Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1196

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori the Māori Language Commission celebrated its 35th birthday this week, having opened its doors on 1 Hereturikōkā August 1987. On that same day, the Māori Language Act came into force and te reo Māori became an official language of Aotearoa. 

“For Māori New Zealanders, te reo is an integral part of our identity. It tells the story of our families and links us forever to our ancestors and to Aotearoa. The battle for its survival is part of the story of every Māori family,” says Māori Language Commissioner Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ. 

That fight isn’t over, and the commission will soon launch a campaign calling for New Zealanders to capture the many stories of the battle for te reo Māori, to ensure that the language’s journey will be told and understood in years to come.

Royal Society Te Apārangi is committed to supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori and acknowledges the dedication of a number those in the broader Te Apārangi whanau in supporting this kaupapa, including Dr Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) QSO CRSNZ, Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe) FRSNZ and Dr Poia Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) FRSNZ, Tumu Whakarae, Te Mātāwai.

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New Marsden Fund Councillors

Haere mai to two new convenors of Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden Council. Professor Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) joins as the Convenor of the Economics and Human Behavioural Sciences Panel and Professor Jacqueline Beggs joins as the Convenor of the Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour Panel. 

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New British High Commissioner

Kaimahi for Te Apārangi supported Manatū Aorere and Te Taumata for Ms Iona Thomas OBE whakatau welcome on Monday in Wellington. Ms Thomas has been appointed British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor of the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands in succession to Ms Laura Clarke OBE. This will be a four year posting. Read more > 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

NZ on the cusp of a rivers revolution

"We’ve been fighting nature for years. Given climate change, it’s high time to let rivers roam," writes David Williams, reporting on the re-think away from building higher floodbanks towards an alternative approach.
David Williams @Newsroom

Southlanders' R now a global puzzlement

A major study supported by the Marsden Fund into the Southland accent produced a startling finding - one with implications for linguists worldwide, and for our understanding of early Southland society.
Michael Fallow @Stuff

Meteors seem to be raining down on New Zealand, but why are some bright green?

New Zealand may seem to be under meteor bombardment at the moment, raising lots of questions about these events. One of the most frequent is about the bright green colour observed by many stargazers, and whether it is the same green produced by auroras.
Jack Baggaley @The Conversation

University of Waikato PhD student wins Women in Science mentoring fellowship

Ocean scientist Kiri Reihana (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) just won the L'Oréal-Unesco for Women in Science mentoring fellowship. Kiri is the first Māori PhD student to receive this award, which will help her make connections with scientists around the world. 
@Waikato Herald

Major new effort to adapt to climate impacts

Analysis: In the face of escalating climate change-fuelled natural disasters, the Government released on Wednesday a significant new plan to adapt to a warmer world.
Marc Daalder @Newsroom

Flagship research centres to tackle urgent societal challenges

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland launches Hīkina kia Tutuki Research Centres, focused on our most pressing challenges.
@Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington
Reflections on Repatriation
Dr Amber Aronui will discuss her research on New Zealand's history of collecting, grave robbing, and theft, examining the importance of repatriation for descendant communities and the work being undertaken by iwi and hapū to have their taonga and ancestors home.
17 Hereturikōkā August, Hamilton
Understanding the Brain
The Neurological Foundation presents a public talk from Dr Juliette Cheyne (Centre for Brain Research, Auckland University). Dr Cheyne will be discussing her team’s work using imaging technologies to understand how brain cell activity is affected in neurological disorders.
22 Hereturikōkā August, Christchurch and Online
Sport Science: A presentation of two halves. (1) Heart stopping action! (2) Against the run of play?
Dr Peter Olsen (Ara Institute of Canterbury) will discuss research on cardiovascular events during the men’s Rugby World Cups from 1999-2011. In the second half, there will be a discussion of new research on women’s rugby. 
24 Hereturikōkā August, Otago 
The Shear Zones that Hold Back the Icesheets
Geoscience Society of New Zealand's Otago Branch presents the 2022 Hochstetter lecture. Professor David Prior will showcase the lateral thinking behind research using geophysical and geological methods to study the physics of ice. These methods inform ice sheet modeling and predictions for a warmer world.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

2023 Wolf Prize nominations now open

The Wolf Foundation are pleased to invite you to nominate one or more candidate(s) for the 2023 Wolf Prize.

In accordance with the Wolf Prize principle of rotation, candidates for the 2023 prize can be nominated only in the following five fields: Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Agriculture, and Arts. Please find the nomination forms below: 

Submission via email only to: 

Submission deadline: 24 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.

2023 Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs Award applications now open

The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee  and the Australian & New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the biennial Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs Award.  

This award recognises people and institutions that are proactively finding ways to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching in New Zealand. The award will be made to an individual, group or organisation working within New Zealand that shows great commitment to developing or implementing the principles of the Three Rs.  

Applications deadline: 30 Mahuru September 

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

Haast Symposium: Celebrating the Life of Sir Julius von Haast
Recently a  symposium was run by the Canterbury Museum to mark the 200th birthday of geoscientist, Julius von Haast. All the talks can now be viewed online, alongside a virtual tour of some Haast-related localities around Christchurch and some sketches and paintings Haast prepared of Canterbury glaciers.
11 Hereturikōkā August, Online
Perspectives on the last decade in data science tools
In this third talk in the Ihaka Lecture Series, Wes McKinney, CTO and co-founder of Voltron Data, will discuss major trends and areas of work in the broader “data science tools” software ecosystem across Python, R, Julia, and other programming languages.

Ngā hui | Conferences

6 - 8 Hakihea December, Auckland
SAANZ 2022 Conference: Now What? Reimagining hope, ‘truth’ and equality

The Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand conference theme for 2022 calls on participants to consider Now What? for the imagined and enacted praxes of hope, ‘truth’ and equality – now and in the immediate future. Now What? for contemporary and future-facing Sociology(ies). And Now What? for the next crises – material, physical, social, digital, etc – that lie just over the horizon and are yet to capture the public’s imagination, let alone threshold sociological interest. Early bird registrations are open now!

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