Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1192

Special issue on longitudinal research 

Part one of a special issue on longitudinal research in Aotearoa New Zealand has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand and includes six papers that are free to view at the moment.

As the guest editors Jonathan Broadbent (Otago) and Amy Osborne (Canterbury) note in their editorial, Aotearoa New Zealand has a thriving longitudinal research community, as evidenced by the number of high-quality and seminal papers published in this Special Issue.

Three of these are reports from investigators with the Growing up in New Zealand Study, our largest longitudinal study of child development. Other papers are based on findings from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, the Christchurch Longitudinal Study, as well as the Moe Kura study, a study grounded in Kaupapa Māori methodology, reporting on sleep at the very beginning of life.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Society Fellow, Professor Rawinia Higgins appointed to Reserve Bank of NZ Board

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Te Herenga Waka Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board as part of the shift to strengthen the Bank’s decision-making and accountability.
@New Zealand Government

Plastic Free July: recycling is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. It’s time to teach children how to demand real change from the worst plastic producers

Sara Tolbert discusses how environmental education could be part of the solution to New Zealand's plastic problem at a systemic level.
Sara Tolbert @The Conversation

Analysis: It's time for New Zealand to face up to environmental damage from colonisation

The dramatic transformation of “wild untamed nature” into “productive land” by European settlers continues to be celebrated as a testament to Kiwi ingenuity, but this narrative could be partly responsible for New Zealanders’ apparent complacency on climate change.
Olli Hellmann @The Conversation

New Zealand's food wastage problem

In the midst of a cost of living crisis where families are struggling to put food on the table, we have tonnes of quality produce being discarded before it even reaches customers. The Detail pays a visit to the New Zealand Food Network's south Auckland warehouse.
Sharon Brettkelly @RNZ

Teaching climate hope, not despair

Bianca Woyak, winner of the Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize, says that focusing on solutions is critical when discussing climate change with students. Her students are currently campaigning for solar panels to be installed at their school, have planted 1500 native trees on school grounds, restored habitat for a local species of butterfly, and much more. 
Olivia Wannan @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 Hōngongoi July, Online
Fuels and Fire Ecology

The next seminar in Scion's Rural Fire Research Conference series will focus on New Zealand fire ecology, plant flammability, spontaneous combustion of forest slash at skid sites, satellite fuel mapping, and LiDAR fuel structure.

7 Hōngongoi July, Wellington & Online
Bore holes reveal new insights into sediment deposition in Wellington during the Late Pleistocene

In this seminar, Matt Ryan will present early data from deep cores retrieved from the Thorndon Basin, Te Aro Basin, and the Hutt Valley, and outline their geological histories.

13 Hōngongoi July, Online
Beyond Myrtle Rust: Finding and developing genetic resistance in forest trees

Dr Richard Sniezko will discuss how we might develop a successful programme for developing genetic resistence to Myrtle Rust in tree species in Aotearoa, as well as limitations to genetic resistance. 

11 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
Migration humanities and social justice. A seminar by Nancy Berlinger

This work-in-progress talk by Nancy Berlinger will explore migration humanities as a crucial contemporary discourse about pluralism and social justice, related to health humanities, spatial justice, and epistemic justice. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

NZJZ call for papers: Special issue: Animals in the microbial world - contemporary perspectives

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions with a focus on the diverse interactions of animals with the microbial world.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the guest editors Dr Manpreet K Dhami ( and Professor Mike Taylor ( The guest editors will make a decision on which manuscripts to invite for the Special Issue and authors will be notified by 2 Mahuru September 2022.

EOI Deadline: 12 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 

NZMSS First Overseas Conference Travel Fund

The First Overseas Conference Travel Fund was established by members of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society to help young researchers present their work at an overseas conference. 

The number and value of awards allocated following each of the two application deadlines will be at the discretion of the council, and dependent on available funds. 

Application deadline: 15 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: New Zealand Marine Sciences Society

Pacific Fund call for projects 2022

The second call for applications for the 2022 Pacific Fund has been extended. To be selected, projects will need to contribute to the regional insertion of French collectivities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna.

The following themes will be prioritised:

  • Fight against climate change and risk management for natural disasters
  • Economic and industrial projects (feasibility study, training actions, etc.)
  • Health security and food security (fight against endemic diseases, fishery managements, etc.)

Application deadline: 30 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Embassy of France in Wellington

Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022

The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, addressing existing cancer and health inequities. We value applications that include kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori. 

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be of Māori descent
  • Be resident in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Have academic supervision which includes at least one Māori supervisor. Those unable to identify a Māori supervisor are encouraged to get in touch prior to applying.
  • Intend to enrol or already be enrolled in a Research Masters or PhD. Those who have not yet enrolled for their proposed course of study but are intending to do so may apply for this scholarship. In this case any award will be conditional on the applicant’s successful enrolment in either a Research Masters or PhD at a New Zealand Wānanga or University.
Application Deadline: 26 Hereturikōkā August
Organisation: Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (The Cancer Society of New Zealand)

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