Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1223

Researchers and scholars at the top of their fields elected as Ngā Ahurei Fellows

Thirty-four new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows and Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi Honorary Fellows have been elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology or the humanities. They are world leaders in their area of research and scholarship.

Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises distinction in research, scholarship or the advancement of knowledge at the highest international standards. Fellows can use the post-nominal ‘FRSNZ’ after their name to indicate this honour.

Professor Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ, Chair of the Academy Executive Committee, said it was impressive to see the strength of Aotearoa New Zealand’s research communities in the cohort of new Fellows.

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New publishing partnership

Royal Society Te Apārangi is pleased to announce a new publishing partnership with the New Zealand Society of Animal Production. Under this new agreement, a recurring special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research will be published annually and will include submissions from the New Zealand Society of Animal Production Annual Conference. These submissions will undergo the usual NZJAR peer review process and authors may publish open access at no cost to their research budget. Abstracts can be submitted now for the 2023 Annual New Zealand Society of Animal Production Conference.

Please note: Alert will not be published next week due to staff leave. The next issue of the newsletter will be Thursday 30 Maehe March. Send submissions to

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New tech could offer air-powered energy source

Scientists have discovered a tool bacteria use to extract energy from hydrogen in the air, and say it could pave the way for clean electricity generation. New Zealand and Australian scientists working on the project supported by the Marsden Fundhavehad their work published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature.University of Otago Distinguished Professor Greg Cook FRSNZ was part of the study, and told Morning Report that it had been known for some time bacteria in the soil were able to get energy from hydrogen in the air, but not how they did it.
Morning Report @RNZ

New Zealand’s childcare is among the most expensive in the world. But tax rebates are not the answer

The National Party is promising rebates for childcare. But similar policies have been discarded overseas for failing to effectively reduce the cost of childcare. Is it time for a rethink?
Aisling Gallagher @The Conversation

ESR’s Lumi™ Drug Scan wins major international award
Lumi™ Drug Scan, the pioneering New Zealand science that lets police immediately identify methamphetamine-like substances using their mobile phone, has won the prestigious Excellence in Forensic Science Award at the World Police Summit.

Food waste: how messaging can help us clean up our act

A recent study explores effective ways to influence people's intentions and behaviours to reduce household food waste.  researcher Mary Khalil and her co-authors found that messages that detail what a person or society can gain, as opposed to lose from reducing food waste generate greater hope and therefore increase people's intentions and behaviours to reduce food waste.
@University of Auckland

Thousands of striking teachers 'desperate for change', want better pay and more resources

Classrooms and schools across Aotearoa were largely empty on Thursday as 50,000 secondary, primary and kindergarten teachers took to the streets to demand better pay and conditions.

Rural healthcare and climate change – Expert Reaction

Vulnerabilities in rural healthcare services were exposed when Cyclone Gabrielle tore through the North Island last month. In the aftermath of the storm, reports have come through of a pregnant woman facing a three-hour drive to a birthing unit due to highway closures, Rotorua mental health professionals fundraising to revisit flood victims, and pharmacists calling for a prescription fee waiver to be extended to help ease the financial burden on affected communities. The SMC asked experts to comment on how rural health services will fare in a warming world.

Ngā take o te wā Events

21 Maehe March, Palmerston North
Is the IPCC past its use-by date?

Ralph Sims is Emeritus Professor of Renewable Energy and founder of the Centre for Energy Research at Massey University. He has had close involvement with six IPCC reports since 1992. He asks: why have few people, businesses, governments, etc., taken any notice of the science in IPCC reports? Should the IPCC continue to give out the same old messages based on the science – or should we give up on this scientific assessment process and leave it to the survival of the fittest?

28 Maehe March, Hawke's Bay
Genes, enzymes and therapeutics: bio-inspired science

Professor Emily Parker FRSNZ, a Principal Investigator and on the management committee of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, will introduce her current projects including developing new antibacterial drugs and developing efficient biomanufacturing processes for synthesising complex natural products.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ South Georgia 2023

The Antarctic Heritage Trust are seeking 22 Kiwis aged 18-30 to join them on their Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ from 28 September – 17 October 2023.

  • Do you have a strong curiosity to go out and explore the world and share your stories with others?
  • Do you want to get out of your comfort zone on an expedition to one of the world’s most incredible islands?
  • Are you interested in learning about polar history, the environment, climate change, science and wildlife?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership and positive risk taking skills in a supportive environment?
  • Do you have special skills so you can share your experience with other young people in New Zealand and around the world?
  • Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident aged between 18-30 years?
If this sounds like you, apply by 19 March 2023.

Ngā hui | Conferences

9-12 Mei May, Whangārei
Kaurilands Summit 2023

The Kaurilands Summit is an annual event that aims to connect everyone working and volunteering in the areas of kauri ora and myrtle ora. Kōrero will focus on the effects and mitigation of plant pathogens Phytophthora agathidicida (which causes kauri dieback) and Austropuccinia psidii (which causes myrtle rust).
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25-28  Hūrae July, Ōtautahi Christchurch
New Zealand – Australia Antarctic Science Conference 2023

Antarctica New Zealand and the Australian Antarctic Division are excited to announce the New Zealand – Australia Antarctic Science Conference 2023To promote connection and collaboration, Antarctica New Zealand are teaming up with the Australian Antarctic Division to host a fantastic week that celebrates the full spectrum of Antarctic research. Abstracts are now open! To find the list of session themes and the submission portal, head to the conference website.

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