Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1195

Haere rā to the good Doctor.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was clapped out of his last ever Covid-19 press conference by Ministry of Health staff yesterday. Today, Royal Society Te Apārangi joins the nation-wide chorus of applause and appreciation for our outgoing Director-General of Health. 

While working tirelessly on New Zealand’s pandemic response just a few hundred metres away from Te Whare Apārangi, Dr Bloomfield found time to support and kōrero with many of our Society whānau, presidents, kaimahi, early and mid career researchers, fellows and tauira across the motu at many of our events and programmes. 

Dr Boomfield, mā te wā bye for now. Kia ora rawa atu many thanks.

Ko te kai a te rangatira, he kōrero.
Ko te tohu o te rangatira, he manaaki.

What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge and communication.
The symbol of leadership is caring for people.

Read more
New Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand: Floating Families? A new book supported by the Marsden Fund 

There is a well-known Chinese saying: "The elderly are the jewel at the heart of the household." For Chinese families who emigrate to Aotearoa, the question of when and how grandparents can join them is a pressing concern. It is also a key focus of a new book co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Liangni Sally Liu (Massey) and her former PhD student Dr Guanyu Jason Ran, who is now a Lecturer at Waikato Institute of Technology.

This new publication pulls together three years of research on what the authors refer to as New Zealand’s neoliberal immigration policy, and its impact on new Chinese immigrant families. The research was funded by Dr Liu's 2016 Marsden Fund grant.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Dr Matire Harwood awarded medal for dedication to hauora Māori

Dr Matire Harwood (Ngā Puhi), a GP at Papakura Marae Health Clinic and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland has been awarded a Community Service Medal at the 2022 Conference for General Practice. Dr Harwood was awarded Te Tohu Rapuora Award at Research Honours Aotearoa in 2019. 
@Waatea News

Māori data specialists not consulted on facial recognition technology - data sovereignty expert

Māori data specialists are accusing the government of ignoring them while going ahead and expanding the reach of facial recognition technology to the Ministry of Social Development.
Phil Pennington @RNZ

New Zealand’s ‘tobacco endgame’ law will be a world first – here’s what the modelling shows us

Tony Blakely, Andrew Waa (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) and Driss Ait Ouakrim forecast the likely health gains from public interventions, and how much they might reduce inequities in health. When they examined the potential of the government’s tobacco endgame strategy, the forecasts were breathtaking.
@The Conversation

Monkeypox: A global health emergency -  Expert Q&A

The World Health Organisation has declared monkeypox a global public health emergency, but says the outbreak can be stopped. The Science Media Centre asked a zoonotic disease expert for the latest on monkeypox, and how we should be thinking about this disease in the context of Aotearoa. 
@Science Media Centre

Ngā take o te wā Events

19 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington
Changing History: The history of curriculum change
This panel discussion on the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum will be presented by Leah Bell, co-signatory to the petition to commemorate the New Zealand Wars, and Gregor Fountain, formerly Principal of Wellington College. 
3 Hereturikōkā August, Christchurch
Hard to swallow - retraining the brain
The inability to swallow is often unseen but it is a common side effect of a range of medical conditions. Distinguished Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee (University of Canterbury) will take you on the remarkable journey of this seemingly simple task, from infant swallowing to adult; and then from impairment to recovery.
3 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington
Morally questionable decisions by groups: guilt sharing and its underlying motives
This seminar by Eberhard Feess will explore how guilt sharing functions as a driver of voting behaviour, and how a preference for group consensus underlies guilt sharing tendancies. 
24 Hereturikōkā August, Otago 
The Shear Zones that Hold Back the Icesheets
Geoscience Society of New Zealand Otago Branch presents the 2022 Hochstetter lecture from David Prior, which will showcase the lateral thinking behind interdisciplinary research using geophysical and geological methods to study the physics of ice.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Catalyst: Leaders - Hōngongoi July 2022 open call

On behalf of MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the July 2022 Call for Catalyst: Leaders. 

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means. For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Leaders Guidelines. 

Closing Date: 20 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022

Catalyst: Seeding -  Hōngongoi July 2022 open call

On behalf of the MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the July 2022 Call for Catalyst: Seeding. 

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through Catalyst: Strategic over time. For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Seeding Guidelines.

Closing Date: 20 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022

Women in Engineering Network: Free Outreach Programmes for Schools

The Women in Engineering Network offers free intermediate and high school visits (or online sessions) to inform students about engineering and provide fun hands-on activities aligned with the maths and science curriculum!

We can take requests from schools all over Aotearoa from now through to early Term 4. 

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

29 Hōngongoi July, Online
Department of Medicine seminar series: Biostatistics and diet 
The influence of lifestyle behaviours (such as diet) on health is a fascinating and progressive area of research. In this forum, Dr Jill Haszard (University of Otago) will show that taking time to understand what the numbers mean can have a big impact on conclusions drawn from this type of research. 
3 Hereturikōkā August 2022, Wellington & Online
Public History Talk: The Working Women's Charter of 1980
A panel of authors from the book Women Will Rise will trace the earlier working women's charters in New Zealand, and the work and organising done by trade union women and their supporters to achieve the Working Women's Charter of 1980. 
3 Hereturikōkā August, Online
What has COVID taught us about sustainability? 
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down but also provided us with new ways of living. In this symposium, a panel of experts from the University of Otago will discuss the impact COVID has had on everything from transport to food security and energy use.
11 Hereturikōkā August, Online
He whetū ki te rangi, he waka ki te moana: Māori voyaging and navigation knowledge
This webinar will be in te reo Māori. Join the Science Learning Hub as Senior Lecturer Dr Haki Tuaupiki (University of Waikato) shares knowledge about indigenous voyaging and navigation, and how this relates to a range of science concepts. 

Ngā hui | Conferences

6 - 8 Hakihea December, Auckland
SAANZ 2022 Conference: Now What? Reimagining hope, ‘truth’ and equality

The Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand conference theme for 2022 calls on participants to consider Now What? for the imagined and enacted praxes of hope, ‘truth’ and equality – now and in the immediate future. Now What? for contemporary and future-facing Sociology(ies). And Now What? for the next crises – material, physical, social, digital, etc – that lie just over the horizon and are yet to capture the public’s imagination, let alone threshold sociological interest. Early bird registrations are open now!

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

Royal Society Te Apārangi supports New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Our varied programmes provide support and opportunities for researchers, teachers and school students, together with those who are simply curious about the world. To learn more visit
Royal Society Te Apārangi
11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon,
Wellington 6011
Aotearoa New Zealand.

Contact us
+64 4 472 7421 

Follow us         
Copyright © Royal Society Te Apārangi