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UPCOMING EVENTS


“Educating Pasifika Learners” workshop

Highly recommended - Free Admission. RSVP as soon as possible for this free workshop by Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu accredited facilitator and expert partner on Pasifika Education across all sectors.

When: Friday 21 July

Time: 10am – 3.00pm

Where: Youthspace (corner of Coleman and George Street)



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Future Foods
150th Anniversary Regional Lectures | Palmerston North

Royal Society Te Apārangi Manawatu Branch Incorporated
Future Foods

Pizzas, pills or plates of insects - what does the future of food look like? Given the remarkable advancements in food production, availability, safety and choice that have already been progressed over the past century, it’s hard to say with certainty what the next hundred years might bring. When considering the future, there is an obvious and immediate question as to whether we can expect to still be eating the same foods, or whether our tastes and preferences may have significantly changed. However, underlying this is the deeper question as to whether and how we can continue to produce foods that meet all our wants and needs, whilst addressing challenges such, such as population growth, the availability and sustainability of raw materials and access to potable water.
As with the advances in the previous century, the solutions to such issues will undoubtedly be achieved through the development of new science and technologies.

In this talk, Matt Golding, Professor of Food Structure within the School of Food & Nutrition at Massey University, will aim to provide some “Food for Thought” as to how our changing world is influencing what our future food needs and wants might look like, and what we will need to do to get there.


6pm Tuesday 18 July | Register to guarantee a seat
Globe One, Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street, Palmerston North
PUBLIC EVENT - Your donation supports the activities of your local branch.

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Currently this workshop is only being offered in Auckland but if there are enough expressions of interest from other regions it may be able to be brought to other parts of the country. Email Brooke Trenwith at president@giftedchildren.org.nz to express your interest.

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We are really excited to be sharing this powerful framework with you. It is great to see registrations coming in from both the secondary and primary sectors. The workshop is designed for both as the framework is suitable for both. If you would like to secure a place for yourself or your colleagues then please do so by Monday 4 July as we need to confirm workshop numbers with our various venues and for catering requirements. More information can be found on ourwebsite or you can register directly using this link.
1.       Monday, 11th July: Christchurch: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
2.       Tuesday, 12th July: Auckland: St Cuthbert’s College: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
3.       Wednesday, 13th July: Wellington: Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
NZCGE Membership Schools: In recognition of our support for each other a 50% discount on registration applies but for 2016 only.
“It is all very well to want depth and complexity but when you empower the students to understand those concepts in a practical way for themselves, you are much more likely to achieve them!”
Sue Bufton | Regional Lead Teacher NZCGE
Anna Meuli I Consultancy Manager
027 544 1497 I nzcge.co.nz I anna.meuli@nzcge.co.nz

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http://www.eenz.com/roadshow17/ GiftEDnz needs teachers and parents interested in attending the Roadshow in Wellington on 5th April to register their interest by TUESDAY (21 March) to be confident it is financially viable. The speakers and presenters look great- it would be a pity to have them cancel it. Please go to the link and look at the programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in gifted PD, network with colleagues in gifted education and be inspired...

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Applications to enrol in the Postgraduate Specialist Teaching (Gifted and Talented) for students starting in 2017 are now OPEN. Please encourage your interested staff to do this as soon as possible so that their applications can be assessed and an offer made.

INFORMATION
http://masseyuniversity.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=26  (This is the Specialist Teaching site. Play the video to get information about your endorsement)

Programme details are available at:


ENROLMENT 2017

Apply NOW for this pre-selected programme at the link:

The closing date for applications is 10 December 2016 for a Semester 1 start.All documentation must be received by this date.

With the enrolment you will need to provide verified hard copies of your passport, academic transcripts for your degree and professional qualification, current teacher practicing certificate or professional registration plus a current CV emphasising your strengths in the area of your endorsement.

NB: With the introduction of the new “Vulnerable Children’s Act” mandatory police checks for those without a current practicing certificate are taking 6- 8 weeks.

Papers
Endorsement: G&T
The Year one papers are:
Location
Mode
Paper Name
Paper Number
Offering
Albany 10
Block 1
Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
254.765
Semester 1
PN 4
Block 1
Theory and Foundations of G& T
262.751
Semester 2

Note: Only list the papers being completed in 2017. Two papers (60 credits) is half a full time study load. Those working full time should consider doing one paper (30 credits) each year. The programme has a maximum timeframe of four years.

