Ngā Tūhonohono Sponsorship and public programme support
Kia maha ngā ara tūhonohono enhancing opportunities for participation and connections. Partnerships are an integral part of our activities to explore, discover and share knowledge.
We partner with organisations to sponsor activities and to support our public programme delivery.
He Hono Tahi Sponsorship
Every year we celebrate research excellence through hosting the annual awards Research Honours Aotearoa. Longstanding relationships from sponsors like New Zealand Health Research Council helps us to deliver these premier research awards events. Kia maha ngā ara tūhonohono enhancing opportunities for participation and connections. Partnerships are an integral part of our activities to explore, discover and share knowledge.
Callaghan Innovation is one of our newest sponsors for one of the medals we award, the Tahunui-a-Rangi Award, recognising excellence in invention and creation (technology).
Another longstanding partner is the Freemasons who sponsor our Powering Potential programme, where New Zealand’s most promising Year 12 - 13 students come together to seek answers to some of the big problems supported and guided by mentors. 10 teams get one question each, given one mentor, have one presentation, and then there is one winner!
He Mahi Tahi Public programme collaboration
We collaborate with many different organisations to deliver our public programme of outreach activities. We work with each partner to customise each programme, based on partner, audience and stakeholder needs, the collaboration outcomes and the reach we are going to achieve.
We were extremely fortunate to tautoko Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) and the Ko Matariki e ārau ana The gathering of Matariki series of 22 talks, a tour through Aotearoa and Australia supported by the Society and the Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden. Dr Rangi Mātāmua shared his detailed knowledge about Matariki, highlighted connections between cultural knowledge and science and explored what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in Aotearoa’s modern society.
Our TUIA 250 mahi in 2019 enabled ngā iwi from Tūranga-a-Kiwa to have a counter-narrative opportunity about the commemoration of Captain Cook's arrival 250 years ago. We hosted an iwi delegation to the UK, made introductions to our international and national networks supporting their iwi research and to amplify the kōrero of Tūranga-a-Kiwa. We continue to seek ambitious ways like these for the Society to recongise mātauranga, rangahau and hautūtanga leadership as well as Māori notions of excellence in research disciplines in te ao Māori.
In 2020, the Society and Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden supported a number of varying organisations and entities to develop, drive and deliver multiple events for Days of Ice, a festival organised by ChristchurchNZ celebrating Ōtautahi Christchurch as New Zealand's gateway to Antarctica. These included: Tūranga Library, International Antarctic Centre, the Antarctic Science Platform, GNS Science, HIT Lab (University of Canterbury), Anthony Powell (filmmaker).
Our contribution included projects like a national tauira student video making and film competition, interactive panel discussions, development and presentation of a virtual reality experience, interactive Icy Experiments with Antarctic researchers tent at the Explore Antarctica family day in the Arts Centre. Ka rawe!