Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1198

Speaker's Science Forum: Alternative forms of governance of Te Taiao 

MPs gathered at Parliament on 10 Here-turi-kōkā August to hear experts discuss research on alternative forms of governance of Te Taiao.

Māori academics Dr Shaun Awatere (Ngāti Porou), Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa), Te Tira Whakamātaki co-founder, co-presented on why alternative forms of environmental governance are urgently needed to address the triple threat of disasters, disease and climate change, as well as the enormous social problems central to the growing issues around environmental degradation.

They asked, why, when communities and new actors are already playing critical decision-making roles in how we conserve and sustainably use our natural resources, does the idea of co-governance worry so many?

They shared how mātauranga and te Tiriti are already guiding environmental policy and governance and why we need them to continue to.

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Programme Manager, Expert Advice Kaiwhakahaere Mātanga Rangahau

A rare opportunity as Kaiwhakahaere, a new senior role within the Society is available. We are looking for a capable thought leader, people leader, and project manager in the Expert Advice team. Do you have excellent writing and communication skills? Post-graduate qualification? 

Applications are due 2 Mahuru September.   

New issue of New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has been published and includes articles on marine helminth parasites, river fine sediment and macroinvertebrate communities, past lake quality measurement, sea cucumbers, tarakihi and more. 

New issues of New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics

A new issue of NZJGG has been published and includes articles on dating volcanic rocks in Samoa, ancient landslides in the Transantarctic Mountains, tailing analysis from a Southern New Zealand gold mine and descriptions of a new genus and two species of land snails from Māngere. 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Two new Emeritus Professors announced

Professor Tony Signal and Professor Barry Scott FRSNZ have been awarded emeritus titles in recognition of their service to Massey University.
@Massey University

Omicron-specific boosters – Expert Reaction

The UK has become the first country to approve an Omicron-specific booster jab for Covid-19.The SMC asked experts about the announcement and what the data say so far about how effective they are.

Funding secured for green hydrogen storage materials research

The development of safe, low-cost, green hydrogen storage materials from New Zealand resources is now a step closer, thanks to an international research grant. Professor Sally Brooker FRSNZ, of the University of Otago’s Department of Chemistry, is co-leading a German-NZ Green Hydrogen alliance.  

Hope for better cerebral palsy outcomes

A pair of researchers at the University of Auckland have led a successful bid to trial regional hubs for diagnosing cerebral palsy.
 @Liggins Institute

Ngā take o te wā Events

22 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington
Inflation, Food Insecurity, and the Coming Global Food Order
The world is in the throes of a food emergency. Overlapping crises, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, wars in Ukraine and elsewhere, supply chain bottlenecks, and natural disasters induced by climate change have caused what the United Nations has called “the greatest cost-of-living crisis in a generation". It's time to re-imagine our food.
31 Hereturikōkā August, Auckland
The Matter in Museums: Stories from the Stores
Chantal Knowles, Head of Human History at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, shares her journey and relates how encounters with objects in museums have shaped and transformed her approach to curation. This event is organised by the Auckland Museum Institute.
5 Mahuru September, New Plymouth
Tiny but Mighty – the role of pollen and palynology in the Geosciences
GSNZ President Kat Holt, Massey University, presents the 2022 President's Lecture. She will illustrate the key contributions palynology has made to our understanding of environmental change in Aotearoa-New Zealand, as well as exploring some exciting new avenues in pollen-based research. 
15 Mahuru September, Auckland
Led by Line: Inaugural lecture by Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh
In this lecture, Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh ONZM FRSNZ explores a praxis she calls ‘Led by Line’, a literary framing device that weaves together bloodlines, written lines, spoken lines and drawn lines to nourish and beautify decolonial spaces between storylines, bodylines and landlines.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Three marine ecologists sought

Cawthron Institute’s ecology services are in high demand, and as a result they are looking for three Marine Ecologists to join their Healthy Oceans Group. They are seeking mid to senior level scientists for each of the following teams: Contaminants & Water Quality, Restoration Ecology and Environment & Aquaculture Interactions.

Submission deadline: 25 Mahuru September.

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

30 Hereturikōkā August, Online
Protect our future: perspectives from the UN Oceans conference
Sally Paterson and Nigel Bradly attended this conference and will share what’s being done to protect the ocean’s future, and ours, on a global scale; and highlight what New Zealand is doing well, where we need to do better, and where the opportunities lie.  Session will be followed by Q&A.
30 Hereturikōkā August, Online
Hot topics in rehabilitation
The University of Otago, Wellington invites you to join this free online event, Hot Topics in Rehabilitation. This professional development opportunity presents the latest thinking on a range of important contemporary topics for anyone involved in providing rehabilitation services, support or research.

Ngā hui | Conferences

1-3 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Auckland
University of Auckland Field Club Centenary Reunion 
Calling all natural scientists who were members of the Auckland University Field Club during their student days. Celebrating 100 years since its formation, the weekend in Auckland will include tours and field trips.  

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