For queries regarding enrolment please contact Massey Contact (0800627739 or contact@massey.ac.nz )
For paper and programme advice contact the Academic Advice and Information Team academicadvice@massey.ac.nz

For enrolment issues or special circumstances email Roseanne MacGillivray (ioe-postgraduate@massey.ac.nz )


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What is P4C?
The Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme is often described as a thinking skills programme or a course in critical and creative thinking. While it is true that philosophy for children does improve students’ critical and creative thinking skills, calling it a “thinking skills” programme does not do it justice. It does much more as well.  Philosophy for children builds on the students’ own wonder and curiosity about ideas that are vitally important to them. The subject matter of Philosophy for Children is those common, central and contestable concepts that underpin both our experience of human life and all academic disciplines.                                                                  www.p4c.org.nz
Outcomes from participation in P4C
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Independent thinking
  • Excitement and motivation
  • Increased reading comprehension
  • Maths and science achievement
  • Increased co-operative skills
  • Better relationships with peers and parents
  • Personal development and self-esteem
  • Transfer of skills to other areas of study

“I love the way it embraces the intent of the 2007 Key Competencies and underpins thinking” 
“Adds a new dimension to your teaching. Great way to extend kids thinking” 
“A FANTASTIC two days. I can’t wait to share this with my colleagues and class” 



Contact:                Bridget Comer (P4CNZ Manawatu Regional Representative)
                                    bcomer@northstreet.school.nz
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Happy Gifted Awareness Week! 

What are you/your school doing to promote belonging: acceptance, inclusion, and connection in your centre/school? This week is a timely reminder to keep viewing our gifted learners with open eyes to ensure this population of learners belong too. Feel free to share in the comments below what your school/centre has planned. Alternatively, check out the websites for  NZ Centre for Gifted Education, www.nzcge.co.nz , giftEDnz, www.giftednz.org.nz, and the NZ Association for Gifted Children www.giftedchidlren.org.nz to find out what Nz's three nationwide charities are doing for inspiration.

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Don't forget to check out the position paper at NZ Centre for Gifted Education www.nzcge.co.nz/GiftedAwarenessWeek and the Gifted Awareness Week Blog Tour www.nzcge.co.nz/blogtour   
7.30 pm Tuesday, 15 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
The Power of Pollen: My life as a Palynologist
Dr Kat Holt
Massey University
Pollen, a seemingly simple component of the plant reproductive system, is often underestimated. Yet it is an extremely powerful tool that is harnessed across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including climate change research, honey quality control, allergy studies, forensic science, and more.
Dr Kat Holt is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and a Palynologist at Massey University. She is also consultant palynologist to Veritaxa Ltd, a New Zealand company developing the ‘Classifynder’ system for automated pollen analysis, and winner of the 2013 NZ Engineering Excellence Awards Supreme Award. This talk will highlight the key roles pollen plays in our society, as well as how palynology may be transformed with new technologies like the Classifynder, illustrated using examples from Kat’s research into New Zealand pollen and experience with the Classifynder.








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giftEDnz and NZAGC are delighted to announce the publication of a new edition of APEX, The New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education. Volume 17, Number 1, 2015 is now online athttp://www.giftedchildren.org.nz/apex/v19no1.php.

This edition is a collaboration between giftEDnz and NZAGC. The articles in this publication predominantly represent work presented at the giftEDnz and Ministry of Inspiration conference of 2014, Ignited: Gifted Education in Action. Several of the authors were also supported in getting their article to completion by the giftEDnz Emerging Researchers’ writing retreat.

It is a pleasure to be able to publish scholarly, evidence based research that has been carried out in schools and centres in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thanks must go to the editors of APEX for their work in producing this edition – Kate Niederer, Tracy Riley and guest editor, Lynda Garrett. Particular thanks go to Tracy from both our organisations. This is her final edition as editor and we thank her for the many years of work as editor on this peer reviewed publication.

So do have a look at the wonderful articles! Find out more about REAPS, June Maker’s model for teaching gifted students, about gifted girls and social media, about ways of providing for visual spatial learners in classrooms, about one school’s approach to identifying gifted and talented Maori learners and why NZ schools are still not embracing acceleration despite the positive research evidence – plus more!! Enjoy reading New Zealand research about our gifted students in ourschools and centres.
Kind regards.
Louise Tapper - Chair, giftEDnz
Andrew Patterson – President, NZAGC

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Special Education Update Meeting for Parents

On behalf of Jann Marshall and Margaret Carvill:

When:                 Thursday 30 July 2015
Time:                    5.30 – 7.00 pm
Where:                Palmerston North MoE Office (possibility of venue change if we have more than 50)
                              1-3 Oxford Crescent
                              Palmerston North
RSVP:                 By 28.7.15 to daughne.black@education.govt.nz or 0800 737275 and ask for Daughne Black

About the Update

We’d like to invite parents to join a further forum to discuss the Special Education Update. The Update is about finding ways to make educational progress and achievement easier for these children and young people with special education needs. 
While much has been achieved in recent years in inclusive education, there is more to be done to reduce fragmentation of services, simplify access to support and increase consistency of services across the country.

