Wellington: A Good Day and Rain Approaches [videos]

It was a gorgeous summer afternoon on the waterfront today, as I walked over to pick up my wife’s bike from the service shop it’s been 29 consecutive days without rain in Wellington, so lots of people were out making the most of it. I’ve been watching a few photography lectures recently, so I decided […]

Read more
Who cares? What’s the point? 2016-17 – Building a science communication podcast

I have been hosting and producing Who cares? What’s the point? – my science communication podcast – for a year now. There was an opportunity to talk about my creative journey over this year at the Science Communicators of New Zealand annual conference last week, so I took it up and gave a short presentation […]

Read more
Speech to the Fabian Society: Key elements for a Reformed Mental Health System in Aotearoa

This is the text from the speech I gave to the Fabian Society in Auckland on the evening of 6 December, 2017. I have made the speech text available for viewing here via Google Docs, but have also reproduced it below with the slides I also presented that evening. I believe that the organisers made […]

Read more
Do teachers believe in “neuromyths” just as much as everyone else?

There are some commonly held misconceptions in the general public about how the brain works and how it affects how we learn – these are often called “neuromyths.” We know that the general public can fall prey to these much of the time, but what about our educators? And if teachers believe in these neuromyths, […]

Read more
The number of photos we take has increased hugely. How does this change our experience of life? #35

For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common, as well as documenting our experiences of life. Understanding how the act of taking photos may get in the way of or increase our pleasure in these activities seems like an important topic […]

Read more
The language of ageism, and how we use it against ourselves #34

There has been a lot of recent attention on gender pay equity, the re-emergence of racism in western societies, and how youth mental health has been an increasing concern in recent years. However, the way we talk about older people, and indeed, how older people view and talk about themselves is also revealing of deeper […]

Read more
What do we know about how young women think about food at school?

In this episode I talk to Dr. Eva Neely, a lecturer at the School of Public Health at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has done some groundbreaking research on the social health meanings of food for youth in schools – which is a step away from the usual health-focused approach used when trying […]

Read more
Five ideas for reforming mental health care in New Zealand

The first article in this short series looked at the scale and scope of the problem of increasing mental health related presentations in New Zealand. In that first article, I argued that ‘Capitalism with a Human Face’ can take its place in altering the settings of the economy in favour of the experience of those […]

Read more
Regulations of love: How to feel better when relationships end WCWTP#33

Most people will experience a relationship break up. They can be hard to get over. One way to manage this is to try to actively decrease the feelings of love you have for your ex-partner? But does this work? Do people believe they an control their feelings of love in this way? Can you actually […]

Read more
How ‘Capitalism with a human face’ can influence mental health reform

This is an exciting time: a new Labour – NZ First Government, with support from the Green Party, with new leadership focused on how “capitalism must regain its human face”. This people and environment-centred Government will also rightly be focused on addressing the mental health problems and misery experienced by many in New Zealand, and […]

Read more