Prominent Social Scientist to become president of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Professor Wendy Larner FRNZ, current provost at Victoria University of Wellington, has been elected president of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. She will take up her position on the 1st of July 2018 and is the second woman to hold the Council of the Royal Society’s presidency, taking over from Richard Bedford QSO FRNZ.   Read more

Social Scientists shine at New Zealand Research Honours

New Zealand’s social scientists have had their hard work recognised at the New Zealand Research Honours held last week. Notable researchers include Professor Tracy McIntosh (University of Auckland) who won the Te Rangi Hiroa medal for her work in our understanding of enduring social injustices that undermine Māori wellbeing and inhibit social cohesion and meaningful cultural diversity in Aotearoa, Professor… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Gods and Kaupapa Māori Research by G. Cooper

In Critical Conversations in Kaupapa Māori Western Academic institutions are marked by a distinction between the sacred and secular. However, Lewis Gordon demonstrates that the distinction between the sacred and the secular is tenuous. In Disciplinary Decadence (2006) Gordon argues that theology and the scriptures remain “grammatical” to modernity (p.37); that is the need to believe in something… Read more

Findings from the Women in the Workplace study released

Women in the Workplace 2017 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. This research is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give organizations the information they need to promote women’s leadership and foster gender equality. This year 222 companies employing more than 12 million people shared their pipeline data and completed a survey of… Read more

Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 passed this week

he Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell, will today introduce a landmark bill to the NSW Parliament. The Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 – the first of its kind in Australia – officially acknowledges the importance of language to Aboriginal culture and establishes a new independent body, governed by Aboriginal people, to facilitate and support activities to reawaken, nurture and grow Aboriginal… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Examining the predictors of academic outcomes for indigenous Māori, Pacific and rural students admitted into medicine via two equity pathways: a retrospective observational study at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand by Curtis, Wikaire, Jiang, McMillan, Loto, Poole, Barrow, Bagg, and Reid

To determine associations between admission markers of socioeconomic status, transitioning, bridging programme attendance and prior academic preparation on academic outcomes for indigenous Māori, Pacific and rural students admitted into medicine under access pathways designed to widen participation. Findings were compared with students admitted via the general (usual) admission pathway. Read the full… Read more

MBIE Catalyst fund now open

Catalyst: Strategic is now open for joint research partnerships between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. MBIE is seeking proposals for research collaborations between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea in the areas of ICT and Digital Technologies, Biotechnology, and Health Technologies. Up to $450,000 (excluding GST) over 3 years is available for three research projects, one in each of the specified areas,… Read more

Statistics New Zealand: Fewer children injured in motor vehicles, more by falls

Fewer children were seriously injured in motor-vehicle traffic crashes in 2014 than in 2004, Stats NZ said today. Provisional data released today shows the rate for children (those aged under 15 years) seriously injured in motor-vehicle traffic crashes was 13.2 per 100,000 children in 2014, compared with 15.8 per 100,000 children in 2004. Serious injuries are fatalities and near-fatal injuries. However, over… Read more

MBIE announces 2018 Endeavour Fund

The Endeavour Fund invests in excellent research that has high potential to positively transform New Zealand’s future economic performance, sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society, and give effect to Vision Mātauranga [PDF 360KB]. Access the documents for Smart Ideas and Research Programmes here.   Read more