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.


Science Café: Discussions from Plains’ Science 3

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2018 AGM and November 2018 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 20 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North

Following the AGM, we will have a presentations and discussions with a series of speakers from Plains’ Science 3, the latest volume in the Plains’ Science series.

Vince Neall: The geological origin of the Manawatu Gorge

Hugh Blair: The Perendale sheep story

Robert Norris: The invention of spreadable butter

Kathryn Stowell: Malignant Hyperthermia

Jill Rapson: Two endemic plants from the Manawatu

This event is part of the Innovations in Science series, hosted and organised by the Palmerston North City Library.

All warmly welcome!

The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2018 AGM, starting at 6.30pm. The AGM will be followed by light finger food.