This forum will follow the same format as the previous initial forums we held on the Special Education Update. It will be the start of an ongoing engagement process as we work through the Special Education Update.

The Update includes all support for children and young people with special education needs - from early childhood, through primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The Update aims to:
·         Ensure achievement is the focus of  support for children and young people with special education needs
·         Simplify funding and access to services
·         Ensure schools and other key parties are integral to decision-making
·         Ensure end-to-end management of each child’s education pathway
·         Make it easy for everyone to play their part in supporting the child’s progress and achievement 
·         Improve information about how the education system is working for children and young people with special education needs.
Background reading and the areas for discussion are attached. 

Your valuable input will contribute to the success of this progressive piece of work and we look forward to working with you.


Kind regards
Jann Marshall, Director of Education, Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu
Margaret Carvill, District Manager, Special Education Taranaki and Central

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The Ministry of Education is consulting about updating the Education Act 1989. They want to know people’s views about the proposals presented in their discussion document. The closing date for submissions is, apparently, 14 December so there is some urgency.

We feel there is a need for the gifted voice to be heard (does the document, for example, focus on achievement with no direction about what this looks like for gifted students and so on? You have your own opinions.)

The link to their site to read the document and to submit your views is

The more voices the better- and it does not need to be an essay!!”

***NOTE THIS IS NOW AT THE CONVENTION CENTRE -NOT THE GLOBE AS ADVERTISED***



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Bright Sparks 2015

Bright Sparks offers a prize pool of $10,000 for students to develop their skills in electronics, technology, software and science.
The annual Bright Sparks Awards is a showcase for the creativity and discipline of school students. The students develop a prototype using electronics, engineering and/or programming elements. Prototypes are submitted and scrutinised by a judging panel of industry experts.
The categories for 2015 are:
·         Best Concept: The best idea presented as a design portfolio.
·         Science: The best science investigation with a technological theme.
·         Engineering: The best invention incorporating hardware and software.
·         Environment: The best project with a technological theme that relates to the environment.
·         Software: The best program, as stand-alone or as part of a project.
·         Prizes will also be awarded for Best Overall Male and Best Overall Female.
·         A prize will also be awarded for the People’s Choice, the recipient of the most votes from the public at brightsparks.org.nz.
The age groups are:
·         Junior: 14 years and under
·         Senior: 15 years and over.
Projects must be completed and arrive at The Skills Organisation no later than Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
To download an entry form and for further informationwww.brightsparks.org.nz/about-the-awards/

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1.  2015 ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND RUTHERFORD LECTURE 
Going super heavy – the end of the periodic table of elements 
Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger
Massey University 
7 pm Thursday, 13 August, PNBHS Speirs Centre, Featherson Street, Palmerston North 
The first periodic table of the elements was proposed in 1869. It was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming too unstable and decaying.  But in the last decade we have seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118.  So just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end? All warmly welcome. Please register through the following link to ensure a seat:http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/events/annual/rutherford-lecture/

2. 
ALLAN WILSON CENTRE 
Bird Evolution, from Dinosaurs to DNA 
Professor Scott V. Edwards
Harvard University
 6.30 pm Tuesday, 18 August, Globe Theatre, Palmerston North 
Birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs. This theory, based on the study of fossilised bones, is now accepted by most evolutionists. What is less well known is that the genomes of birds - comprised of over 1 billion DNA letters and thousands of genes - bear traces of their dinosaur ancestry as well. Modern genomics reveals how bird genomes reflect their streamlined and high-energy lifestyles, epitomized by their ability to fly.All welcome. A gold coin donation is appreciated. Seat reservation is recommended. To reserve your seat, please visit:  http://www.allanwilsoncentre.ac.nz/

Talk 3  MANAWATU FOREST AND BIRD 
New Zealand's Remote Islands - The Antipodes/ Bounties and the Chatham Islands 
Paul Gibson, Photographer 
7.30 pm Tuesday, 11 August, Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North 
This meeting is a joint talk with Birds NZ, Manawatu Branch 
All welcome. A gold coin donation is appreciated. 

