Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1203

He Toa Reo Māori, 50 years on: national commemoration honouring our Māori language champions

A national commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition (Te Petihana) being presented was held at Parliament on 14 September. "The public event recognises the te reo Māori champions behind Te Petihana in 1972 and how their bravery and work ignited the Māori language movement," said Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson

Ngā mihi hoki to Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith FRSNZ, Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ and Dr Poia Rewi FRSNZ for your leadership and mahi tahi.

Photo: Mani Dunlop and Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ
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New social sciences journal issue published

A new issue of Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online has been published.  It includes articles on perspectives on introduced trout, 1970s tenant protest, review essay on kaumātua wellbeing, te Tiriti o Waitangi implementation in charitable organisations, social cohesion and first lockdown, and sociology research productivity in latest decade. 

New marine and freshwater research journal issue

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has just been published. It includes articles on coastal squeeze of saltmarshes, stream bank erosion, ingestion of anthropogenic debris by marine fish around New Zealand and sexual development of landlocked pejerrey fish. 

Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Apply and nominate for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards.

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal

For more than 20 years, Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ  has been thinking and writing about how environmental law could recalibrate to be more respectful of Māori rights, interests and responsibilities. This role as an influential Māori legal scholar has resulted in Professor Ruru being awarded the University of Otago’s top honour – its Distinguished Research Medal. 
@University of Otago

Should chronic fatigue syndrome be classified as a disability? - Expert Reaction

The SMC asked experts to comment on petition to reclassify myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) as a disability.
@Science Media Centre

The fossil treasures of Foulden Maar

Long-dead fish, flowers and insects are offering a window into our past. University of Otago scientist Daphne Lee’s new book Fossil Treasures of Foulden Maar is a glimpse into Otago’s paleontological site of international importance. 
Nine to Noon @RNZ

National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land 2022

The Government has released a national statement with the aim of improving how we protect the country's most productive farm land from residential development.
@Ministry for the Environment

Efficient species monitoring method proves worth

Researchers have proved the efficacy of environmental DNA sampling in obtaining population genetic information. Dr Clare Adams, who led a study into using e-DNA to analyse pāua, says the method is cheaper, easier and less time consuming than the traditional method of taking tissue samples.
@University of Otago

Safeguarding science in the wake of conflict 

The ISC’s newly released conference report on responses to the Ukraine crisis from the European higher education and research sectors includes seven key recommendations for the international community to better support science systems affected by conflict.
@International Science Council

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 Mahuru September, Rotorua
Biotechnology and the Materials for the Future
We are about to enter a new age where biotechnology will impact all our lives. This presentation by Alec Foster, Bioproducts and Packaging Portfolio leader at Scion, will give a glimpse into this world, how it's changing and the work being performed at Scion to improve the environment.
7 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Wellington
Bringing back the forgotten: The Ulumate Project
In this event Daren Kamali and Ole Maiava will talanoa about their research-revival work with weaver Joana Monolagi. As Na Tolu, they researched centuries-old Fijian wig ceremonies, before making an Ulu cavu wig from 25 years’ worth of Daren’s hair.
26 Mahuru September, Christchurch
Fear to Fascination: International Spider Adventures
Dr Fiona Cross, University of Canterbury, will speak about her work with jumping spiders (family Salticidae), which have unique, complex eyes and a capacity for spatial vision exceeding that for any other animals of similar size.  Fiona's research is supported by the Marsden Fund. 
28 Mahuru September, Auckland
Café Scientifique: Are We Alone? – The Search for Extraterrestrial Life in the Solar System

Little Green (Wo)Men are out; microbes are in. The search for life beyond Earth has recently accelerated since the lull following the Mars Viking missions in the 1970s. Professor Kathy Campbell FRSNZ will explore the what, how and why in the quest for ET life in the Solar System in the current and coming decades.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

JRSNZ call for papers: Special issue on fossil vertebrates from southern Zealandia

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions of papers concerning taxonomic descriptions, paleobiological and functional analyses of Zealandia vertebrates.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the guest editors, Dr Carolina Loch (Otago), Dr Daniel Thomas (Massey) and Dr Jeffrey Robinson (Otago) at

EOI deadline: 1 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022

Apply for Powering Potential 

This event on 12-15 Hakihea December will give 60 Year 12 or Year 13 tauira who have a passion for science, technology, or social sciences the opportunity to research some big science questions or social issues.  Students will work in teams and be assigned a mentor.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!

Closing date: 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Apply now for 2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities. We are accepting two cohorts, with the first intake starting in Term 1, 2023, and the second in Term 3, 2023.    

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

UC Biosecurity Innovations Masters and PhD Scholarships

There are three opportunities in Biosecurity Innovations:

Organisation: University of Canterbury and BioHeritage Challenge

Ngā hui | Conferences

26 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 1 Hakihea December, Ōtepoti Dunedin
New Zealand Ecological Society Conference

He Uru Kahika ki te Wao - Connections New Zealand. The conference includes a student day, field trips, and social events. The 14 confirmed symposia include inter-disciplinary topics such as the effects and mitigation of artificial light at night, bioacoustics, conservation genomics, palaeoecology, and kaitiaki partnerships for research. Early-bird registration closes 16 October 2022.

Applications for Student Travel Awards to attend the conference close 30 September 2022 Visit:

26 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Lincoln University and live-stream
The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science 1-day Canterbury Forum: "Can New Zealand farmers mitigate climate change?”

The topic has been chosen because He Waka Eke Noa consultation exercise appears to reveal that New Zealand farmers want to control their own destiny with a farm-based levy option for pricing agricultural GHG emissions and not by a processor-level levy.

In this context, what can producers do individually to mitigate their GHG emissions and respond to the climate change challenge?

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