Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1087

Charlotte Macdonald elected Chair of Academy Executive Committee

Professor Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ has been elected as Chair of Royal Society Te Apārangi's Academy Executive Committee for a three year term commencing 1 July 2020. Charlotte is Professor of History at Victoria University of Wellington. She will replace Professor Richard Blaikie FRSNZ.  

The Society is also calling for nominations for two positions on the Society’s Council:
  • Councillor elected by Branches
  • Councillor elected by Constituent Organisations
Nominations for both positions close 30 April. Please contact Dr Marc Rands, Academy Executive Officer, with any queries.
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Meet Carlos Smith-Diaz, a Talented School Student alum

Carlos first became acquainted with Royal Society Te Apārangi when he was selected for Youth ANZAAS back in 2012. He was admitted to the bar two years ago and was working as a lawyer but has since had a change of heart and is now enjoying science research.


Launch of home learning and Māori TV education programmes 

As of yesterday, Papa Kāinga (Home Learning) TV and Māori Television have begun education programme broadcasting for early learners and students, from 9am to 3pm on schooldays, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Home Learning TV will feature on TVNZ, providing teacher-led lessons for 5 to 15-year-olds. Māori Television te reo content will focus on learning at home for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau, aged between 0 to 18 who are in kōhanga reo, puna reo, kura tuatahi and wharekura. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Relying on other countries for coronavirus vaccine 'wrong approach', top scientists say
Three top scientists are calling for a national Covid-19 vaccine programme to ensure New Zealanders can access an effective vaccine as soon as it's developed.
Katarina Williams @Stuff
Practise your te reo Māori
Join Leonie Hayden as she works through the first four weeks of Scotty Morrison’s Māori Made Easy during the nationwide lockdown. 
@The Spinoff
Aotearoa's native birds thrive under Covid-19 lockdown
New Zealand birds are loving this lockdown, no longer having to compete with cars, buses, trains, planes or people.
Katie Doyle @RNZ
Small sea-level rises to drive more intense flooding, say scientists
NIWA researchers describe how small increases in sea level rise are likely to drive huge increases in the frequency of coastal flooding in the next 20–30 years.
Dr Scott Stephens @NIWA
Slow-slip earthquake studies reveal effect of undersea volcanoes
Rocks from beneath the sea floor and ancient under-sea volcanoes are providing fresh clues about what could trigger and even muffle potentially large earthquakes.
Tracy Neal @RNZ
'Extremely rare' bird photographed in Wellington during lockdown silence
Photographer Holly Neill managed to capture an extremely rare bird - the white tauhou (waxeye) - while on her daily lockdown walk in Wellington.
Amber-Leigh Woolf @Stuff
Sir John Kirwan app to receive Government mental health funding
The All Blacks legend developed the app 'Mentemia' to give users practical tips to help them take control of their mental wellbeing. It will now receive Government funding to enable Kiwis to get through the challenges thrown up by Covid-19.
Katarina Williams @Stuff
New online lecture series about the Pacific, for the Pacific
The Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at the University of Auckland is wanting to engage Pacific high school students during the national lockdown with an online series of lecture videos about Oceania.
Sela Jane Hopgood @RNZ

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Register for free online courses in te reo Māori and tikanga Māori
Toro Mai offers two introductory online courses where audiences can deepen their understanding of Māori knowledge by exploring Māori narratives, learning te reo at home and in everyday situations.

Organisation: Massey University
Science at home with the Cawthron Institute
Cawthron has developed a new webisode series in response to the national Covid-19 lockdown. Over the next few weeks they will be posting videos with science-themed activities that kids can complete at home or in their backyard with a bit of adult assistance. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels for new videos. 

Organisation: Cawthron Institute
Job opportunity with the World Climate Research Programme
The WCRP facilitates analysis and prediction of Earth system change for use in a range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. Applications are now open for the position of programme head, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Closing date: 11 May
Organisation: WCRP

Wānanga ipurangi Webinars

April 20
Schools webinar: Supporting the wellbeing of teachers, students and parents
Clinical Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn will discuss the research behind the importance of supporting the wellbeing of teachers, students and parents during this period of school closures as well as practical strategies to support wellbeing and mental health.
April 24
All Hands on Deck! Citizen Science and Serious Games Tackle Covid-19
Law and Policy Working Group invite you to take part in their second COVID Webinar. Speakers will explore citizen science and gamification in relation to Covid-19.

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