Talk 4
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2015 Manawatu Lecture
Sustaining the productive capacity of our soils 
Professor Mike Hedley
Massey University 
2015 is the International Year of Soils, which aims increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. In this, our seventeenth Manawatu Lecture, Professor Mike Hedley will talk about the work that he and his co-workers are doing here in the Manawatu to sustain the productive capacity of our soils.
 Mike Hedley is Professor in Soil Science at Massey University and Director of the University’s Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre. Mike’s research is focussed on soil-plant interactions; fertiliser development and evaluation; soil fertility; and nutrient cycling in grazed pasture systems and nutrient budgeting. The Manawatu Lecture was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch as its annual prestigious lecture to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatu.
 All warmly welcome 27th August at 7:30 pm in the Art Gallery Te Manawa.        

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August 13th 5 pm at PNGHS. Look for the CenGATE banner to direct you to our meeting room.

It is a busy term, but our first session will be feeding back on the Columbus Conference in April and the recent NZAGC conference.

Ingrid Vaipuna-Frengley, Te Toi Tupu GATE Advisor will facilitate this meeting.

An RSVP would be appreciated by August 11th to cengate12@gmail.com

All welcome!

Heather, Pearl, Suzanne

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Special Education Update Meeting for Parents

On behalf of Jann Marshall and Margaret Carvill:

When:                 Thursday 30 July 2015
Time:                    5.30 – 7.00 pm
Where:                Palmerston North MoE Office (possibility of venue change if we have more than 50)
                              1-3 Oxford Crescent
                              Palmerston North
RSVP:                 By 28.7.15 to daughne.black@education.govt.nz or 0800 737275 and ask for Daughne Black

About the Update

We’d like to invite parents to join a further forum to discuss the Special Education Update. The Update is about finding ways to make educational progress and achievement easier for these children and young people with special education needs. 
While much has been achieved in recent years in inclusive education, there is more to be done to reduce fragmentation of services, simplify access to support and increase consistency of services across the country.

This forum will follow the same format as the previous initial forums we held on the Special Education Update. It will be the start of an ongoing engagement process as we work through the Special Education Update.

The Update includes all support for children and young people with special education needs - from early childhood, through primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The Update aims to:
·         Ensure achievement is the focus of  support for children and young people with special education needs
·         Simplify funding and access to services
·         Ensure schools and other key parties are integral to decision-making
·         Ensure end-to-end management of each child’s education pathway
·         Make it easy for everyone to play their part in supporting the child’s progress and achievement 
·         Improve information about how the education system is working for children and young people with special education needs.
Background reading and the areas for discussion are attached. 

Your valuable input will contribute to the success of this progressive piece of work and we look forward to working with you.


Kind regards
Jann Marshall, Director of Education, Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu
Margaret Carvill, District Manager, Special Education Taranaki and Central


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RSNZ Manawatu Branch June Meeting
Topic: The National Science Challenges
Speaker: Dr Prue WilliamsMinistry of Business, Innovation and Employment
When: 7.30 pm Tuesday, 16 June
Where: Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

The Government has established 11 National Science Challenges, designed to take a more strategic approach to investment in science by targeting a series of goals. The goals range from developing high-value foods with health benefits to drive New Zealand’s economy, to harnessing science to sustain health and well-being into the later years of life.

The Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines to achieve a common goal through collaboration. Thus they will be the template for a significant portion of the government’s science agenda and funding.

Dr Williams will tell us what the Challenges are, how they are structured, and what their focus is to achieve “major and enduring benefits for New Zealand” through scientific research. 

Dr Prue Williams is General Manager – Science Investments at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). She has a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University, Palmerston North, and over 30 years’ experience in research and science management.
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The NZ Association for Gifted Children is a non profit organisation, serving the gifted and talented youth in our community for 40 years.

On the 3-5 July New Zealand Association for Gifted Children is hosting a 40 year expo, celebrating the many faces of giftedness.
A line up of international and local expert speakers will enlighten educators and parents of Gifted youth.  Stimulating workshops are also provided for all kids; such as Robotics, National board game championship, Nanogirl and sessions with child prodigies Tristan Pang, Adrian Mann and Brian Gashema.    

Dr Dickinson is another of the many inspiring conference speakers.  She will be hosting a session for kids "Superhero in action – a nanoscience workshop" and she will also be sharing for the very first time with educators and parents, how growing up with conventional teaching at school made her feel more isolated.  Furthermore, she will offer insights and coping techniques to assist educators and parents of 'quiet kids'.  

