Last night New Zealand’s research community, along with distinguished international guests, kicked off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
The next six months leading up to October 10 – 150 years to the day that the legislation establishing the New Zealand Institute was signed – will feature a full programme of events and activities.
To mark the occasion, NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton took a look at ten big moments in Kiwi science over the last 150 years, from controversies over caves and moa bones, to the first woman fellow Kathleen Curtis and, of course, the face that graces our $100 bill: Ernest Rutherford.
The launch of the 150th celebrations included the release of a new history of the society, Illuminating our World: 150 Years of the Royal Society Te Apārangi written by John Martin. Online orders of the book will be available soon.