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Scholarship established following “Hidden Figures” gala screening

Scholarship established following “Hidden Figures” gala screening

A fundraising campaign and gala screening of the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures has raised $13,500 to help establish a scholarship for women to study physical sciences, maths or engineering in 2018.

Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Executive Manager Kate Hannah, Deputy Director Dr Siouxsie Wiles and University of Auckland Associate Professor Nicola Gaston from the Department of Physics organised the fundraising campaign to raise the profile of Māori and Pacific female scientists and students.

Listen to an interview with Kate Hannah on Radio Zealand’s Morning Report:

In addition to funds raised through the Givealittle campaign, five New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence provided financial contributions toward the scholarship: Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, the Maurice Wilkins Centre, and Brain Research New Zealand. The University of Auckland Department of Physics also contributed.

The scholarship will be administered by the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS).

20th Century Fox, EVENT Cinemas, SOHO Wines and L’Oreal New Zealand provided valued assistance and promotional material for the gala screening of Hidden Figures.

Donate to an ongoing scholarship fund to support women in New Zealand science.

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Analytics to improve health delivery systems

Analytics to improve health delivery systems

Te Pūnaha Matatini Associate Investigator Dr Michael O’Sullivan discusses analytics to improve health delivery systems.

Michael researches a combination of Operations Research and Analytics and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Engineering Science and the Precise, and Timely Healthcare Theme Leader at the Precision Driven Health Research Partnership. The latter is a data science research initiative that features collaborations between the University of Auckland and partners in the public, corporate and healthcare sectors.

This presentation was recorded at an Orion Health Seminar on 6th December, 2016.

Reception for Women in Mathematics and their Supporters at NZ Mathematics Colloquium

Reception for Women in Mathematics and their Supporters at NZ Mathematics Colloquium

After the AGM for the New Zealand Mathematical Society on Monday 5th of December, there will be a reception for women in mathematics and their supporters. Everyone is welcome. The reception is sponsored by Te Pūnaha Matatini and will be chaired by Principal Investigator Dion O’Neale.

The event theme is: Being an ally: what we can all do to improve equity.

Abstract: Advocating for improved equity is a task that often falls to members of under-represented groups. This is problematic for a number of reasons; not least because it means that some of the voices that most need to be heard are least numerous and are, perhaps, undermined by perceptions of self-interest.

This event will begin with some background on what it means to be an ally, the benefits it can bring, and some of the potential pitfalls that can be associated with it. Over drinks, we will discuss the things that we can all do as individuals, both at work and at home, in order to improve equity in our departments and the New Zealand mathematical sciences community.

This event comes with a code of conduct: see http://nzmathsoc.org.nz/downloads/miscellaneous/CodeOfConduct-NZMC-WiM.pdf?t=1479095141.

SciGlow at Silo Park: the art of bioluminescent bacteria

SciGlow at Silo Park: the art of bioluminescent bacteria

Be wowed by the eerie glow of bioluminescent bacteria as art and science unite for SciGlow at Silo Park Auckland, 3-4 December.

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles has teamed up with artists, schoolchildren and bioluminescent bugs to create the unique bacterial paintings in giant petri dishes. View intriguing artworks by professional artists or try your own hand at creating a living, glowing masterpiece.

Proudly sponsored by the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, Te Pūnaha Matatini and the University of Auckland.

Dates: December 3-4
Time: 11am-6pm
Where:  Silo Park, Auckland
Cost: Free

The New Zealand Polymath: Colenso and his contemporaries

The New Zealand Polymath: Colenso and his contemporaries

November 16 & 17, Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Executive Manager Kate Hannah and Principal Investigator Dr Dion O’Neale are presenting at a conference on William Colenso and his contemporaries.

What: The New Zealand Polymath – Colenso and his contemporaries
When: Conference runs from 16-18 November
Where: National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington

Opening address: Dabbling Dilettantes and Renaissance Men: colonial polymaths and New Zealand’s science culture.
During the opening session, Kate will present “Dabbling Dilettantes and Renaissance Men: colonial polymaths and New Zealand’s science culture.” The presentation will explore the hero narratives regarding the network of polymath-scholars who established the institutions of New Zealand’s scientific culture. Such narratives permeate New Zealand’s history and contemporary public discourse, but actively exclude the impact of those participants who are exceptions to the hero narrative, rendering them invisible.

The lecture is free and open to the public. More details>

Panel discussion: Colonial polymaths and New Zealand’s science culture
Following the address, Kate will chair a panel discussion that will problematize the impact of centering national identity within a group of ‘Renaissance men’, exploring those whose scholarly contributions are framed as dabbling distractions, and those others whose labour enabled the expansion and sharing of knowledge that typified colonial New Zealand.

The panellists are:

  • Nicola Gaston, University of Auckland
  • Angela Middleton, University of Otago
  • Linda Tyler, University of Auckland
  • Daniel Hikuroa, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland

Presentation: Colenso’s correspondence network
Thursday 17 November Dion and Kate present on Colenso’s correspondence network.

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Healthcare Analytics Workshop

Healthcare Analytics Workshop

Te Pūnaha Matatini is sponsoring a Health Analytics Workshop following the 2016 Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference.

What: Health Analytics Workshop following the Joint NZSA+ORSNZ Conference
When: Thursday 1 December, 2016 (full day)
Where: AUT City Campus
Registration: Workshop participants, including those not attending the conference, can register for the workshop on the conference registration page.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together practitioners and researchers in healthcare analytics. People with problems meeting people with solutions!  Practitioners – please bring along your current “pain point(s)”.  Researchers – please talk about your success stories with the health sector! We look forward to an exciting, productive workshop.  If you have any questions please contact Principal Investigators Ilze Ziedins (i.ziedins@auckland.ac.nz) or Mike O’Sullivan (michael.osullivan@auckland.ac.nz), or Associate Investigator Cameron Walker (cameron.walker@auckland.ac.nz).


