Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1141

Meet Stephanie Kaefer, an Early Career Researcher

Stephanie Kaefer was introduced to linguistics in university and never looked back. Though her path hasn't always been clear, she followed her own curiosity which led her to Antarctica, a place she calls 'paradise'. Now she studies language in the frozen continent - a discipline not previously explored.

Stephanie is the next early career researcher in our Tūrama series, which aims to illuminate the stories of early career researchers in Aotearoa. In an interview, she shares the journey that led her to her mahi, including the teacher who inspired her to keep learning, while also discussing her passion for bringing the humanities to Antarctica.
Watch and read the interview

Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Kaupapa Māori research has provided me with a safe space to explore how health inequalities have been maintained and to document Māori community innovations towards hauora."

Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu) is the Associate Dean (Māori) and a Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch. During her career she has greatly contributed to her field of research, addressing inequalities in Māori health, for which she has received a number of awards.

Learn more >

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu MRSNZ has won the 2020 NZAS Cranwell Medal
Dianne is Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University of Otago, Wellington, a Royal Society Te Apārangi council member, and the first Pacific biomedical scientist to receive this science communication award from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.
@University of Otago
Freemasons New Zealand put their weight behind special olympics athletes
A unique partnership between Special Olympics New Zealand and Freemasons New Zealand will support thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete at the National Summer Games from December 8-12.
Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ reappointed as Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
Dame Juliet has been reappointed for another three year term, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
Indigenous fungus may help to control wilding pines
A student's research project shows that Armillaria novae-zealandiae, also known as harore, may help to control wilding pines - one of the country’s most ecologically damaging weed species.
@NZ Herald
New Zealand is getting drier
Average annual rainfall for 2016-2020 was 3.1 percent below the previous five-year average and 10.7 percent below the five-year average for 1996-2000.
@Stats NZ
Looking at future of Antarctica through an Indigenous Māori lens
It is time for the management and conservation of Antarctica to begin focusing on responsibility, rather than rights, Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi argues.
@University of Otago
Hope for kea in a warming world
Research that compared the DNA of kea and kākā suggest kea are generalists, rather than alpine specialists specifically adapted for living above the tree line.
Michael Daly @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 June, Christchurch
Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa
Christchurch City Libraries is hosting two events to celebrate Samoa Language Week. The first event is called Faitauga Tusi: Samoan Storytimes and is an opportunity to enjoy and learn stories, rhyme and action songs in Samoan. The second event is a craft making session called Family Makerspace.
12 June, Nelson
Marvellous Mussels - a sustainable food that’s good for you and the planet
As part of the Cawthron Institute's new exhibition 'Our Science, Our Future – 100 years of Cawthron', Dr Matt Miller will lead a talk explaining what’s in mussels that makes them good for you and what else his research is uncovering about this iconic New Zealand kaimoana. 
17 June, Dunedin
A city built on reclamation
In this talk as part of the '2021 Hocken Talk Series', Dr Matthew Schmidt will explore the changing shape of Dunedin City, sharing the story of Dunedin’s reclamation, wealth and prosperity.
30 June, Auckland
The future of our cities
Alec Tang, a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA), will discuss the critical systems that we must nurture to meet the challenges ahead and how we bring our communities along in that change.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

The Sir Hugh Kawharu master's level scholarship for innovation in science

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Aparangi, is a $10,000 scholarship for study at master's level in the sciences. The scholarship is applicable across a broad range of science disciplines.

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research

This award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research offers $6,000 for a Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a master's degree which involves social sciences research at any New Zealand tertiary institution. 

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship

The RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship is a study award of $6,000 for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering at a New Zealand university. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
EQC Biennial Grants round 2022 is now open

Every two years, EQC’s Biennial Grants programme invites experienced and emerging researchers to submit proposals for public good research (available for public use).

EQC invite research applications that are relevant to the scope of EQC’s role as defined by the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 and EQC’s Research Investment Priorities Statement.

Closing date: 18 June
Organisation: Earthquake Commission
Te Reo Tukutuku Investment Plan

The 2021-2022 Te Reo Tukutuku Iwi Cluster investment round provides the opportunity for those who would like to progress a Māori language revitalisation initiative or need support for any Māori language initiatives within the community, media sector, education, or urban-Māori settings.

Closing date:  14 June
Organisation: Te Mātāwai and Te Pae Motuhake o Te Reo Tukutuku

Ngā hui Conferences

7 - 9 September, Nelson & online
Physiomar 2021
This is a triennial international forum, hosted by Physiomar and the Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society, for discussions on recent advances in all aspects of the physiology of aquatic invertebrates.

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