What’s New

Please note:  Because of re-introduced Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, our Tuesday and Friday lectures will continue via Zoom until further notice.


Wellington SeniorNet 

Free visitors session on Friday 14 August, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at Anvil House 138 Wakefield Street. Further details at www.wellingtonseniornet.co.nz


Human Microbiomes:  Current Research
Free Public Lecture by Prof Julian Crane (University of Otago)
Wednesday 19 August 2020 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Victoria University Laby Lecture Theatre 118
Hosted by the Royal Society of NZ Wellington Branch

Professor Crane will give an overview of human microbiomes and present evidence of beneficial effects of probiotics from New Zealand studies showing effects on eczema, allergy, diabetes and mental health. Further details here.



Have Our Say – Older New Zealanders’ Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

Auckland University’s School of Nursing wants to find out the views and experiences of New Zealanders aged 70+ regarding Covid-19 and the lockdown.

People 70 and over are invited to write a letter to share their experience of the lockdown and other aspects of Covid-19. All letters (with the letter-writer’s permission) will become part of a permanent archive at the Auckland Museum. This will be an important historical record as well as a resource for informing future responses to pandemics.  Letters may be written in whatever language you feel most comfortable using or if you prefer, you can send an audio or video file.

People over 70 were identified as most vulnerable to the virus, but were characterised by the media as passive and in need of protection. Little was heard about how people in this age group actually felt about the pandemic and lockdown. The research team feels it is important these voices are heard to inform future pandemic responses.

To learn more or to take part in the research, go to  https://haveoursay.org
and follow the links there.