  • 10-11:20 Researcher Presentations
  • 11:20-11:40 Morning tea
  • 11:40-1 Industry Presentations
  • 1-2:30 lunch
  • 2:30-4 Facilitated Networking Session
  • 4-5 Drinks


  • If you wish to give a presentation please contact Ilze Ziedins.
  • Workshop organisers will post titles of presentations closer to the event at the conference website, along with information about the facilitated networking session.
Māori Knowledge & Development Panel Forum

Māori Knowledge & Development Panel Forum

He aha te kai a te rangatira? He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero. Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai!
You are warmly invited to attend a PBRF forum focused on the Māori Knowledge & Development Panel led by Professor Margaret Mutu and Dr Aroha Harris.

The forum is:

  • Aimed at clarifying MK&D panel criteria
  • Offering guidance, tips and suggestions from our Panel experts
  • Chaired by Dr Melinda Webber (AD PBRF Faculty of Education and Social Work)

Date: Monday, 22 August 2016
Time: 4.00 – 5.30 pm (Drinks and nibbles from 5.00pm)
Venue: Women’s Federation Room, Old Government House
Please register your interest by emailing Emma on e.buchanan@auckland.ac.nz by 18 August for catering purposes.

A joint initiative of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education & Social Work.

Silencing Science – panel discussion

Silencing Science – panel discussion

When: Thursday May 12, 5 pm-6:30pm
Where: Auditorium, Auckland Museum
Cost: free – bookings required. Please register attendee names at friends.events@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 3026249 or 09 3067923.

What is the first duty of scientists in a crisis – to the government that funds them, to the employer who pays them, or to the wider public, desperate for information? And what if these obligations clash?

On May 12 Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence, is bringing together researchers and journalists to explore the role of scientists in times of public need.

Professor Shaun Hendy, Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, finds that in New Zealand, the public obligation of the scientist is often far from clear and that there have been many disturbing instances of scientists being silenced.

Shaun leads the conversation that was prompted by research for his new book, Silencing Science. On the panel, Shaun is joined by Drs Siouxsie Wiles and Matheson Russell from the University of Auckland, and Radio New Zealand science broadcaster Veronika Meduna. Moderating the panel discussion is freelance journalist and writer Damian Christie.

Shaun’s book Silencing Science, published by Bridget Williams Books and out May 12, will be available to purchase at the end of the discussion.

Bookings essential.
To ensure a seat please register at friends.events@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 3026249 or 09 3067923.

Win tickets to Adam Rutherford ‘Gene Genie’ tour

Win tickets to Adam Rutherford ‘Gene Genie’ tour

WIN TICKETS TO Dr Adam Rutherford’s Royal Society of New Zealand ‘Gene Genie’ tour!
Follow Te Pūnaha Matatini on Twitter or Facebook  and tell us your #sciencehero for your chance to WIN tickets to the below events.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is proud to support the Royal Society New Zealand tour of Dr Adam Rutherford, geneticist, BBC 4 science presenter and science writer – touring 15-22 March 2016.

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.


Christchurch | Genetics and disease 6pm Tuesday 15 March
Aurora Centre, cnr Greers Road and Memorial Ave, Burnside High School, Christchurch
Dr Adam Rutherford discusses the genetics underlying disease with Professor Vicky Cameron (Christchurch Heart Institute), Professor Nigel French (Massey University) and Professor Parry Guilford (University of Otago)

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Dunedin | Conservation genomics 7.30pm Thursday 17 March
St David Lecture Theatre, cnr St David and Castle Sts, University of Otago, Dunedin
Dr Adam Rutherford discusses ancient DNA and conservation genomics with University of Otago researchers Dr Catherine Collins, Professor Neil Gemmell and Dr Michael Knapp

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Tauranga | Family and genealogy 7pm Monday 21 March (refreshments served from 6.30pm)
Tauranga Yacht Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga
Dr Adam Rutherford discusses genealogy and family issues with University of Otago Professors Lisa Matisoo-Smith, Stephen Robertson and Hamish Spencer

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Auckland | Genetics and health 6pm Tuesday 22 March
Auckland Museum Events Centre, The Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Dr Adam Rutherford discusses medical genetics and epigenetics with University of Auckland and Auckland DHB researchers Dr Don Love, Dr Rinki Murphy and Professor Cristin Print

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Dr Rutherford is also touring as part of the New Zealand Festival, Wellington

*Feature image: Adam Rutherford Royal Society of New Zealand.

–  Runs 02 March to 21 March, 2016.
– Social media competitions run through Te Pūnaha Matatini Twitter and Facebook
– Each winner receives two tickets to selected event
– A maximum of up to 40 tickets available (up to 10 per event)
– Winners selected based on best entries for each social media event
– Winners selected at Te Pūnaha Matatini’s discretion.


Video Workshop for Scientists

Video Workshop for Scientists

Wellington – Wednesday March 30 / Auckland – Thursday 31 March 2016

The Science Media Centre is hosting a workshop on communicating science in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube and Vimeo.

Great short videos can be produced using the high-definition camera built into your smartphone or tablet. How can you harness this technology to bring your science to life? What are the best ways to shoot, edit and distribute your video content?

This workshop will answer all of your questions and introduce you to great tools that will help you in the video production process.

Limited to 20 places. Participants will be selected based on the video concepts outlined in the application form.

Workshop topics:

  •  Why is video so powerful?
  • Scripting and storyboarding short videos
  • Finding images and footage
  • DIY video – harnessing your smartphone to make great videos
  • Software and tools you can use.

Applications close 15 March
Course fees: FREE to attend — by invitation
Find out more and APPLY NOW!