Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1109

Ka ūkaipō anō te reo

At 12pm on 14 September over a million New Zealanders all around the world celebrated Māori Language Moment. This moment was the largest, single celebration of te reo Māori in history. Royal Society Te Apārangi joined in as an organisation. Staff members gathered at 12pm to waiata while others participated through kōrero, ako or pānui.

Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe), Te Tumu Ahurei Māori Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Māori at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and the Māori Language Commissioner, sat down to have a kōrero with our directors Kahu Hotere and Tarah Nikora of Royal Society Te Apārangi to discuss te reo revitalisation.

The idea is to shift people along in our changing society so that one day we will have a high-functioning, bi-lingual country where Māori does not have to be celebrated in one week or one month, but will be the everyday norm.

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Thorndon School has lift-off

Year 7 and 8 students at Thorndon School participated in the Rocket Challenge, a Wonder Project that helps students design, build and launch water rockets. STEM professionals, including the Society's Heidi de Ronde, worked with the students to teach the engineering design process, Newton’s laws of motion, and aerodynamics. The Challenge saw a final launch of 15 teams sending their bottle rocket into the sky...or ground, or tree, or well, ... into the parking lot next door!

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Auckland Museum and Ngāti Kuri receive $13.3m grant for iwi-led collaborative research
'Te mana o Rangitāhua: A holistic approach to transform ecosystem wellbeing', is a five-year research programme focused on the Rangitāhua Kermadec Islands. The programme has received $13.3M in research funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s Endeavour Fund for a five-year period.

See a full list of the Endeavour Fund 2020 successful projects. 
@Auckland Museum 
New book Communicating Science documents the global emergence of modern science communication

One of the first of its 40 chapters is on Aotearoa, entitled 'Participatory science and bicultural knowledge communication'. It highlights the steady increase in the collaboration of mātauranga Māori with western science, at a time of heightened environmental issues.
The book is available for free download.

Furthering the fight against ‘fake’ or poor quality medical products 
Academies from around the world are encouraging action from political decision-makers to solve the urgent issue of falsified and substandard medical products.
@The InterAcademy Partnership
TV series explores artefacts at the heart of history
A second season of the TV series Artefact, presented by Professor Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ, which focuses on objects and taonga at the heart of historical dramas, has just been released. 
@RNZ Saturday Morning
Freshwater species show vulnerability to climate change
A new study has identified seven freshwater species native to Aotearoa that will likely be highly or very highly vulnerable to climate change.
Seafood production scientist wins Thermo Fisher Scientific Award
Hamilton Award winner Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther has been recognised at the Queenstown Research Week for her high calibre of molecular biology research.
@Plant & Food Research
Putting the case for using Māori bird names
In a recent article published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, New Zealand researchers argue for greater use of Māori bird names in science communication and environmental reporting in order to promote their wider everyday use in the community.
Kate Guthrie @Predator Free NZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

21 September, Hawke's Bay & Online

Materials: Fact or Fiction

As part of the 2020 'MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series', researchers Dr Mike Price and Professor Penny Brothers will delve into the periodic table to give us their scientific take on whether Sting (the large Elvish dagger from The Lord of the Rings) and Nth Metal (a hyper-conductive metal from DC Comics) could be reality in a not too far off future.
23 September, Wellington

Geophysical Studies of Taupō Volcano

As part of the Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka 'SGEES PhD Seminar Series', Elenor R.H. Mesel will give a talk on the modern seismicity distribution at Tāupo. She will also discuss the new seismometer network she has deployed around the lake which aims to improve the resolution of seismicity characterisation. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Download free te reo Māori activity books for kids

Celebrate Māori language by learning Māori kupu and phrases through simple activities. Download two free activity books for kids - one focussed on pronunciation while the other includes more word searches, crossword, colouring pages and stories. 

Organisation: Te Papa
Job opportunity with the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry

NZIC represents some 700 members involved in the profession of chemistry. They are looking for a part-time administrator and digital communications officer who will report to the council. This role will primarily be responsible for managing the day to day running of the organisation with a strong focus on maintaining the digital content of the website.

Closing date: 30 September 
Organisation: New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
Feedback sought on freshwater implementation
To implement its Essential Freshwater package, the Government has gazetted new freshwater standards and regulations to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater.

Feedback is continually encouraged from the public to ensure implementation is as efficient and effective as possible.
@Ministry for the Environment
Nominations open for Powering Potential

Kia hiwa rā Year 12-13 students with a passion for science and technology! This is your chance to travel to Pōneke Wellington to work with your peers under the mentorship of Aotearoa's emerging research leaders, and find solutions to some of the biggest problems faced by society today.

Closing date: 7 October 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply now for the 2020 round of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes

With a combined value of $1,000,000, these five prizes celebrate Aotearoa's leading scientists, breakthrough researchers, innovative tauira students, passionate communicators and cutting edge kaiako teachers. 

Closing date: 9 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

18 September
Tools to help us improve Pacific health outcomes
Dr Viliami Puloka and Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi will look at and discuss ways to improve our approach to Pacific health in this interactive webinar.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

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