Thursday 22 March 7.30 pm
Lecture Theatre 1, EIT, Taradale
Catherine Knight, MA, PhD
A new year and a new government, but little sign yet of any tangible progress towards making our rivers more ‘swimmable’ – an issue that attracted such controversy last year. That controversy reflected the sense of urgency that many New Zealanders feel about the perilous state of many of our waterways, concern that shows no sign of diminishing. In this talk, Dr Catherine Knight, author of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, will provide important context to this debate by exploring some of our complex – and often conflicted – history with rivers since humans first settled in Aotearoa New Zealand. She will argue that knowing our history is an important foundation to forging a better future, both in terms of our environment and our socioeconomic wellbeing.
Catherine Knight is an environmental historian. New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016) was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 and was selected as one of the Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Her previous book, Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press, 2014), won the J.M. Sherrard major award for excellence in regional and local history, and Palmerston North Heritage Trust’s inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu. Her next book is entitled Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand, and will be published in May 2018. Catherine is a policy and communications consultant and lives with her family on a small farmlet in the Manawatu, where they are working towards restoring the totara forest that once thrived on the river terraces.
New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history will be available for sale (cash only) on the night. RRP $49.99
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 7.30pm
Helen Cadwallader MSc, PhD student, Waikato University
Venue: National Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier
Admission: Gold coin donation
Stingrays in New Zealand are largely understudied, but as large coastal elasmobranch species, they are potentially exposed to some of the greatest anthropogenic risks. This talk will describe what we know about them, why they are important, and how we as humans are affecting them, from removal of habitat to their portrayal in the media. It will also highlight why we in New Zealand are in an excellent position to study them, and describe Helen’s current study on New Zealand’s rays, including how the rays here in the Aquarium have joined in the research.
Helen Cadwallader is a PhD candidate with the University of Waikato based at the Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga. She completed her MSc at Bangor University in her home country of Wales, where she specialised in cleaner-client interactions between tropical wrasse and pelagic thresher sharks, and her BSc at the University of Bristol, where her honours research concentrated on the behavioural reactions of freshwater fish to anthropogenic underwater noise. Helen specialises in elasmobranch behaviour and ecology and her PhD focuses on the stingray species in New Zealand, their spatial and feeding ecology in the Tauranga Harbour, and the potential impacts that the urbanisation of this area may be having on them.
6.30pm on Tuesday 13 February 2018
National Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier
Marcus Eriksen & Anna Cummins from 5 Gyres Institute
World Plastic Pollution Experts speak on Plastic Pollution and Solutions in the South Pacific
Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins from 5 Gyres Institute and guest speakers will explore the issue of plastic pollution with you. Through the science and real life experiences within the sub-tropical gyres they will bring you up to date on the current state of the issue, as well as sharing the latest global and local approaches towards solutions.
For more detail see PURE Speaking Tour and this website
5:30pm on Wednesday 14 February 2018
National Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier
Russ van Dissen, Earthquake Geologist, GNS Science
The 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake was associated with a complex array of surface ruptures that caused damage to engineered structures, particularly the transportation network. The fault rupture mechanism was a complex system that involved at least 21 faults along an approx. 180 km zone. Many were already mapped as active or geological faults prior to the earthquake, although some specific surface traces were previously unknown. The earthquake ruptured the entire mapped lengths of some faults, and the partial lengths of others. This talk is about geological and seismological characteristics of the complex multi-fault rupture.
Russ van Dissen was born, raised and educated in the western USA. He moved to New Zealand about 25 years ago to take up a position with the then Earth Deformation Section of the New Zealand Geological Survey. His research specialties include earthquake geology and seismic hazard assessment and he has had significant involvement in the development of the Ministry for the Environment’s “Active Fault Guidelines”; characterisation of the surface fault rupture along the Greendale Fault during the September 2010 Darfield earthquake; and the “It’s Our Fault” project that aimed to better define earthquake risk in the Wellington Region. He is currently working on the Kaikōura earthquake response.