Dr Michelle Dickinson is a World renowned academic and head of the Nanomechanical Testing Lab at the University of Auckland, but she is best known to many as "Nanogirl". 
Through her alter ego, Nanogirl purses her mission to motivate young students into science and engineering subjects — which she sees as the future of our economy.
Dr Dickinson was recently awarded, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science.  She also accepted a role as Science Ambassador at New Zealand Association for Gifted Children. 
The NZ Association for Gifted Children is a non profit organisation, serving the gifted and talented youth in our community for 40 years.  




To go to the NZAGC conference page click here

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ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS, TEACHER AIDES, SENCOs, FAMILIES AND ASD SERVICE PROVIDERS

If you haven’t already registered then don’t miss popular and inspirational speaker on autism spectrum disorders, SUE LARKEY, in an informative and empowering one-day seminar with inspirational UK speaker DEAN BEADLE. Our term 2 seminars are designed to give participants practical strategies and ideas to help children with an autism spectrum disorder learn, and show them how they can make a real difference.
Don't miss Sue Larkey’s exciting joint sessions with Dean Beadle!

Auckland (Albany)
Monday 11 May 2015
9.30-3.30pm
QBE Stadium
Napier
Tuesday 12 May 2015
9.30-3.30pm
Napier War Memorial Centre
Wellington
Wednesday 13 May 2015
9.30-3.30pm
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Early bird registration ($170) closes Monday 20 April 2015 (payment after this date is $190).


These joint seminars were hugely popular in New Zealand and Australia in 2014 and we are delighted to see Dean back in 2015! After receiving a standing ovation in Auckland in 2014 we expect to see these events sell out this year - so book early!!

Sue Larkey is a highly qualified special educator and has authored several books and resource material. She is a truly inspirational speaker and not only is her one day seminar informative ‑ it is also a lot of fun! She has a remarkable ability to captivate her audience for an entire day, and attendees come away fuelled with strategies and ideas to teach children with autism and aspergers syndrome.

Dean Beadle is a public speaker and writer who is proud of being on the autism spectrum. He will share his journey from a child proclaimed a "Monster" to an A-Grade student, and provide strategies for teachers to help make a difference. Dean encourages his audiences to see the condition in a much more positive light, through his humorous and poignant anecdotes.


For more information please contact Jo Adkins jo@creatingsuccess.co.nz.

To keep up to date with our upcoming seminars please like us on Facebook – just search for Creating Success Limited.

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The following is from TKI....You may be interested know about a new film coming out called X + Y, about a young twice exceptional mathematical prodigy. It releases in New Zealand next week and I’m sure will be a great watch for all of us involved in gifted education. I also think it could provide a wonderful opportunity for our gifted children, particularly our twice exceptional children,  to experience some “like-minded-otherness”, watching a film about someone perhaps like them. The film is rated M.
Please find links below to the synopsis from BBC films and the trailer on Youtube.

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Manawatu Branch  of the Royal Society of New Zealand event: Student research in the Manawatu – a showcase

The February meeting of the Manawatu Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand will showcase the research of three students for Gold and Silver CREST (Creativity in Science and Technology) http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/crest/  awards and the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream national celebration of secondary level science and technology excellence, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  •  Zoe Glentworth: Safe Sunscreen Solution. Zoe’s Silver CREST and science fair project from 2014 focused on developing a natural, safe and effective sunscreen, building on the results of her previous research to create a kawakawa balm. 
  • Brittany ViningProtein: Pro Teen? Brittany’s Gold CREST project aimed to investigate whether an increase of whey protein in the diet of female adolescents improves their endurance, agility, and leg power in set physical tests.
  • Minushika PunchihewaDeciphering the ambiguities of Trifolium ambiguum. Minushika wanted to identify a number of morphological traits that the plant breeder can use quickly and inexpensively determine the number of sets of chromosomes a clover plant has before cross-breeding. 
Details7.30pm Tuesday 17 February, Te Manawa Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North. All welcome.
All these scientists are either current or former PNGHS students.

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REACH Education is delighted to share with you the very exciting news that ALL TEN MEMBERS of the Group will present a special symposium here in New Zealand in April of next year. This is a great honour for our country: the Group have never before presented outside the United States. It’s also a unique opportunity for us to meet face-to-face with these leading experts, tap into their wisdom, ask our questions and receive their guidance.
Want to know more?
If you’d like to receive the full details of this special symposium – where, exactly when, format (and we’ve got something novel in that respect), costs, earlybird discounts, how to book, etc etc – then write now to reacheducation@xtra.co.nz. We’ll put you on our mailing list for email updates about bookings, fee discounts, and so on.
Meanwhile ….. check out the accompanying articles for more background information, and for details of exactly who’s who in the Columbus Group!



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