Past Conferences



The New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology will hold its second conference on Saturday 8th June, along with a day of workshops on Sunday 9th of June, in Auckland. This conference is a collaboration between the NZAPP, the Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group (CPSIG) of the New Zealand Psychological Society, the World Health Organization Quality of Life group, and has been sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). The aim of this conference is to further foster the development of positive psychology, coaching psychology, and quality of life research in New Zealand, and to provide an engaging forum for researchers, psychologists, coaches, counsellors, leaders, students, practitioners, and those interested to learn more. We hope that this conference will provide a stimulating avenue to learn, exchange ideas, network and embrace wellbeing in New Zealand. This is a unique opportunity to meet and be inspired by others who are keen to explore further what the science of positive psychology, coaching psychology, and quality of life has to offer and how it can enable New Zealand to flourish. We invite you to come along - be involved, stimulated, challenged and inspired!


  • Conference: Saturday, June 8th, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Workshops: Sunday, June 9th, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00PM



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Note: The conference programme is subject to modification.

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Programme: (Note: PowerPoint content is copyright of the presenters. Please contact them before using their material)

08:00 - 09:00 – Registration.
08:30 - 08:35 – Welcome, by Dr Aaron Jarden, President of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology. (POWERPOINT)
08:35 - 08:40 – Conference opening, by Professor Rex Billington, AUT. 
08:40 - 08:50 – Lucy Hone (MAPP) - A brief introduction and overview of positive psychology

08:50 - 09:30 – International Keynote Speaker 1: NZAPP Speaker Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick (POWERPOINT)

09:30 - 10:00 – Talk 1a: Professor Grant Schofield and Dr Aaron Jarden - The Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index: Super wellbeing, Five Ways to Wellbeing, and health outcomes. (POWERPOINT) (REPORT)
09:30 - 10:00 – Talk 1b: Dr. Paul Wood - Connecting theory and practice in coaching psychology: A personal story. (N/A)
09:30 - 10:00 – Talk 1c: Melissa Rowthorn - Using the WHOQOL-BREF in mental health recovery outcome assessment. (POWERPOINT)

10:00 - 10:30 – Talk 2a: Peta Wellstead - Flourishing men. What do NZ men need to flourish and how can we provide it? (POWERPOINT)
10:00 - 10:30 – Talk 2b: Gordon Spence - Workplace wellbeing and coaching. (POWERPOINT)
10:00 - 10:30 – Talk 2c: Marcus Henning - Medical students and their quality of life whilst studying in New Zealand. (POWERPOINT)

10:30 - 10:50 – Morning tea break (poster session).

10:50 - 11:40 – International Keynote Speaker 2:  WHOQOL Speaker Dr Marcelo Fleck.
11:40 - 12:10 – Video link-up to UK positive psychology expert Dr Nic Marks. (POWERPOINT)

12:10 - 12:40 – Talk 3a: Gaynor Parkin - Evaluation of effectiveness and transfer of learning for a resilience training program. (POWERPOINT)
12:10 - 12:40 – Talk 3b: Tamasin Taylor - Defining and measuring contentment. (POWERPOINT)
12:10 - 12:40 – Talk 3c: Chris Krägeloh - The New Zealand WHOQOL-BREF with national items: Focus group work, item selection, confirmatory factor analysis, and Rasch analysis. (POWERPOINT)

12:40 - 1:30 – Lunch break (poster session).

1:30 - 2:10 – International Keynote Speaker 3:  CPSIG Speaker Dr Travis Kemp. (POWERPOINT)

2:10 - 2:40 – Talk 4a: Associate Professor Paul Jose - Fostering resilience in adolescents. (POWERPOINT)
2:10 - 2:40 – Talk 4b: Jay McLean - Internal organisational coach: Lessons learned. (POWERPOINT)
2:10 - 2:40 – Talk 4c: Yannick Griep - Developing a better understanding of how unemployed people give meaning to their life and develop a policy action plan for bottom-up change, using a qualitative case study applying photovoice. (POWERPOINT)

2:40 - 3:10 – Talk 5a: Maree Roche - Self Determination Theory broadens and builds employee flourishing. (POWERPOINT)
2:40 - 3:10 – Talk 5b: Dr. Nathan S. Consedine and Dr. Antonio (Tony) Fernando III - Beyond compassion fatigue: what really stops physicians from being compassionate? (POWERPOINT)
2:40 - 3:10 – Talk 5c: Dr. Kirsten Lovelock - "All is well with me" - uncertainty, proximity and idioms of distress. (CANCELED)

3:10 - 3:30 – Afternoon tea (poster session).

3:30 - 4:00 – Talk 6a: Lucy Hone - The challenges of operationalising flourishing. (POWERPOINT)
3:30 - 4:00 – Talk 6b: Rod Galloway - Strengths-based learning approaches for children: A New Zealand case study.
3:30 - 4:00 – Talk 6c: Professor Jarrod Haar – Abusive supervision and its influence on the mental health of Maori employees: The benefits of resilience. (POWERPOINT)

4:00 - 5:20 – Talk 7a: Jasbindar Singh – Courageous conversations. (N/A)
4:00 - 5:20 – Talk 7b: Sam Farmer - A coaching model for individual practitioners. (POWERPOINT)
4:00 - 5:20 – Talk 7c: Oleg Medvedev and Erik Landhuis - Happiness, subjective wellbeing and quality of life
5:20 - 5:25 – Presentation of awards.
5:25 - 5:30 – Conference close.





Anne Soutter

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Alice Theadom 1

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Alice Theadom 2

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Carsten Grimm

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Heidi Baxter

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Maria Polak

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Aaron Jarden 
Paul Jose 
Maree Roche 
Alison Ogier-Price 
Denise Qunlan 
Fiona Howard 
Liz Peterson 
Jay McLean 
Sanna Malinen
Rex Billington



Auckland University of Technology
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
The International Journal of Wellbeing
International Positive Psychology Association
The University of Auckland
Te Pou
Be Intent


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