Policy seminars and invited addresses

HART policy seminars


Policy seminar: Ageing of the Health, Work and Retirement Study Cohort: Life course and policy contexts.
At the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 23 July 2015.


Policy seminar: Report on the results of the first wave.
At Victoria University, Wellington, 28 June 2012.

HART invited addresses


Alpass, F. (2012). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: An overview and preliminary findings from the Manawatu Region. Presentation to the Palmerston North Mid-City Probus Club, 2 October 2012.

Alpass, F. (2012). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: An overview and preliminary findings from the Auckland Region. Presentation to the Older Women’s Network North Shore Inc., Browns Bay Community Centre, Auckland, 21 July 2012.

Alpass, F. (2012). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: An overview and preliminary findings from the Whanganui Region. Presentation to the Wanganui Positive Ageing Forum, Wanganui District Council Chambers, 18 July 2012.

Alpass, F. (2012). Workforce participation and wellbeing in older New Zealanders. NZLSA Policy Seminar, 28 June 2012, Victoria University, Wellington.

Beagley, V. (2012). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: An overview and preliminary findings from the Central Region. Presentation to the Pahiatua Positive Ageing Forum, Pahiatua District Council Chambers, 13 December, 2012.

Butcher, E. & Breheny, M. (2012). ‘This is my ideal lifestyle’: How elder Maori living on the East Cape understand a good life. Paper presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society & New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 20-23 April.

Simpson, M, Richardson, M. Zorn, T and Mansvelt, J. (2012). Engaging Senior Stakeholders Project: 2009-2012End-of-Project Workshop, Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato,28 September 2012, 11-2pm.

Stephens, C. (September, 2012). Beyond the barricades: Social movements as participatory practice in health promotion. Paper presented for discussion to: Beyond Empowerment: New Directions In Community Health Psychology For The 21st Century Workshop, London School of Economics & Political Science, September 10-11, 2012.

Stephens, C., Stichbury, C., & Noone, J. (June, 2012). Accounting for the social context in the effects of social networks, social support, and loneliness on the health and quality of life of older people: NZLSA 2010 results. Presented in The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Findings and Policy Implications (Chair: Associate Professor Judith Davey), Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Thursday June 28, 2012.

Towers, A. (2012). Exploring hazardous drinking in older adults: What are the rates, impact on health, and healthcare utilisation outcomes? Keynote address presented to the ‘Cutting Edge’ the 17th Annual National Addiction Treatment Conference of New Zealand, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 6th September.


Lotoala, F., Alpass, F. & Breheny, M. (2011). Health and wellbeing in older Pacific people. Paper presented at Talanoa Oceania 2011 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 28-30 November.

Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (November, 2011). Unequal Ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding economic living standards of older people. Invited seminar presented to School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, November, 24, 2011.

Stephens, C. (April, 2011). Where I’d like to see critical health psychology in 2 years from now. Invited to contribute a five minute challenge to the plenary session at the International Critical Health Psychology Conference, Adelaide, Australia April 18-20.

Stephens, C. (August, 2011). The Everyday Practices of Inequalities: A Local Neighbourhood Study. Invited contribution to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series 2011, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Stephens, C. (December, 2011). The role of everyday practices of privilege in the perpetuation of inequalities. Keynote presentation to Otago University Rehabilitation and Disability Research Theme colloquium, “Ability in Everybody”, Dunedin, December 1, 2011.

Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (November, 2011). Unequal Ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding economic living standards of older people. Invited seminar presented to the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California at Merced, November 10, 2011.

Stephens, C., and Dulin, P. (2011). Clinical awareness of alcohol use among older adults in New Zealand. Presentation to Palmerston North Hospital Postgraduate meeting, February, 2011.

Towers, A. (2011). New Zealand’s ‘silent epidemic’: Hazardous drinking in older adults and its association with health and health service use. Invited presentation to the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia, 8th June 2011.  

