Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

While our eventual mortality is the one thing we all have in common, proper conversation about death is rare. We don’t often discuss it, we avoid planning for it, and we can be tragically caught out when illness takes our loved ones from us. Our understanding and expectations of death are powerfully shaped by the dramatised experiences we see on screens instead of the normal processes of dying that play out regularly in hospitals, hospices, and other places we rarely care to look.

Join us for an evening where international best-selling author and pioneer of palliative care Dr Kathryn Mannix will draw from her decades of experience with thousands of dying people to discuss how accessible, quality palliative care can improve our society’s relationship with the process of death and dying. She will deliver a short presentation and join a panel with New Zealand experts Professor Rod MacLeod and Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell to discuss what might need to change societally and culturally to improve the way we support dying New Zealanders and those who care for them, finishing with a time of audience Q+A.

Dr Kathryn Mannix is on a mission to revolutionise the way we think and talk about the process of death and dying. A pioneer of palliative medicine in the UK for over 30 years, her best-selling book With The End In Mind (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) sends a vital message to the living and answers the most urgent, intimate, and fascinating questions about the end-of-life process with touching honesty and humility.

“There aren’t all that many books that
change the way you see the world.

This book really might…”
– Sunday Times –

Buy a copy of
With The End In Mind

Professor Rod MacLeod
An honoured member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to hospice and palliative care, Professor MacLeod has worked in countries across the globe, researching, teaching, and advising medical professionals on end of life care. Previously an Associate Professor at University of Auckland, and a Conjoint Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Professor MacLeod is now an honorary Professor in the Northern Clinical School, and continues as an Honorary Academic in Palliative Care at the University of Auckland

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell
Dr Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki & Ngāti Porou) is a Research Fellow and member of the Te Arāi Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland. Her interests include palliative care research with an emphasis on Māori whānau perspectives of end of life care. Tess is a member of Hospice New Zealand’s Governance Board and has contributed to the development of the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme. She also sits on the Advance Care Planning Advisory Group and is currently the lead researcher on HRC funded Pae Herenga study; this project investigates tikanga and kawa Māori whānau draw from at end of life.

Christian Women Connecting for Global Impact

Christian Women Connecting for Global Impact

NZCN invites you to

Hear about key themes that are emerging for Christian women, the very exciting work of the Global Women’s Commission, and stories from around the globe of women in leadership who are truly making a difference.

Amanda will share her own journey into leadership, and the challenge she believes God is offering to women to more fully walk with a sense of purpose and calling in their own lives.

You will have an opportunity to talk about your own experiences, and pray with others on the journey.


AUT, City Campus – Sir Paul Reeves Conference Centre (WA224)


Tuesday, 11th August, 2015


6:30pm mix and mingle, 7pm start – 9:30pm
Arrive early and meet other women, and stay afterwards for drinks and nibbles to continue the conversations


Friday 7th August by filling in the form below


Free admissiom, koha welcome

The conference centre is located on level 1 of the WA building, enter from the WG building, and through  the Governor Fitzroy plaza. There will be signage at both WG entrances. See map.

Parking:  On-street parking free after 6pm or Wilsons car parking on St Pauls Street

Your hosts for the evening, Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau and  Janet Tuck, regional directors for the NZ and South Pacific Women’s Commission.

This evening will also be the launch of the NZ and South Pacific Women’s Commission, Women As One.

Online registrations have closed however, we are still taking late registrations via telephone until noon, Tuesday. Call 09 525 0949 and leave a message including your name, email address and telephone number.