Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1144

Farewell to Royal Society Te Apārangi President Wendy Larner

He wahine ngākau mahaki, he wahine toa, a strong hearted woman, a woman with integrity.

Royal Society Te Apārangi President Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ was honoured at an event in Te Whanganui-a-Tara on Monday evening, where her portrait by artist Marianne Muggeridge was unveiled. It is tradition at the Society to hang portraits of past presidents within our whare, remembering and honouring their contributions. See photos from the event.

Wendy finishes her term as President on 30 June 2021. Over the last three years, Wendy has focused on how we as an organisation and as a research sector can better support equity and diversity in all its forms, on how we can better incorporate and support mātauranga Māori and Māori researchers and thirdly, how we can better support early to mid-career researchers.

Under her outstanding leadership, the Society has widened its focus across its various programmes to better support and represent the diversity of the research community in Aotearoa and has also launched campaigns to amplify and illuminate underrepresented voices.

We say farewell to Wendy with gratitude and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

We also say farewell and mihi maioha to three other wāhine toa from the Royal Society Te Apārangi Council who also conclude their terms on 30 June: Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles MRSNZ, Associate Professor Melinda Webber MRSNZ and Dr Moana Theodore MRSNZ.

"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.
My success is not mine alone, it is the success of the collective."
See photos from the event

Recipients of the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships have been announced

30 early career researchers have been awarded MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships that will allow them to continue their research careers. The fellowships are supported by the New Zealand Government with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ, President of Royal Society Te Apārangi and a member of the selection panel, says the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships were set up as a one-off opportunity to help support early career researchers that may otherwise have had to leave the research workforce due to the pandemic. 

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New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand announced

Professor Richard McDowell FRSNZ has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Richard is a Principal Scientist at AgResearch and a Professor at Lincoln University who specialises in land and water resources.

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JRSNZ special issue final call for papers: Evolutionary Biogeography of Aotearoa New Zealand

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on evolutionary approaches to understanding the biogeography of Aotearoa. Submissions are welcome on a range of research on any topic in New Zealand evolutionary biogeography. Submissions close 30 June.

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Final call for special issue papers: Child health and wellbeing

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a primary focus on the health and wellbeing of the tamariki children and rangatahi young people of Aotearoa New Zealand. The call for papers focuses on practitioners and researchers working directly in the fields of child and youth health, growth, development, physical and mental wellbeing and disability.

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Meet Aria Graham, an Early Career Researcher

Dr Aria Graham (Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Pōrou, Samoan) is a registered nurse, a mother to two sons, and a researcher at Whakauae Research Services who focuses on Māori health and development. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for māmā and tamariki by listening to whānau and working within the community. This led to her developing Mamia - a marae-based, culturally-grounded centre that aims to support the wellbeing of young Māori mothers.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Ancestral geographies enable a more vibrant intellectual field, which not only tells us who we were or are, but who we can be, and makes us consider our vision for ourselves as individuals and as collectives." 

Dr Naomi Simmonds (Raukawa, Ngāti Huri) is a mother of two and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Indigenous Graduate Studies, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is engaged in several Kaupapa Māori projects on whānau wellbeing, decolonising emotions, mana wahine, land-based learning and tribal environmental management. She is currently completing her Marsden Fund Fast Start Research, retracing the journey of her ancestor Māhinaarangi. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Continent of Zealandia older than previously thought, Marden Fund study finds
Tiny mineral grains taken from granite rocks collected in Fiordland and Stewart Island have led to a potential breakthrough in ancient continental reconstructions.
@GNS Science
Government to establish 18 new marine protection areas, restrict trawling in Hauraki Gulf
The Government has announced the establishment of 18 new marine protection areas in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf in a raft of changes for the waterway. 
Economy could rev up as we cut carbon
There’s too much emphasis on what our carbon-cutting journey will cost and not enough on what we’ll gain, including longer, healthier lives, says a group of University of Otago researchers.
Olivia Wannan @Stuff
Opihi College students clean up two South Canterbury beaches
Year seven and eight students were put into small groups and tasked to carry out an action that would have a positive impact on the water environments in their area.
Yashas Srinivasa @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 July, Auckland 
What is Matariki anyway?
In this talk, Dr Dan Hikuroa will discuss Matariki - its purpose and role in customary and contemporary society, about how it is situated within the Maramataka - the Māori stellar-lunar-ecological calendar, all of which are part of Mātauranga Māori - Māori knowledge, culture, values and worldview.
12 July, Dunedin
The heart of a woman
As part of the New Zealand International Science Festival, world-leading researchers in heart health will discuss how cardiovascular health is studied, exploring Aotearoa New Zealand's leadership in cardiovascular science and research, while also hearing from patients and sharing solutions to ensure healthy hearts for all.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is a national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale in Berlin. 

Falling Walls provides an opportunity to share your mahi, network and move your research onto the global stage all inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: which walls will fall next?

Closing date: 1 July 
Organisation: Falling Walls and Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Share your insights about the Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean Task Force is soliciting your input as it develops the Southern Ocean Action Plan. Whether you are an early career professional or have an extensive background in polar activities, or you represent an institute, programme or initiative, your insights into how Southern Ocean science should evolve over the coming years to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals will provide valuable information to develop an inclusive Action Plan. 

Closing date: 25 June
Organisation: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Annual NZ Engineering Science Competition

This fun and challenging day-long competition is targeted at teams of three to four senior students, who have interests in mathematics and science.

The 2021 competition will run on Saturday 7 August. The problem is revealed at 10am in the morning and students work in their teams to provide a solution by 6pm that day. First prize is $6,000 plus there are two runner-up prizes.

Closing date:  31 July
Organisation: University of Auckland
Learn how to become an effective science communicator for tamariki

A new course 'Geoscience communication with primary and intermediate schools' led by geoscientist Julian Thomson aims to teach scientists how to become a more effective communicator in schools. 

Closing date: Discounted rate available until 30 June
Organisation: The Geological Society
Apply for the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) programme for 2022

The German Bundestag invites suitable candidates to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 3-month work placement.

Closing date: 31 July
Organisation: German Embassy Wellington

Ngā hui Conferences

1 July, Wellington
Gender equity in health
Join in the conversation on improving gender equity in the health and care workforce. Hear from a panel of inspiring women leaders in New Zealand and Pacific health to share combined knowledge and experience, and voice your ideas in an interactive session.
1 July, Auckland
2021 NZ symposium on law and technology
This symposium, organised by the Law Foundation - supported TeLENZ Initiative (Technology in Legal Education for New Zealand), is aimed at participants who have a strong interest in law and technology and will explore opportunities and challenges raised by internet and communication technologies.
8-9 July, Dunedin
AWIS2021 – Embracing diversity

The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) triennial conference provides an opportunity for women working in or supporting the sciences to develop their skills to support their professional advancement, and opportunities to learn from and network with other women working in the sciences.

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

24 June (EDT), Online
Innovations in measuring hard-to-count populations
This webinar, as part of the UN World Data Forum series, will bring together various speakers to share experiences in using innovative methods to capture hard-to-count populations, and showcase successful partnerships between governments, civil society and international organisations to capture these population groups.

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