Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1179

NZJGG special issue: Understanding sedimentary systems and processes of the Hikurangi Subduction Margin (Part 1) 

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has released the first of two special issue volumes dedicated to the sedimentary systems of the Hikurangi Subduction Margin. The special issue was guest edited by Lorna Strachan (UoA), Alan Orpin (NIWA), Adam McArthur (Leeds), Julien Bailleul (UniLaSalle) and Kyle Bland (GNS).

The Hikurangi Subduction Margin is the southernmost section of the plate boundary fault where the Pacific tectonic plate is thrust beneath the Australian plate, sinking into the Earth’s mantle. This process, called subduction, is the overarching theme of this volume, with each paper exploring the influences of subduction on the evolution of sediment systems over time.

The first section includes papers focusing on the early history of the Hikurangi Subduction Margin during the Miocene, approximately 23 to 5 million years ago. Papers in the second section examine sedimentary systems of the Quaternary age, which began about 2.5 million years ago. According to the guest editors, “tantalising results from these papers reveal a margin rattled by frequent storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.”
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JRSNZ special issue on climate change EOI deadline extended

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is calling for papers for a 2023 special issue entitled 'New Zealand and Antarctica in a changing climate: current state, possible impacts and effective response'.

The EOI deadline has been extended to 22 April 2022.
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New Zealander of the Year: Tā Tipene O'Regan, the man who 'gives the gift of time'

Tā Tipene O’Regan CRSNZ has been named the 2022 Te Pou Whakarae O Aotearoa
New Zealander of the Year. Tā Tipene, driven by dreams of an equitable and bicultural nation, became a familiar figure in the nation’s consciousness as he led seven years of treaty negotiations over more than half the land mass of Aotearoa. @Stuff

New Covid-19 variant XE may be more transmissible – Expert Reaction

The World Health Organization is warning of a new Covid-19 variant that is potentially 10 per cent more transmissible than Omicron BA.2. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield is planning for wider genomic sequencing to pick up the variant if it arrives in New Zealand. @SMC 

IPCC report: Climate campaigner urges voters to push government and companies to act

A loud message is coming through the new UN climate change report - it is time for us all to radically change our lifestyles. The significant report has painted a bleak picture of what is ahead without swift action, and the deadline for action draws closer every day. @RNZ

The Dunedin study at 50: landmark experiment tracked 1,000 people from birth

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Study, more commonly known as “the Dunedin study”. The project has created a comprehensive body of data that has yielded more than 1,300 peer-reviewed research papers, reports and books. @The Guardian

Ngā take o te wā Events

12 Paengawhāwhā April, Online
Yuri's Night: Biosecurity in Space 

SpaceBase is hosting this year's NZ Yuri's Night 2022 event with guest speaker Duncan Steel of the award-winning Xerra Earth Observation Unit. The primary focus of Xerra is building Starboard, a maritime domain awareness platform that helps nations tackle complex biosecurity challenges. 

30 Paengawhāwhā April - 1 Haratua May, Online 
Haast Symposium: Celebrating the Life of Sir Julius von Haast

A weekend online symposium is being held on 30 Paengawhāwhā April and 1 Haratua May 2022 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Julius von Haast, a leading 19th century scientist and founder of the Canterbury Museum. 

12 Paengawhāwhā April, Online
Putting environmental net-gain at the heart of urban design

This webinar explores how using te Mana o te Wai as a foundation for infrastructure design could lead to improved environmental outcomes. Encompassing concepts such as green tracking of light rail and ecological build zones, we will explore a future urban landscape that places water and well--being at the centre of infrastructure design.

13 Paengawhāwhā April, Online 
Mahi tahi – work together as one to build biosecurity capability 

In this free webinar you will hear from a range of speakers on Aotearoa's biosecurity and capability needs - including industry, research, Māori and government perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to quiz panellists on how tertiary institutions can support capability development in the biosecurity sector. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand: applications now open 

Falling Walls Lab is a global platform for students and early-career professionals. It is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: which walls will fall next?

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in any field - in just 3 minutes.

The top three winners of the Lab Finale in Germany are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

Closing Date: 2 Piripi June 2022 5.00 pm (NZST) 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 

Ngā hui Conferences

23-25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Christchurch
New Zealand Geographical Society Conference

The Canterbury Branch will be hosting the biennial New Zealand Geographical Society Conference at University of Canterbury both in-person and online. The conference will commence with pre-conference workshops and field trips on 22 Whiringa-ā-rangi November and conference sessions will run from 23 - 25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November. 

There are a number of themes for the conference that have guided the selection of  keynote speakers. The call for sessions and abstracts can address the following themes, or wider themes in human and physical geography:
  • Resilience in the context of environmental change, governance and/or justice
  • Well-being and health approaches to resilience
  • Recovery and regenerative development: solutions, approaches, methodologies and practices for social and/or ecological restoration
  • Resilience in the context of counter geographies
  • Resilience in the context of place-based, community grassroots geographies.

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