates and venues are as follows:

Auckland – 28 November 2018
University Of Otago, Auckland Centre, 10am-12noon

Wellington – 30 November 2018
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 10am-12 noon

Dunedin – 7 December 2018
Otago Museum, 9am-11am

Christchurch – 10 December 2018
Christchurch School Of Medicine, University of Otago, 1pm -3pm

New Plymouth – 22 November 2018 
(NB: Special Roadshow within externally-organised conference)
Kaumātua Service Providers Conference, 9am

This Roadshow is only available to Conference attendees. Roadshow attendees will therefore need to complete the separate Conference registration form.

Please note that we may also hold more ad hoc Roadshows as required.

Register Here for a Roadshow

Spaces are limited, so to ensure your place at a Roadshow, please click the Register Now button below and complete the email by filling in the details and selecting the appropriate Roadshow.

Register Now


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MEDIA RELEASE – Life Course Research Symposium


Wednesday 17 October 2018

He Ora Te Whakapiri – Life course research symposium

Human development is shaped by the physical and human environment at all stages of life, so life course research is vital for improving health and wellbeing outcomes. What is the future of life course research in New Zealand? How can we all contribute and be involved? Where is this research heading?

These questions will be addressed at a major symposium He Orate Whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand’s life course research this week in Wellington. The conference will be opened by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard, at Te Papa on 18 October.

Hosted by the three health and wellbeing National Science Challenges, A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well, this symposium brings together leading thinkers about life course research from New Zealand and overseas, and serves to create new synergies to apply innovative research to help New Zealanders live healthy and successful lives.

“Life course research takes researchers out of their comfort zones. It brings together people from disciplines that rarely meet. The goal is to generate new questions and new ways of asking questions about key stages in our lives from birth to our later years,” says A Better Start National Science Challenge Director Professor Wayne Cutfield.

The conference aims to achieve a discussion on improving the health and wellbeing of people from birth to old age and support better lives and brighter futures for the country, and how a life course approach can help us to better understand the impact of events and experiences during important periods of our lives.

“Taking a life course approach is about more than just producing academic outputs. Life course findings are used to inform policy and practice in Aotearoa,” says another of the organisers Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore, from Ageing Well and a co-Director of theNational Centre for Lifecourse Research.

Life course research helps us understand the impact of events on our health throughout our life journey. That knowledge should be able to help inform policy and practice so that individuals, whānau and communities can steer a course to more healthy lives.

Healthier Lives Director Professor Jim Mann notes that the symposium will reveal that research also needs to focus on adults and intergenerational effects.

Professor Mann will chair a session of future directions of life course that will include research from Professor Rod Jackson of the University of Auckland that has also potentially identified reversible factors in adult life.

“Life course research to date has identified many determinants of health outcomes.   I hope that discussions at the symposium will clarify which of these warrant translation into interventions which can be tested and translated into actions most likely to improve the health of all New Zealanders.”

Keynote speakers include Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, University of Queensland, whose research focus is on the impact of intergenerational transfer of inequality, and Professor Richie Poulton, Director of the National Centre for Life course Research, University of Otago, who leads the Dunedin Study, New Zealand’s longest running longitudinal health and development study.



For details of the day and programme go to

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Registrations Update

Minister and session chairs confirmed for He Ora Te Whakapiri conference

The Hon Dr Megan Woods, the Minister for Research, Science and Innovation will open He Ora te Whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand’s life course research conference at Te Papa Tongarewa on 18 October this year.

Hosted by the three health and wellbeing national science challenges, A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well, this major conference brings together leading thinkers about life course research from New Zealand and overseas.

The Minister has said that, in interconnected world, national science challenges are crucial to making our science system cutting edge and integrative. The Challenge hosts are delighted to announce the leading thinkers who will participate in two keynote sessions.  Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser, and Judge Andrew Becroft, the Children’s Commissioner, will each chair a keynote session.

The keynotes speakers are Professor Janeen Baxter, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (University of Queensland) and Professor Richie Poulton, Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (University of Otago). Professor Baxter’s research focusses on the impact of intergenerational transfer of inequality, while Professor Poulton leads the Dunedin Study, New Zealand’s longest running longitudinal health and development study.  He has been acknowledged as one of the ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific’ Minds by Thomson-Reuters.

