Podcasts and audio
Podcasts and radio interviews by New Zealand's Independent Research Organisations
Podcasts and audio
HERA: School of future environments
19 February 2020: AUT - Auckland University of Technology's Lecturer in Structural & Earthquake Engineering Shahab Ramhormozian and Head of School of Future Environments Professor Charles Walker chat about teaching our future engineers and architects to collaborate so they can prepare and present building design projects of varying scales and complexity.
This focus is part of two new degrees at AUT - the BEng (honours) in Architectural Engineering and the Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments.
HERA: An indigenous approach to STEM engagement
4 February 2020: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with Puhoro STEM Academy’s Leland Ruwhiu who is responsible for Operations. As navigators their role is to better support Maori student engagement with STEM disciplines via mentoring, tutoring, and wananga.
They also interview the very first Whanake Scholarship Recipient and Mechatronical Student at Massey University, Sarah Lewis, who’ll be sharing her perspective on STEM as an aspiring engineer starting out her career.
NZ helping world to enjoy kai moana safely
24 January 2020: RNZ Nine to Noon. Fish and shellfish account for a significant portion of food-borne illnesses throughout the world, Now a method developed by Cawthron scientists to detect toxins in seafood will help to set a world standard for the global industry. Cawthron, in partnership with food safety scientists at the UK's Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, has led a study over the past four years to gain international recognition for a method to detect neurotoxins in seafood products. Lynn Freeman talks to Cawthron Institute Marine Toxin Chemist Dr Tim Harwood about the significance of getting that validation.
Hail damage research to fill knowledge gap
21 January 2020: Len Ibbotson, Viticulture Research Manager at the Bragato Research Institute, was interviewed on RNZ rural news about BRI’s new research programme examining the impact of hail on vineyards and how vineyards can best recover after these types of events.
More GP patients asking for medicinal cannabis
17 January 2020: A survey of GP's has found many are being asked for access to medicinal cannabis, and that some patients are also admitting they illegally obtain their own cannabis to self medicate.
76 general practitioners were questioned for the survey, and the findings were published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
The lead author, Dr Karen Oldfield, from the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, explains why GP's want more research into medicinal cannabis.
Cawthron Radio: Simon Childerhouse Whale Acoustics and Campbell Sea lions
20 December 2019: Simon Childerhouse was involved with moving 14,000 fur seals following the Kaikoura Earthquake, he satellite tracks humpback, Southern right, and blue whales, as well as sea lions, he talks about his research work in whale acoustics and the Campbell sea lions.
Cawthron Radio: Simon Stewart and green bottoms
19 December 2019: Simon Stewart discusses his research work on near-shore algal blooms in lakes and coastal areas.
Cawthron Radio: Kate Hudson talks about aquatic animal health
18 December 2019: Kate Hudson talks about the move to Nelson for her and her fellow scientist husband. She discusses her work at the Cawthron Institute in aquatic animal health.
HERA: Digitisation: the future of steel fabrication
27 November 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with Watkins Steel Managing Director, Des Watkins.
Des has gone through a truly transformative process in his steel fabrication business – developing a four-step end-to-end digital process utilising 3D scanning, digital twins, augmented reality and automation. This change has allowed him to achieve real world outcomes that have redefined his business.
Des will also be a keynote speaker at HERA's Future Forum 20/20 VISION conference next year. He’ll also be hosting an exclusive Industry 4.0 Innovation cluster workshop during this time.
HERA: Bridging innovation – 3D printing
13 November 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with MX3D CEO Gijs Van der Velden – all the way from the Netherlands!
Gijs company has a clear mission to introduce the advantages of 3D metal printing to new, high impact industries. Designing intelligent, robust and easy to use robotic additive manufacturing technology to enable users to 3D print large objects in metal.
He’s also the creator of the first of its kind 3D printed steel footbridge in Amsterdam, and we’re excited to have him as key speaker at our Future Forum – 20/20 VISION next year.
HERA: Sustainable product development with EPDs
30 October 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with NZ Steel Environment Manager Claire Jewell and Fletcher Steel Marketing and Innovation Manager and Former Technical Manager, Scott Morrison.
The podcast delves into their work in environmental product declarations (or EPDs for short), the process they’ve gone through to achieve them, and the benefits of doing so.
This is a great podcast to gain visibility into what the NZ metals industry is moving to do in order to meet the growing need to address sustainability, natural capital, and climate change.
HERA: An industry partnership with government to address skill & labour shortages
16 October 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with Amanda Nicolle - Director of Industry Partnerships at the Ministry of Social Development.
She leads an MSD initiative to create strategic partnerships with industries and employers that have skill and labour shortages. Working with them to identify the skills required, and how their programs and services can be tailored to meet these specific needs. Their aim being to ensure our industry is able to hire employees with the right skills when they need them.
HERA: Making seismic steel fabrication more cost effective
2 October 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with their own technical team at HERA - General Manager Welding Centre, Michail Karpenko, Finite Element Analyst Nandor Mago & PhD Scholarship Recipient and (since recording) now team member – Hafez Taheri.
They’re giving insight into the seismic research program they've been working on to specify weld details for critical seismic connections in New Zealand. A move, which will make steel fabrication more cost effective while ensuring adequate performance of the connection in service.
HERA: Avoid death by a thousand cuts and automate
18 September 2019: In this episode of HERA's Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with Professor Chris Cook, the Former Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Sydney, Australia.
Chris was involved with the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication - which delivers expertise, technology, equipment, and training in automating steel fabrication to help manufacturing businesses adapt and compete. Their knowledge and resources draw on decades of research-based welding and automation expertise and training.
Ground-breaking MRINZ study to transform asthma treatment
24 August 2019: MRINZ Director Prof Richard Beasley shares fantastic news about a recent MRINZ asthma study with Carly Flynn on her Weekend Life Show on Magic Talk Radio.
“One of the fantastic things about doing clinical research in New Zealand is that we have such support from the Asthma Community . . . we had 890 New Zealanders who volunteered and took part in this study for a twelve-month period.”
Malaghan Institute: Comedian David Downs wants to bring life-saving cancer treatment to NZ
4 August 2019: NewsTalk ZB - Life was going swimmingly for comedian, actor, business man David Downs until one day he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After 12 rounds of chemotherapy, Downs was told his cancer was terminal and given six months to live. He joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the treatment and his new book on his experience, A Mild Touch of the Cancer.
NZ at forefront of Earth observation tech
16 July 2019: What is Earth observation? And why is it important to New Zealand? Listen to Xerra Earth Observation Institute's Dr Moritz Lehmann, with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ Afternoons, talk about Earth observation (EO), and the value it brings to New Zealand and the world.
Lincoln Agritech's Dr Peter Carey on Rural Peport
23 May 2019: Dr Peter Carey from Lincoln Agritech was interviewed by Radio NZ on his research into using catch crops to mitigate nitrate leaching during winter forage grazing. Listen to his RNZ Rural Morning Report interview at 1.54’.
Best places to live in NZ: Livelihood vs liveability
20 November 2018: New research reveals what makes our towns and cities good places to live and do business - but we can't always have both. Kathryn Ryan talks to Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Principal Investigator on the Supporting success in regional settlements team, Arthur Grimes, a Senior Fellow at Motu Research.