Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1143

He Pito Mata Awakening the Potential - Early Career Research Wānanga

He Pito Mata kicked off today at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Te Whanganui-a-Tara! Over 300 early career researchers from across Aotearoa have joined us down on the Wellington waterfront to connect, share and network with one another. This two-day wānanga is hosted by the Early Career Researcher Forum and led by kaiwhakataki MCs Dr Sereana Naepi, Dr Rangi Matamua FRSNZ (Tūhoe) and Royal Society Te Apārangi President Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ.

Today's workshops included media training and te reo pronunciation lessons, seminars outlining research funding opportunities, developing and maintaining strategic relationships, the mahi being done to address COVID-19 misinformation, and more.

In a discussion facilitated by Professor Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tiipa, Ngāti Kinohaku, Te Aupōuri), panel members Associate Professor Maria Bargh (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa), Sacha McMeeking (Ngāi Tahu) and Dr Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) from the recently released book Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface explored mātauranga in practice. 

Poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh FRSNZ captivated audiences with a reading of Mophead Tu: the Queen's Poem, the sequel to her bestselling children's book Mophead. The reading followed with a discussion between Selina and Wendy Larner.

Today's activities will be followed by a whakawhanaungatanga networking event. 

Call for papers for JRSNZ Early Career Researcher open access supplement - Research Futures for Aotearoa New Zealand

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is planning an open-access supplement with papers showcasing the excellent research conducted by Early Career Researchers based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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New issue of marine and freshwater journal

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has released a new issue, which includes articles exploring the recolonisation of a fish and invertebrate community after droughts, high contributions of methane in GHG emissions from a lake, and characterisation of the expression of select genes in the triplefin.

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Speaker's Science Forum at parliament

Last week, the third of this year's Speaker’s Science Forum series was held at parliament, where two researchers presented their cutting edge findings to Members of Parliament. Andrea Stocchero from Scion spoke on ‘Sustainable wood for a sustainable future’ and Guy Marriage from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington compared our current method of housebuilding to more innovative construction techniques.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Mātauranga Māori at the interface in business intermingles with other bodies of knowledge, especially Western business practice and corporate thinking."

Professor Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāi Tahu, Matawhāiti, Iwitea) is the Associate Dean (Māori) at Waikato Management School, University of Waikato. Chellie is a passionate and committed advocate for Māori leadership, management and business.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New dinosaur unearthed in Australia confirmed as largest ever found there
A new species of dinosaur unearthed in Australia has been confirmed as the largest ever found on the continent.
Rocket Lab wins contract for Mars mission
Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to design two Photon spacecraft for a scientific mission to Mars.
Chris Keall @NZ Herald
Things are getting worse for the melting Pine Island glacier 
This Antarctic glacier is a 257-kilometre-long river of ice that already contributes more to sea-level rise than any other glacier on the continent.
Sarah Kaplan @Stuff
Predator Free New Zealand marks five years
A bold initiative to rid mainland New Zealand of rats, stoats and possums that was described as a “crazy and ambitious Moonshot” has made significant gains.
Bill Hickman @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

22 June, Palmerston North
Nature and wellbeing in Aotearoa
In this talk, Dr Catherine Knight will explore the connection between nature and wellbeing in New Zealand. She will talk about the implications of these findings for us in Aotearoa, especially in our cities and towns, where the majority of us live. 
30 June, Waikanae 
Ecological restoration of Puangiangi
The fifth lecture in the Ngā Manu Nature Reserve Winter series will be led by Barry Dent, a conservationist working on the restoration of Puangiangi - a little-known island in the Cook Strait Ecological District. Barry will talk about the plants, birds, lizards and invertebrates that make up the ecosystem as well as the human history of the island.
8 July, Dunedin
Science in the spotlight
Helen Anderson CRSNZ,  Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, and the chair of the Climate Change Commission Rod Carr will have a fireside discussion to kick off the 2021 New Zealand International Science Festival. They will discuss the massive leaps forward that science is currently making and those that science will need to make in order to tackle our future challenges.
9 July, Dunedin
Plastics unwrapped - the politics of change
This panel discussion as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival, will consider the growing awareness of the impact of plastic and examine if plastics are as bad as we think. A panel will explore the science, the challenges, and the opportunities, and how we need to adjust our own mindset to achieve the results.

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 Apārangi, 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/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

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