Day 3 - Wednesday 30 October 2019

Location: Old Parliament House

Morning session

  • 8:30 - 8:45am Morning Reflections
  • 8.45am: Welcome
  • 9:00am - 10.00am: Keynote 5: Dr Richard Egan, PhD "Spirituality in ageing from across the ditch: New Zealand perspectives"

Spirituality permeates our land, our waters and our people; it is inherent in Māori culture, often explicit for new migrants, but largely ignored or tokenistically acknowledged in mainstream culture.  Older New Zealanders are a pluralistic group, often fiercely secular, with a small but active religious population. As volunteers they underpin the social support fabric of the country. As citizens they fought for and worked to make the country what it is today. But how we now treat our elders requires work, needs careful monitoring, and vision beyond the fiscal jackpot they represent for private residential care providers or the grey tsunami they represent for the government. As a country, New Zealand has embraced the notion of ‘well-being’, with the first ‘well-being budget’ announced earlier this year?.  But well-being, or hauora as it is known to Māori is incomplete without spirituality. In this context, spirituality has a part to play that is slowly being recognized. This presentation will examine the place of spirituality upstream, in policy, midstream in institutions and downstream with older New Zealanders.

  • 10.00am - 10.30am: Morning tea provided
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm: Interfaith Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr Meredith Lake. Panel guests include Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard, Professor Kalyani Mehta, Mahjabeen Ahmad and Rabbi Shmueli Feldman.
  • 12.00pm - 12.30pm: Conference Chair to close conference
  • 12:30pm Lunch provided

Last updated 12 September 2019