Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1125

Poroporoaki farewell to Royal Society Chief Executive 
Dr Andrew Cleland

A gathering was held at Te Whare Apārangi in Te Whanganui a Tara last night for the poroporoaki farewell of Chief Executive Dr Andrew Cleland FRSNZ, who leaves the Society at the end of the month. The event celebrated Andrew’s commitment and dedication to Royal Society Te Apārangi as well as the legacy that his mahi and relationships will leave.

Dr Andrew Cleland has been the Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi for over 6 years, starting in September 2014. During his time there have been many outstanding moments including Royal Society Te Apārangi being admitted as the 28th member of the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) in 2019 and his being part of the group to develop the Research Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Seeking new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Royal Society Te Apārangi is currently seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (JRSNZ), the Society’s flagship multidisciplinary title, as well as New Zealand's oldest learned periodical, continuing from the Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. The journal's content spans science, mātauranga, technology and the humanities.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Government confirms to repeal and replace the RMA with three new acts
In place of the RMA we will see a Natural and Built Environments Act, focussed on land use and environmental regulation; the Strategic Planning Act pulling together laws around development; and the Climate Change Adaptation Act.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Covid-19: Study says clearer information needed from Government in event of future lockdowns
Greater flexibility of bubble rules and more concise information from the Government is needed if New Zealand was to go back into a coronavirus lockdown, a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has found.
Danielle Clent @Stuff
Engineering new ways to treat dirty water
Researchers have $3 million and three years to come up with some new ways to clean up wastewater.
Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World
Under the moonlight: a little light and shade helps larval fish to grow at night
New research from Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington shows the brightness of the Moon could play a major role in the struggle for survival.
Jeffrey Shima @The Conversation
When scientists become allergic to their research
Anecdotal reports and expert analysis suggest that it is far from rare for scientists, students, and laboratory technicians to develop allergies to the organisms they study.
Hannah Thomasy @Sciblogs

Ngā take o te wā Events

16 February, Palmerston North
Wildbase Recovery Centre: What's behind the Wall?
The Wildbase Recovery Centre provides shelter and care for native wildlife to rehabilitate from illness and injury. This is an opportunity to tour the centre, and then hear from its Head Veterinary Technician, Pauline Nijman, who will discuss the conservation aspects of the work of the centre.
16 February, Napier
The 1931 commemorative earthquake lecture
Dr Philip Barnes, NIWA, will illustrate how Earth scientists are using seafloor mapping, marine geophysical surveys, and ocean-floor drilling data to improve our understanding of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, New Zealand's largest fault system.
18 February, Nelson
Just how on Earth do we know that Mars is made of?
What do we already know about Mars? Could there be life on the planet? Did you know that there are Martian rocks on Earth? Associate Professor James Scott will talk about these questions and will highlight some similarities and differences between Earth and Mars.
19 February, Christchurch
Mars Rover landing day
This all-day celebration of the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars will include a range of activities about the red planet including a livestream from NASA, talks from different experts and the opportunity to see and touch some actual pieces of Mars.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for nominations for Companion

Election as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand (CRSNZ) is an honour recognising sustained and outstanding leadership and contributions to the promotion, encouragement, and advancement of knowledge, science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.

Closing date: 30 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

16 February
Mobility through a water quality lens
The Sustainability Society is hosting a series of three panel webinars. This second webinar will look at a low-impact public transport network and how, when we start with water quality outcomes in mind, the concept of green tracking of light rail can provide a multitude of additional benefits.

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