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September 2019

October – AGM
9th October
Thistle Inn, Thorndon.

After the AGM there will be the traditional  post AGM dinner at the Thistle Inn (pay your own way) and a speaker.
There is a set menu so if you wish to come, please RSVP to 

Chrissy Boulton <>

As per the constitution,  the Secretary now requests nominations  for Council. The Branch Council consists of the President, two vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and up to four other members elected by ballot at the AGM.

Nominations for Branch Council shall be signed by a proposer, a seconder and the nominee, and sent to the Secretary at least 4 weeks before the AGM.

Likewise, any notices of motion intended to be put at the AGM must be sent to the Secretary at least four weeks prior to the AGM.

The Annual Report will be available on the Website prior to the AGM:

Motivation beyond carrots and sticks

Wednesday 20th November 

Professor Flaviu Hodis (VUW)

6.00 – 7.00 pm at Victoria University Lecture Theatre LBLT118 (Laby Lecture Theatre 118), Kelburn Campus, Victoria University

Contemporary research has provided convincing evidence that we need to shift our understanding of motivation. Specifically, motivation differs not only in magnitude but, perhaps even more importantly, also in type. This presentation will overview key implications of recent developments in motivation research. In particular, it will highlight that having different types of motivation is associated with both specific benefits and distinct drawbacks. In addition, the presentation will discuss that stronger motivation does not always support the success of goal pursuits. To explicate this counter-intuitive proposition, the talk will introduce the idea of proper mix regarding motivation. Finally, the presentation will use examples from recent research to illustrate that knowledge of the motivation mix (i.e., consideration of the patterns of interrelationships among key motivation tendencies) helps shed fresh light on motivation and motivation effects.


According to the constitution, members who are two years or more in arrears are deemed to have resigned from the Branch. Because of the past difficulties with keeping records that rule has not been applied. However, we do record the members in the Annual Report.  It is clear that the annual list, and the treasurers list of members deviates somewhat. The Mailchimp newsletter goes out to about 180 subscribers, but we have records of only:
14 Ordinary members
17 Senior members
2 Family members
0 Student member
26 Emeritas members
5 Honorary members
3 Life members
62 Fellows
If you have not renewed your membership for the 2019 year (you should have received a receipt) then please consider doing so. It is now relatively easily done through the website, which accepts credit card payments.

Membership income provides the operating money for the society it is all spent on promoting Science activities in the Wellington Region.

The new financial year for the society began this month (Sept) and new invoices will be sent out to members in the new year.

If you missed the Hudson Lecture: 
Theoretical Illiteracy and Therapeutic Dead ends: Lessons from Forensic and Correctional Practice
Professor Tony Ward DipClinPsyc, PhD, FRSNZ
Victoria University of Wellington

You can find it in the Website:

The classification and explanation of crime is important for research and practice. The categorization of problems associated with crime sets explanatory targets, underpins predictive models, and ideally provides clinicians with a rich description of offending groups and their various difficulties. Dynamic risk factors and offence type categories are the fundamental constructs in this work and structure forensic practice and guide rehabilitation policy throughout the world. However, in my view there are serious theoretical problems with these two constructs which adversely impact on their utility. Continued reliance on them is stifling the field and is rapidly leading to theoretical dead ends, fragmented practice, and disappointing rehabilitation outcomes. In this talk, I present new ways of formulating DRF and classifying crime and its related problems in the forensic and correctional domains. I demonstrate how these theoretical innovations can lead to better explanatory theories, and more targeted interventions.

Professor Tony Ward, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, has primarily researched forensic and correctional topics, prominently centered on violent and sexual offenders and rehabilitation. His theoretical contributions have resulted in substantial empirical research projects and innovations in treatment around the world. Tony is the developer of the  “Good Lives Model” for the rehabilitation of offenders. He has taught clinical and forensic psychology at the universities of Melbourne, Canterbury, and Deakin and is a professorial fellow at the Universities of Birmingham, Kent, and Portsmouth. He has authored more than 400 academic publications. Tony was made a Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2018.


Science fair Storage.

There are 69 trestle tables owned by Kiwanis that are used each year for the science fair.  Unfortunately the current storage arrangement has come to an end.

If we cannot find alternative storage the tables will have to be sold.The tables are quite large and heavy and currently stored in a 10 foot container. The tables are MDF so require ventilated storage.
Is there any member who would have free storage available for the tables?
If so please let the secretary know ASAP.