6.00pm Tuesday 30 January 2018
Lecture Theatre 2, EIT, Gloucester Street, Taradale
Admission: Gold coin donation
Professor Bob Marshall, EIT Director of Research
EIT works closely with a range of industries and institutions in Hawke’s Bay, providing research and evaluation support. This talk will outline some of those projects as well as others.
Professor Bob Marshall is EIT’s Research Director with responsibility for the overall direction of EIT’s research, and for organising appropriate research infrastructure and support.
Caring for our coastal waters: the appliance of science
Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 6pm
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
Cnr. Dalton and Vautier Streets, Napier
Under the chairmanship of team leader Stephen Swabey, three scientists from HBRC’s Coastal Team will present talks of 20 minutes each:
Anna Madarasz-Smith The rise and fall of the Ahuriri Estuary
Shane Gilmer Jump in! Recreational water quality in Hawke’s Bay
Oliver Wade Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Using new technologies in Science
Please then stay for some conviviality: we will lay on the nibbles, cake and a glass of something to celebrate the end of a very busy and successful year for the HB Branch of the Royal Society!
A group of 30 members were hosted by Scott Styles and Nick Elliott to a visit to the impressive- looking building on the grounds of Hawke’s Bay Airport. The interior is even more impressive. Over 130 people are employed there and the company’s products, automatic voltage controllers and power supply stabilisers are exported globally.
Scott gave us a “101” on electrical power supply stabilisation and later sent us the following links:
Why is my laptop on https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/03/why-is-my-laptop-on.html
Energy for dummies is linked inside the aforementioned document.
ABB Videos from the presentation.
Scott briefly touched on arc-flash with the tour group. This is quite a scary subject.
This is why you might see the local linesman getting completely kitted up in a ‘bomb-suit’ before operating switchgear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P35HRYHFz7c
(people continuing to search or watch video’s on youtube autoplay should be warned that there are some gruesome injuries as a result of arc-flash.)
Scott thinks that we have a problem in society with poor energy literacy combined with extreme energy dependence.
This might be part of addressing this
And last of all here is the sole remaining video (transferred from VHS) of the model solar car that Scott built with some friends in 7thform in 1993. Had he not entered this competition Scott doubts he would have become an electrical engineer.
Thursday 16 November 2017, 6pm
ABB, 111 Main North Rd, Hawke’s Bay Airport
30 people maximum, members only please
To secure your place, please send an email to:
ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalization. For more than four decades, they have been at the forefront, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Every day, they drive efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure globally. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people.
The ABB site in Napier designs and manufactures power conditioning products, which are used by customers worldwide, who need a reliable power supply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their customers include:
- semiconductor / automotive / textile industries
- data centres / supercomputers
- shore-to-ship / marine / oil & gas industries
- plastics / cable extrusion / pharmaceutical manufacturers.
We will be hosted by Nick Elliott, R&D Manager and Scott Styles, Principal Engineer, for a presentation on the business, including latest developments, and a factory tour.
Please note dress code:
- flat (i.e. no heels), close fitting (i.e. not loose fitting ballet-type), fully closed-in shoes
- trousers (shorts are not acceptable).
ABB will provide safety glasses and hearing protection.
6.00pm on Thursday 26 October 2017
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, cnr. Vautier & Dalton Streets, Napier
Dr Stephen Swabey, Manager, Environmental Science, HBRC
Speleology is one of Stephen Swabey’s many passions, and in this talk he will share with us his enthusiasm with an illustrated talk about limestone cave systems in Australia, where Stephen lived and worked for five years before coming to New Zealand.
Stephen graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Geography, and the Open University with a PhD in Paleoclimate change, geochemistry and caves.
At HBRC he manages a team of 32 scientists, with 5 team leaders coordinating work across surface water and groundwater hydrology, coastal science, freshwater ecology, air quality, climate and climate change, land science and environmental monitoring.