Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1126

He Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

A new landmark collection Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface features 24 Māori kaituhituhi writers who share their stories and journeys while revealing what being Māori means to them in their work, their communities and in their day-to-day lives. 

Royal Society Te Apārangi and its communication's team is honoured and incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to support the authors' writing and provide the beautiful imagery of the kaituhituhi -- many of whom opened up their homes and introduced whānau. Arohanui!

Unfortunately, the launch of Ngā Kete Mātauranga has been postponed from February until May 2021, due to recent changes in COVID-19 Alert Levels. In the lead up to the new launch date, we will be highlighting these inspirational authors and their kōrero every week in this newsletter and across our social media channels (see our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Royal Society Te Apārangi President Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ, provides a foreword in the book. She explains that this "beautiful and powerful collection" has grown out of a partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to celebrate Māori scholars and to strengthen relationships between Māori and non-Māori research communities. "It is an enormous privilege to live and work in Aotearoa, and to be in a research environment in which Māori and non-Māori knowledges encounter each other on a daily basis There is much we can learn from each other. Nā tātou katoa - this is part of all of us." 

The book is edited by Professors Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ and Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and is published by Otago University Press. Ngā mihi maioha to our partners.
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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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New issue of New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has published a new issue which includes an open-access paper on how fault-gouge dating constrains the Paparoa Trough. Other papers cover late Holocene sea-level changes in New Zealand, arsenic residues from gold extraction and the New Zealand fossil record file. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Germany-New Zealand green hydrogen alliance passes first hurdle
Professor Sally Brooker FRSNZ and Associate Professor Aaron Marshall are co-leading an international alliance with Germany to explore green hydrogen technologies in New Zealand.
@University of Otago
Not 100% - but four steps closer to sustainable tourism
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton FRSNZ, is urging the Government to take advantage of the pause in international tourism to transform the sector to one with a substantially smaller environmental footprint.
Common mineral could be key to tackling climate change
A team of international researchers, led by Associate Professor Allan Scott, believe they have discovered a potentially revolutionary key to reducing climate change impacts.
@University of Canterbury
Deadly Christchurch quake's record ground-shaking lower than first thought
Scientists have discovered that record-breaking forces recorded during Christchurch's earthquake in February 2011 were exaggerated by loose foundations in the building housing the instruments.
Amber Allott and Paul Gorman @Stuff
Pressure mounts for Government action on marine protection
Environmentalists say they are concerned the Government won't follow an election pledge to protect 30 percent of marine area by 2030.
Marc Daadler @Newsroom
Fixing environmental problems one plant at a time
Biotechnology researcher Associate Professor David Leung is looking for ways to make plants solve environmental issues.
Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World
New Zealand academics help plan world's recovery from pandemic
Sir David Skegg FRSNZ and Sir Peter Gluckman FRS FRSNZ are among members of a new international panel that will report on the possible Covid-19 scenarios the world faces over the next three to five years, and on the choices for governments, agencies, and citizens.

Ngā take o te wā Events

18 February, Welllington and online
Source water: the crucial missing ‘water’ from the new Taumata Arowai Three Waters legislation
Tonight, as part of the University of Otago Wellington's Summer Talks series, Dr Mike Joy will be considering the role of the new independent water regulator, Taumata Arowai (Three Waters) and why he thinks a crucial fourth ‘water’ has been missed – the source of water.
12-13 March, Wānaka
Wānaka's annual A&P show: our place 
This two-day event will showcase the beauty of Wānaka's local environment by using fun interactive learning and play to demonstrate how the land, water, flora and fauna, the climate, and us humans, are all connected. The event also aims to educate young people and adults on how we can all act together to protect the environment.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Kaiwhakahaere ORCID Coordinator (Fixed Term) position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

ORCID is a global unique identifier system for researchers. In this role you will help us make progress with the implementation of ORCID within the New Zealand research system.

You will work proactively with stakeholders to get their buy-in to ORCID and assist them in implementing and using ORCID systems. You will also work with individual organisations to identify their challenges and needs, and help them overcome them. You will support this through one-on-one interactions and a “roadshow.”

Closing date: 22 February
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Kaiarotake Rangahau Research Assessor position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

This position involves providing support for, and operation of, monitoring, reporting and evaluation system for research projects which have been assigned funding by Royal Society Te Apārangi. For this appointment, we are seeking an assessor with strength in humanities, mātauranga Māori or social sciences. 

Closing date: 26 February
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply for the Human Frontier Science Program

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing date: Initiate an application by 18 March
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program 

Nominations are now open for the 2021 John Dunmore Medal

This award recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge and understanding of the part played by the French people or the French language in the development of historical, intellectual, scientific, economic, or other aspects of world culture, preference being given, although not exclusively, to the Pacific region. 

Closing date: 31 March 
Organisation: Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande

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