Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1136

Arotakenga  – Our year in review

As we reflect on 2020 – an unprecedented year during which the world had to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic – we are heartened and grateful that we could continue in most aspects of our mahi under the different ‘alert levels’ to support New Zealanders to tūhura explore, torohē discover and tohatoha share knowledge. We share many of our activities during 2020 in this publication. 
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New Fellows officially inducted into the Academy

Today in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows and Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi Honorary Fellows that were announced last month will be officially inducted into the Royal Society Te Apārangi Academy. Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises distinction in research, scholarship or the advancement of knowledge at the highest international standards. The new Fellows will receive their Fellowship certificates and pins and present a short seminar on their area of expertise.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga


"The past is not just an act of remembering and forgetting, but a transmission and constant renegotiation of inherited knowledge over time. It is an act of power."

Dr Nēpia Mahuika (Ngāti Porou), is a senior lecturer of history at the University of Waikato. His research focuses on Māori martial arts, whakapapa, biography and history, historical trauma, wānanga as historical pedagogy and method, and decolonisation. Nēpia is currently involved in the development of a new History curriculum for Aotearoa New Zealand schools. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Vitamin D supplements should be recommended to all pregnant woman
A new study from the University of Auckland suggests Vitamin D supplements help boost the baby's immunity before it's born and prevents a deficiency.
Kaysha Brownlie @Newshub
Professor Martha Savage FRSNZ awarded Marsden Medal
Martha from Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences has been awarded the 2020 Marsden Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists for her pathbreaking research in the fields of seismology, plate tectonics, and volcanology.
@New Zealand Association of Scientists
Māori, Pacific experts excluded from science advisory
A new report by leading Māori researchers says Māori and Pacific experts are being excluded from science advisory and other key decision-making roles. View report.
@RNZ Morning Report
Probing Antarctica's waters raises questions and uncertainty 
Recent studies reveal surprising changes in the Ross Sea region, a choke-point in ocean circulation. 
David Williams @Newsroom
Rocket Lab to run mission control for cow-burp tracking methane satellite 
Rocket Lab has won the Government contract to set up and run the mission control for MethaneSAT, an international space project to measure cow burps, gas pipeline leaks and other sources of methane.
Eloise Gibson @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 May, Waikanae 
A Race Against Myrtle Rust - Conserving Swamp Maire Seed
This lecture is the first of six in the Ngā Manu Nature Reserve 2021 Winter Lecture Series. It will be given by Karin van der Walt, the Conservation and Science Advisor at Otari Native Botanic Garden in Wellington, who will discuss the challenges in conserving Swamp maire seed and the race against Myrtle Rust. 
5 May, Wellington
Dissenting Voices - New Zealand and the South African War 1899–1902
In this talk, Nigel Robson, the author of 'Our First Foreign War' will examine opposition within New Zealand to the South African War 1899–1902, a time when patriotic fervour engulfed the country.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Provide feedback on science and technology paper for the 2021 High-level Political Forum

The United Nations Major Group for Science and Technological Community (STC MG) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to promote science and to strengthen the scientific basis of decision-making and governance of sustainable development.

For the upcoming High-level Political Forum, where countries report and review progress on the achievement of SDGs, STC MG has drafted a position paper to bring together the latest scientific evidence and thinking from the science and technology community to set out ways to advance progress of the SDGs throughout this "decade of action" and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Closing date: 6 May 
Organisation: International Science Council 
Catalyst: Seeding – April 2021 call open

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations.

Closing date: 15 July
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Catalyst: Leaders - April 2021 call open

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 15 July 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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