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September 2018


New Banner
The Royal Society Te Apārangi have arranged for the Branches (of which we are one) to adopt a common banner format.  The above is our new look banner.We also moved our website to a new host, again coordinated and funded by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. We are very grateful for the assistance, both technical and financial that this move makes. You will find our new website at:


11th October 2018

The AGM will be held at the Thistle Inn, Thorndon at 6pm,
The AGM will be followed by a speaker, Dr Paul Young MBChB, BSc (Hons), FCICM.

Members who wish can also stay for the traditional AGM dinner (also at the Thistle Inn). As usual, the dinner is strictly “pay your own way”, however it is always a great night out.
For catering purposes, could members please RSVP  the secretary  as soon as possible  so that numbers for dinner can be confirmed with the Thistle Inn.

Dr Paul Young  is an Intensive Care Specialist and the Medical Director of the Wakefield Hospital ICU and the head of the Intensive Care Research Unit at Wellington Hospital.

AGM Nominations and General Business
As per the constitution, any nominations for Branch Council  or notices of motion for the AGM must be received by the secretary at least 4 weeks before the AGM. that we currently have a vacancy for a treasurer

Tackling Diet-related Disease in New Zealand – the need, the evidence, the priorities

All Day Event
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Time      9:00am – 4:30pm

A collaboration between the DIET Programme (NIHI, University of Auckland), INFORMAS (University of Auckland), and the BODE3 Programme (University of Otago, Wellington). Co-sponsored by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge. DIET, BODE3 and INFORMAS were/are all funded by HRC

Where? Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago Wellington, 23A Mein St, Newtown, Wellington
Cost?       There is no cost for attendance, however registration is compulsory.

What? A day of presentations and discussion on population diets in New Zealand and priorities for action
Programme: The symposium will showcase research from New Zealand population nutrition researchers. Topics include:
How healthy are New Zealand foods?
Is food labelling the answer?
Junk food marketing and children
Price as a lever for change
Priorities for action will be explored through a panel discussion.

2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture

Wednesday 12 September 6pm
Victoria University of Wellington Rutherford House (Pipitea Campus) RHLT1Rutherford Medal winner, geologist Professor Colin Wilson on ‘The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes’.
Colin was awarded the Rutherford Medal at last year’s New Zealand Research Honours for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the hazards they pose. The Rutherford Medal is the Society’s highest award, instituted at the request of the Government to recognise eminent research or technological practice by a person in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology.

Being on the south-western edge of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, a zone related to the tectonic movements of the Pacific Plate and which includes more than 75% of the world’s volcanoes, New Zealand has had, probably since its infancy, active volcanism. Active and dormant volcanoes, associated geothermal areas and volcanic remnants are visible throughout our landscape, however, in recent times, eruptions have only been in the Taupō Volcanic Zone and the Kermadec Arc (since Mount Taranaki’s last activity in 1854). Strikingly though, New Zealand is where the world’s most violent volcanic eruption happened within the last 5000 years (known as the Taupō Eruption, or sometimes referred to as the Hatepe Eruption).

In light of our risk from volcanoes, Colin recommends that Kiwis should: “be prepared, in the same way that they should be prepared for earthquakes. There are steps that can be taken to minimise the damage from eruptions, and these have been learned both from New Zealand experience (such as in the 1995-1996 Ruapehu eruptions) and overseas”.

He cheekily adds that “What would help is having several relatively small eruptions to keep the volcanoes in the mind’s eye of the general population and politicians”.

Wellington | Victoria University of Wellington Rutherford House (Pipitea Campus) RHLT1 – register for Wellington
Wednesday 12 September 6pm

These events are free to attend and you are welcome to turn up on the day, however, due to their expected popularity, please register to guarantee your seat(s) by following the above booking links.