Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1194

Special issue on child health and wellbeing 

Part one of a special issue on the current and future state of child health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

As stated in the editorial: "Childhood and young adulthood are important stages of growing, learning and development. Yet, there are increasing pressures and challenges that children and young people face. These factors may adversely impact upon their health and wellbeing, and thereupon have long-lasting effects on our society as a whole.

"In order to highlight the pressures and challenges experienced by children and young people growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand, this special issueis the first of two volumes bringing together manuscripts focusing on aspects of health and welfare/wellbeing relevant to children and young people."

To make space for children and young people to have their voices heard, there is rangatahi Māori representation on the guest editorial team for this special issue, as well as inclusion of rangatahi Māori and other young people as authors of its constituent manuscripts. 

All articles will remain freely accessible until 31 August 2022.
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Vacancy at Royal Society Te Apārangi: Kaimanaaki Mātanga Rangahau / Hautaka | Executive Management Advisor

As a Kaimanaaki in the Expert Advice and Publishing team, you will be a solutions finder with common sense, an eye for detail, and natural ability to get the job done to a high standard with no fuss. You will have sound numerical and writing skills, and be a good communicator. You will provide pro-active management support to a wide variety of projects, including supporting the Director and Programme Managers and enabling them to undertake their roles effectively and efficiently. You will also support the wider team in being the best it can be. This is an exciting new role within a growing and aspirational team.

Application deadline: 1 Here-turi-kōkā August 2022 

See other advertised roles at the Society: 

New issues of New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics

A new issue of NZJGG has been published and includes articles on the history and development of the gravity network in New Zealand, the Ohuka landslide at Port Waikato, tungsten-tin mineralisation in Stewart Island and geomechanical characterisation of greywacke from the Wellington region. 

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum: Ideas for Aotearoa New Zealand's future

We warmly invite you to join us for a lunchtime webinar hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum, which will showcase the innovative bicultural and kaupapa Māori research being undertaken by ECRs from diverse disciplines.

This webinar will feature three presentations by ECRs who are working at the interface between mātauranga Māori and science to tackle some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most pressing environmental issues. The webinar will open with some reflections from Dr Karen Fisher on the need and opportunities for researchers to engage with multiple knowledges. There will be an opportunity at the end of the webinar for Q&A with our speakers.

When: 27 Hōngongoi July, 12 pm. Register now

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

He kāinga rangahau: Developing a framework for research that is just and equitable for indigenous peoples 

It may come as a shock for some to hear, but Māori who work in science are almost always working in an environment that is culturally unsafe for them.
Heni Unwin and Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu @Cawthron Institute

Explained: Why New Zealand will face heatwave similar to UK

It's a matter of when not if New Zealand will experience the same sweltering conditions described as "absolute hell" in parts of Britain.
Georgina Campbell @NZ Herald

Saving NZ's rarest orchid from extinction, scientists band together

Efforts are being made to bring a rare native orchid back from the brink of extinction. The swamp helmet orchid is the smallest and rarest of 22 'Corybas' species in New Zealand.
Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan @RNZ

We have international laws to stop plastic pollution from fishing vessels now. Why are we not enforcing them?

Ocean plastic pollution was a focus at the recent UN oceans conference, which issued a declaration in support of an earlier decision by the UN Environment Assembly to start negotiations for a global plastics treaty.
Karen Scott @The Conversation

The Future is Open: Intern report on Open Access publishing in Aotearoa

A new report from an intern at the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor explores policy development recommendations to help encourage open research in Aotearoa and start a conversation about the paywalls that sit between New Zealanders and the research they fund.  
Tom Saunders @OPMCSA

Ngā take o te wā Events

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Building Building Blocks for Data Science Ihaka Lecture Series: The genesis of experimentation

Dr Emi Tanaka introduces the “the grammar of experimental designs." This approach differs from standard methods, encouraging users to tailored designs to their needs.

25  Hōngongoi July, Christchurch and online
Science & Society: Keeping Our Borders Safe 

The research team will talk about their research with registered nurses who worked in the Managed Isolation and Quarantine Hotels. The talk will focus on the personal and social impacts on the nurses. Zoom link. 

30 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
'NZIFF Auckland première of 'Juliet Gerrard – Science in Dark Times

Science in Dark Times follows Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, Jacinda Ardern's Chief Science Advisor, through three years of dramatic crises, including the Whakaari White Island eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic.

31 Hereturikōkā August, Auckland
Café Scientifique: 5 objects, 5 museums

August's Café Scientifique speaker is Chantal Knowles, Head of Human History at Auckland Museum. She will discuss 5 objects in 5 museums over 4 countries and discuss the context of modern museology.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Cawthron Institute 2022-23 Summer Scholarships

The Cawthron Institute has an exciting opportunity for seven undergraduate tertiary students to work with Cawthron scientists over the 2022-23 summer. Students will undertake fieldwork, analysis, and learn what it means to work as a professional scientist. Each scholarship is accompanied by a $6,000 stipend.


  • New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
  • Undergraduate who has completed 1st year of study at the time of application.

Submission deadline: 15 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Cawthron Institute

The Climate Creatives Challenge

The Climate Creatives Challenge is a series of design competitions, the aim of which is to help support new and novel approaches for communicating the impacts of climate change and the benefits of mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. 

The question for Challenge #01?

How can we communicate the impacts of flooding (past, present or future) and the benefits of adaptation and resilience?

The challenge is open to people of all disciplines and creative backgrounds including designers, filmmakers, architects, programmers, engineers, musicians, sculptors, illustrators, storytellers, scientists, entrepreneurs, data visualisers, geographers, social scientists, environmentalists…

Submission deadline: 14 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: The Environmental Design Studio, UK

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Myrtle rust: how can we support our ngahere? A talk by Suliana Teasdale

This talk will show you how to identify the disease myrtle rust, discuss the role of myrtles in our landscapes and what we can all do to reduce the impact on our ngahere.

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Weaving Mātauranga Māori with western science for te Moana

This kōrero will explore examples of collaboration and celebration of Mātauranga Māori in recent research as we work towards becoming better kaitiaki of te Moana.

Ngā hui | Conferences

NZAIA 2022 Conference: Wellbeing, Sustainability and Impact Assessment: towards more integrated policy-making

To be consistent with wellbeing and sustainability thinking, policy- and plan-making require integrated approaches that recognise the potential impacts, both positive and negative, on related sectors and future generations. The NZAIA 2022 conference asks to what extent existing policy- and plan-making processes in New Zealand identify, and respond effectively to, the potential impacts of proposed initiatives. How might impact assessment methods help improve those processes? 

Organisation: New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment
When: 30 Whiringa-ā-rangi  November - 1  Hakihea December

NZPPS 2022 Symposium: Plant pathogens that keep us awake: past, present and future threats to native species
Unwanted plant pathogens threaten Aotearoa New Zealand’s treasured native plants and forests daily. This symposium will bring together leading scientists, kaitiaki, international experts and representatives from government agencies to discuss past, present and future pathogen threats to our native plant species.

Organisation: New Zealand Plant Protection Society
When: Monday 8 Hereturikōkā August, Ōtautahi Christchurch

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