Towers, A. (2011). Beware of the booze-fuelled silver tsunami: Assessing hazardous drinking rates across the older adult spectrum and their impact on health and health services use. Invited presentation to the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia, 10th June 2011.  


Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2010). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Presentation at Perspective of ageing and long term conditions. School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, Auckland University, 2 March 2010.

Dulin, P. May, 2010). Alcohol use and abuse among older adults: Results from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Seminar presented at the School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North, 20 May 2010.

Emerson, L. & Mansvelt, J. (2010). “If they are the customer, I’m the meat in the sandwich”: An exploration of tertiary teachers metaphorical constructions of ageing. School of English and Media Studies Research Seminar, 28th October 2010.

Mansvelt, J. (2010) “Shop till you drop? Consumption socialities, spatialities and subjectivities of older adults”, Seminar to School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington Victoria, 4 pm, 5 August 2010.

Mansvelt, J. (2010) Enough is Enough! Ageing and attitudes to purchase, waste and disposal, Keynote Research Presentation, Waste & Recycle 2010 Conference: Our Generation: How does it measure up?, Friday 17th September, The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Western Australia, 14–17 September 2010

Mansvelt, J. (2010). Research with home-based elders. Some key issues. Research presentation to The Feilding Mobility Scooter Group, 12 April 2010, 11am, Rangitikei Club, Feilding. (Contact Mr Darwin Vincent, President).

Noone, J. H., Stephens, C., & Alpass, F. (2010). Psychological and socioeconomic factors influencing men and women’s planning for retirement. Presentation for the Retirement Commission, Wellington, New Zealand.

Stephens, C (2010). Workshop at Open University.


Breheny, M. (2009). Culture, context and meaning: Qualitative research on older people. Symposium presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 27-30 August.

Mansvelt, J. (2009). ‘It’s in the bag” Shopping matters in later life. Invited address to AGM of the Manawatu Branch of Age Concern, 14 September 2009.

Mansvelt, J. (2009). It’s in the Bag! Bringing the shopping home in later years, School of People Environment and Planning Seminar, Massey University. 2 September 2009.

Mansvelt, J. (2009). Shopping Matters! Consuming, ageing and place. Departmental Seminar, Social Gerontology Centre, University of Keele, England, Thursday 23 July 2009.

Noone, J., Pond, R., & Stephens, C. (September, 2009). Research in retirement planning. Invited presentation to participants in the Landcare Research/Manaaki Whenua retirement planning seminar. Massey University, Palmerston North, 10 September 2009.

Stephens, C. (September, 2009). Using theory in practice: How do we know what we are doing? Invited workshop conducted at the International Society for Critical Health Psychology Colloquium at Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, September, 15, 2009

Towers, A. (2009). An overview of the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Presented to members of the Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing. (KLoSA), at the Korea Labour Institute, Seoul, South Korea, 23 October 2010.

Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2009). An overview of the Health, Work & Retirement Longitudinal Study. Presentation to the Research Services Health Research Seminar, Board Room, Wharerata, Massey University, 25th June, 2008.


Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Noone, J., & Towers, A. (2008). The Health, Work and Retirement Study. Invited presentation to the Palmerston North Lunch Club. Palmerston North, 5 September 2008.

Breheny, M. & Stephens, C. (June, 2008). Older adults experience of family life: Linked lives and independent living. Paper presented at the Families Commission Research Seminar, Wellington, New Zealand.

Stephens, C., Towers, A., Noone, J., & Alpass, F. (July, 2008). Ageing, health, and social structure: A longitudinal study of ageing in New Zealand. Invited seminar presented at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Towers, A., Stephens, C., & Alpass, F. (August, 2008). Barriers to exercise in an ageing population. Invited presentation to the Palmerston North chapter of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology, Palmerston North.

Noone, J.H., Stephens, C. V., & Alpass, F. M. (2008). Retirement planning for New Zealanders: Inequalities, measurement, and implications for social policy. Presentation for the Retirement Commission, Wellington New Zealand.

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