Category Archives: Coming Events

Branch AGM and lecture: Do animals experience happiness and why does it matter?

Thursday 14 June

Lecture Theatre 2, EIT, Taradale

5.30pm: AGM Hawke’s Bay Branch, Royal Society Te Apārangi

6.00pm: Do animals experience happiness and why does it matter?

Professor Nat Waran, Executive Dean – Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science, EIT

Until recently, animal welfare assessment relied on measures of physical health, and changes in behaviour and physiology related to negative emotional states such as pain and stress. However, it is now widely accepted that good welfare is not simply the absence of disease or negative experiences, but also the presence of positive experiences such as pleasure. Understanding what good welfare is, how welfare can be assessed across a range of environments and uses, and what needs to be done to achieve higher welfare, is considered to be a key priority for ensuring the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans.

Before joining EIT, Nat led a number of strategic projects in her most recent role as a professor and inaugural director of the new International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh, one of the UK’s leading universities. From 2006 to 2011, she was Associate Dean (Research) at Unitec’s Faculty of Social and Health Sciences in tandem with her role as Head of the School of Natural Sciences.

Nat has a first class zoology degree from Glasgow University and a PhD from Cambridge University, and has worked in many different countries including China, India and Malaysia.

Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

6pm Wednesday 20 June


EIT, 501 Gloucester St, Taradale,  Lecture Theatre LTH1
Free admission
Register to guarantee your seat at: royalsociety.org.nz/events


Professor Merryn Tawhai

Director MedTech CoRE & Dep. Director Auckland Bioengineering Institute

An aging population and increase in people living with chronic disease calls for new approaches to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare.

Does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?

Merryn’s own research advances computer modelling of the human lung in search of better methods to diagnose and treat lung disease.

Proudly presented in partnership with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute of the University of Auckland and the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence.

Visit to Mr Apple Packhouse, Whakatu

Date: Wednesday 2 May, 5.30pm

Venue: Mr Apple packhouse, Station Road, Whakatu (entrance is adjacent to the Horti Centre)

Admission: 40 people maximum, members take priority

To secure your place, please email: hawkesbay.rsnz@gmail.com

Mr Apple is the biggest apple marketer in Hawke’s Bay, producing and exporting 25% of the New Zealand apple crop. They manage 53 Global-Gap accredited orchards, on over 1,000 hectares of Hawke’s Bay land. They apply cutting edge science and technology to growing, harvesting, grading, packing and storing apples, to maximise product quality and shelf life.

We will be hosted by Packhouse Logistics & Production Planning Manager Rob Sykes and packhouse staff, for a presentation on the business and a packhouse tour. We’ll learn about the application of science, technology and engineering in the business.

Please note the dress code:

  • flat (i.e. no heels), close fitting (i.e. not loose fitting ballet-type), fully closed-in shoes
  • tie back long hair
  • remove all jewellery and watches; only a plain wedding band and medic-alert bracelet are permitted
  • Mr Apple will provide hair nets, hi vis and hearing protection.