There has been unprecedented interest in He Ora te Whakapiri. As a result the hosts have decided to add seats to the conference venue and open the conference to further registrations. However as places remain limited, please register early to secure your place.

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Inaugural Research Impact Conference a Roaring Success

Over one hundred academics, researchers, policymakers and stakeholders gathered in Dunedin this month to discuss, debate and learn about meaningful research impact. Realising the Potential, a conference organised jointly by Ageing Well, CHARR, and CARE, explored how best to reap the rewards of scientific research so that it yields profitiable results for our end users.

Held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 21-22 November, the conference examined impact from many angles. International keynote speakers described best practice; academics and stakeholders illustrated successful models of collaboration and community engagement; and interactive workshops offered attendees the chance to think about achieving impact, whether that be through the commercialisation of research, influencing policy change, or delivering new health care into our communities. The final session of the conference, a panel discussion between the three health-related National Science Challenges (Ageing Well, A Better Start, and Healthier Lives), looked at how researchers are proactively engaging with Māori communities.

Overall, the Research Impact Conference was a wonderful event that allowed everyone involved in, and who uses and benefits from, research to go away with a better understanding of how to realise the potential of research so that it be put to work to measurably and meaningfully improve New Zealand. (We will bring our readers a more detailed summary of the conference on our website and in a later Newsletter.)
21-22 November 2017
Conference Room | Dunedin Public Art Gallery | 30 The Octagon | Dunedin

Who will benefit from attending?
Those working in NGOs, research funding organisations, not-for-profits, the health

and technology industry, programme management and evaluation, knowledge translation, government research and development, academia, and research institutes.

What can participants hope to gain?
Increased knowledge and skills on how to design, plan, manage, measure, communicate and optimise research impact. The focus will be on biomedical and health sciences.

Participants will improve their understanding of some existing frameworks, tools, approaches, and knowledge about research impact and its assessment with leading international experts.

There will be an opportunity to hear examples and share experiences for establishing collaborations between stakeholders, researchers, community service and health providers, and policy makers.

This interactive conference offers an opportunity to network and exchange ideas and best practices with international experts, peers, stakeholders, and end-users of health research.

More information:

Poster: Research Impact Conference

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Ageing Well holds fruitful Annual Symposium in Dunedin

On Tuesday 21 November, Ageing Well held its annual Symposium in Dunedin. Our entire team –members of the Governance Group, Strategic Advisory Group (formerly known as the SLT), Principal Investigators, and the Directorate – gathered together to receive project updates and plan for the future. Our 14 Principal Investigators (or their surrogates) presented brief updates on their projects outlining their progress to date, the challenges and opportunities they had encountered, and their achievements. It was exciting to hear about successful patient outcomes, stakeholder engagement, or journal publications that demonstrate the strength of our Challenge. The symposium also offered the chance to engage in a productive discussion about the future direction of Ageing Well, particularly as we build our case for Tranche 2 funding.


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Life When Renting Summit

‘How do we generate a rental sector and rental stock that is responsive to older tenants? ‘ was the theme of the summit held on 30 May 2017 in Tauranga.  Over 60 people attended, including older people and others from a wide range of organisations from the Bay of Plenty, Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Marlborough.  The summit was an opportunity to report back on early findings. The highlight of the lively day was the guest address by Dr Rob Wiener, Executive Director of California Coalition for Rural Housing and Continuing Lecturer in community and regional development at the University of California, Davis. Rob presented four best practice case studies of Californian rental housing for very low-income older people, on  universal design and adaptability, services and amenities enriched housing, intergenerational housing and housing for special-needs seniors. The other presenters included:
  • Dr Natalie Jackson’s cohort analysis of changes in home ownership and renting based on census data from 1986-2013 showed the clear decline in home ownership and rise in renting in every territorial authority area.
  • Professor Jackie Cumming Dr Janet McDonald and Megan Pledger’s analysis of NZ Health Survey data showed older renters are more likely than older home owners to report poorer mental and physical health.
  • Bev James, Prof Robin Kearns and his team, Dr. Fiona Cram and Dr. Elsie Ho reported on interviews with older renters and service providers in Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty and Auckland. Early findings are that moving from home-ownership to renting is common, often due to financial or personal ‘shocks’. Most rent from private landlords, are on limited, fixed incomes and rely on the Accommodation Supplement to assist with their housing costs.
  • Fiona’s work with kaumātua highlighted their input into designing papakainga housing and the use of innovative lifetime design.
  • Elsie noted the importance of cultural concepts of elder care, as well as older Asians’ appreciation of living close to services, public transport and family.
  • Kay Saville-Smith talked about the challenges and opportunities the ageing population pose for landlords. Many landlords are not aware of the demand for housing from older tenants, the subsidies available to assist older tenants, and how landlords might be able to work together with service providers.
Adrienne von Tunzelmann, member of the Ageing Well Governance group, closed the summit, setting the research in the context of Ageing Well National Science Challenge. She congratulated the Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty community on leading the way in contributing to and leveraging from the Challenge. The summit was supported by Priority One, the Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group (PATAG) and Smartgrowth. The Life When Renting team has prepared six working papers for PATAG, available on Presentations from the summit will be available on or you can  directly contact Nina: for copies of the presentations.
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Ageing Well NSC Exhibition at Otago Museum

