Mike’s News June 27

29May-7 Jul All 7 planets visible at once in the night sky. Some info here.
25Jun-3Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
29 Jun Café Scientifique, 6:30pm, Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Ak. Dan Hikuroa on mātauranga
1-3 Jul 40hr Famine weekend www.famine.org.nz
10-16 Jul Kiribati Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
11 Jul World Population Day www.stats.govt.nz , Schools Corner
11 Jul Primary Science conference, 8:30am–4pm Music Auditorium, UoA, 76 Epsom Ave, Ak
Moon NM Jun 29      1Q Jul 7       FM Jul 14       3Q Jul 21
  1. Kiribati Language week: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Common-phrases-Kiribati-2p.docx
  2. Stemfest returns to Tauranga 2 Oct: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/STEMFest-2022.docx
  3. Auckland’s next Café Scientifique : NIWA scientist, Dr Annette Semadeni-Davis talks about using models to manage water quality. Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden, 27 Jul, 6-8pm.
  4. NZ’s first Women in STEM Film Festival, 1-7 July, at Ak’s Capitol Cinema. More info here. This is a fundraiser for the AUT Women in STEM award.
  5. MOTAT is offering an event called Samsung Solve for Tomorrow designed to challenge Year 5-10 students to apply STEAM design thinking to help improve their communities. There is a teacher webinar to explain it all Mon 27 June from 4 – 5pm. Info here.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • A recorded webinar of Melanie Riwai Couch sharing her new book Niho Taniwha: Improving Teaching and Learning for Ākonga Māorihttps://youtu.be/2RmURm-i86U  live until 9 Sep.
  2. Mātauranga Māori
    • Ocean Mercier’s interview with Alison Balance about science and mātauranga Māori, a podcast https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2517732
    • When mātauranga Māori first started to be spoken about by those in education about a decade ago, Sir Hirini Moko Mead wrote a critical essay to help teachers start to grasp its purpose and meaning. It has recently been republished in e-tangata.
  3. Pedagogy:
    • Article about allowing Writing on desks to engage students
  4. Student opportunities:
  5. Revision:
    • An RSC article on using past papers for revision. (3 free articles/month).
  6. Digital support:
    • Are teachers interested in digital learning opportunities with Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, a wildlife sanctuary? Please answer 5 questions on their very short survey here.
  7. Science Careers:
    • Join DOC ranger Aroha to learn about what it’s like to be a ranger and what she does for conservation in our Ranger Kōrero video.  Listen to the DOC Sounds of Science podcasts to get a taste for the interesting work of DOC rangers and staff.
  8. PPTA provide a grant to members for conferences, workshops or subject-specific courses run by TDA (used to be TRCC). Use it to cover registration, travel, accommodation, meals & childcare (but not relief) to a total of $700 (incl GST). Paid as a reimbursement afterwards.
  9. A list of 150 primary and secondary schools that have had science labs built in the last 5 years [thanks to MoE]: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Science-Lab-Data-last5yrs-MOE-June2022.xlsx


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8.  EfS:
    • An online water calculator helps you understand your household’s water footprint. Find out where to make changes to save water.
    • Article on restoring the Waikato river


  1. Use flower petal peels to demonstrate plasmolysis – peel a red or pink petal to obtain a single cell epidermal layer. Put it in water on a slide, Use a convex bladed scalpel to remove any thick bits then put coverslip on. View it to see turgid cells. Then put a small pile of salt next to the coverslip. Draw the salty water thru’ using a small piece of paper towel touching the water at the opposite side. After a minute or 2 you can see plasmolysis. [Anthony Darby]

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. These are the Science and Safety webinars still available. Teachers: 6 July, 7-8 pm; 27 Jul 12-1pm; 29 Jul 10:30-11:30 am. Principals: 7 July, 1-2pm. Technician: 28 July, 12:00-1:00 pm. Lab Manager/HoD: 3 August, 4-5pm. Register interest at https://nzase.org.nz/health-and-safety/
  2. Super early bird registrations ($190 + GST) for ULearn are open til 25 July. Full price $280.
  3. Kohia Centre has a practical online Te Reo Māori workshop designed to help both experienced & new teachers incorporate Te Reo Māori into classroom practice and across curriculum areas. Fri 1 July either 9:30-11am or 12:30-2pm. https://tinyurl.com/ynkz77ke

Cheers, Mike

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