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August Meeting: Postponed

Updated 17-8-2020

Unfortunately, the Library meeting space where our Manawatu Branch holds its monthly lectures is unavailable due to the COVID-19 alert level two restrictions, so we are postponing Dr Cynric Temple-Camp’s talk originally scheduled for Tuesday, 18 August until a later date

August Meeting 2020

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 August, Palmerston North Central Library,

George Street, Palmerston North

Reflections from a Potpourri of Death
Dr Cynric Temple-Camp

After our Covid-19 pause, we are starting our lecture programme with a particularly fascinating
lecture by local pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp, whose most recent book, The Quick and the Dead: True stories of life and death from a New Zealand pathologist, is now in bookshops.

While some doctors prefer personal contact with their patients and administering care to the living Cynric Temple-Camp admits to preferring the ‘hard science’ of pathology – the observation, testing, gathering of evidence, making deductions – and searching for the scientific answers to questions posed by disease and death.

Come along to our meeting on 18 August to hear more about the fascinating world of the pathologist and how his investigations help the living as well as uncovering causes of death.

March Meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 March, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street,
Palmerston North
The importance of the physical and social environment for health inequalities of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Findings from the Health, Work and Retirement longitudinal study
Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass
Massey University

Please note that in accordance with the most recent Ministry of Health advisory, which does not recommend altering arrangements for smaller-scale public events, our monthly meeting will proceed as usual. We remind you it is inadvisable to attend if you are feeling unwell, of course, or if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days: see     


The Health and Ageing Research Team at Massey University is a multidisciplinary and cross-University group, which conducts studies of the determinants of older people’s wellbeing. The findings of this research are largely directed towards government and local authority policy change. This talk will be about our research focus on examples of the social environment (structural differences in life chances across the life course) and the physical environment (housing and neighbourhoods), which enable healthy living for older people. We consider older people in terms of their diversity, rather than as one homogenous population category, and find that inequalities between socially structured groups across the life course predict inequalities in health in older age. These inequalities predict current living conditions such as housing and neighbourhoods, which, in turn, impact on risks to well-being such as loneliness. This talk will explain the details of these findings and briefly discuss the policy implications for an ageing society.

All warmly welcome.