Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1053

Living by the stars with Professor Rangi Matamua:
Matariki web series

As Matariki rises, Professor Rangi Matamua presents the 'Living by the stars Matariki webisodes' that explore different aspects of Matariki, the most sacred star of the year.
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Fertility woes: top 10 priorities for future research

A large international consultation, partially supported by a Catalyst: Seeding grant and co-lead by Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellow Professor Cindy Farquhar, has identified the top 10 priorities for future infertility research in four key areas.

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Threats on all sides: effective ecosanctuaries require diverse methods

An article in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand reviews the origins, types, attributes and outcomes of different ecosanctuaries in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Baby food pouches come under the spotlight
Could baby food pouches be setting our babies up for future problems with obesity and dental cavities? This project by Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath is among 53 research projects to have received $60.3 million from the HRC this week.
@Health Research Council of New Zealand
More than 800 Māori place names officially recognised
The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has made 824 Māori place names official, including macrons on about 300 names which are necessary for ensuring the correct meaning and pronunciation. 
How climate change is driving bigger NZ deluges
An increase in large rainfall events is being driven by climate change. These rain events have the potential to damage homes and trigger landslides.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Taupō 'super eruption' would bury most of the North Island in 1m of ash
Researchers simulate different scenarios of ashfall in the extremely unlikely event that Taupō had another super eruption. 
Michael Daly @Stuff
Indium - Queen of the touchscreen
The periodic element indium is to thank for the touch screen on your phone. Professor Allan Blackman from AUT sits down to talk about the uses, properties and history of indium.
Allison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World 
'Boaty McBoatface' maps deep ocean water 
Insights from the submarine Boaty McBoatface show that currents in the oceans around Antarctica are warming. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

29 June, Auckland.
Manu Aute Kite Day 
This event honours and celebrates the universal tradition of kite flying which symbolically connects heaven and earth.
9 July, Wellington.
The give and take of biodiversity: mass extinctions
Associate Professor Mike Hannah will explore mass extinction events, which have forever changed the course of life on Earth and ask questions like: how many mass extinctions have there been? And are we living through one today?
28 June, Wellington.
Pacific histories 
Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, University of Auckland, will give the annual Founder Lecture for the Turnbull Library. He will speak about Indigenous Pacific histories in this year of Tuia Encounters 250.
11 August, Wellington.
TEDxWellington 2019
TEDxWellington has always been an opportunity to experience something different, share ideas and enjoy all the creativity the capital has to offer. This year the theme for the Wellington talk is 'chance'

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

ANZCCART Essay Competition 2019 
This essay competition seeks to inspire tertiary students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use.

Organisation: University of Otago, Bioethics Centre, ANZCCART, Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Closing date: 14 October.
Catalyst: Leaders 
Supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 18 July.
Catalyst: Seeding 
Facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through Catalyst: Strategic over time.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 18 July.

Ngā hui Conferences

27-30 November / Wellington
Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi: Histories for our Time
The New Zealand Historical Association is holding a conference surrounding face to face communication and how such moments have made history.
23-26 September / Hamilton
31st annual WasteMINZ Conference
This conference will look at different topics surrounding waste in New Zealand, including contaminated land, waste management and communication of the issue.

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