Balance and strength changes across our lifetime, and improvements can be made at most times.

The Ageing Well National Science Challenge teamed up with the Otago Museum and students at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication to co-develop an interactive exhibition called “Well Balanced”.

This fun, interactive and educational exhibition is for all ages. Come along at 4:00pm on the 11th of November at the inauguration.



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SNAP: Stakeholders identify research priorities

Groups write up their research ideas.
Stakeholders formulate their priorities for research.

Over 100 participants took part in Ageing Well’s second annual forum in Wellington in September.

Researchers, stakeholders, and interested individuals contributed to a day exploring opportunities for developing stakeholder-led research.

Following an address by Hon Steven Joyce, speakers from Ageing Well, and special invited guests, participants identified six areas of research:

  • The economics of ageing and an ageing population
  • The importance of transforming transport options for older people
  • The differences between rural and urban health needs for ageing Māori
  • Identifying the social needs of older people in immigrant communities
  • What kind of resources are going to be needed for disabled older people
  • Developing the built environment for an ageing population

Report now available

A comprehensive report on the day has been developed. It provides an overview of the information provided by attendees on where future areas of research could be focused, and how the Challenge could facilitate stakeholder-led research. Comments and questions are most welcome and can be directed to Associate Professor Debra Waters:

A summary of the day’s proceedings is also available:

2016 Ageing Well National Science Challenge SNAP event




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Ageing Well NSC SNAP Event

Ageing Well NSC is holding their second annual event this year on Wednesday, 14th of September, at Te Papa, Wellington.

This year’s event, the Stakeholders Networking for Action-Research Partnership (SNAP), aims to create opportunities for developing partnerships in stakeholder-led research.

This participatory day will work across the five strands of the Challenge needed to achieve ageing well.

  • Maintain wellness, independence and autonomy
  • Promote social integration and engagement
  • Value older people in all settings
  • Reduce disability and the impact of disability
  • Enhance age-friendly environments

Ageing Well’s principal investigators will also be present and will outline their Challenge-funded research.

Researchers and stakeholders in the ageing space in New Zealand are all welcome to attend.

Registration is free, and stakeholders are welcome to have a booth showcasing their agency’s work.

Please click here to register.  Registration closes on the 31st of August.

For further information about the SNAP Event, click here.

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Community contributes to research workshop

June 1st Event_2Ageing Well National Science Challenge and CARE (Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence) offered a workshop on 1 June 2016 at Age Concern,  to encourage participation in forming research questions about ageing.

The aim of the meeting was to provide an open forum where anyone could voice their ideas about research needs.

Ageing Well Management Directorate member Associate Professor Debra Waters and researcher Fiona Doolan-Noble led the meeting.

The Dunedin meeting attracted a range of stakeholders including  academics, care-givers, city council members and older members of the community.

Contributions from this event will help form the developing research programme of both the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and the Collaboration of Ageing Research.

To find out more about the workshop read: CARE and NSC SNAP Event 1 June

The Challenge is investigating the possibility of hosting similar events in the future.

Debra and FionaWorkshop conveners, Debra Waters and Fiona Doolan-Noble consider stakeholders research ideas

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