Recent NPM Board Member, University of Auckland Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori) and former Children's Commissioner Professor Cynthia Kiro has been appointed Ahorangi - Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Cindy Kiro (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine) is a long time NPM researcher and supporter, contributing at various levels to NPM over the years. Her recent focus at the University of Auckland has been on developing a positive Māori profile and a Te Reo Māori Strategy within and for the university as well as helping develop Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community.
Commenting on her appointment Professor Kiro said that now is "the time for staged, considered advice about science, research, mātauranga and rangahau" and that she is "excited to see how that knowledge can be used to better inform what we do and to inform the public.”
NPM's congratulations go to Professor Kiro in her new role. We are all very excited to see what she will bring to the organisation as the latest in a long line of influential Royal Society Te Apārangi leaders.
Also of note is the appointment last week of two long time contributors to NPM as Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions of Royal Society Te Apārangi. NPM Tohunga and Researcher Dr Tā Tīmoti Kāretu was recognised by the Society for his supreme efforts in revitalising te reo Māori. At the same time an early leader of NPM, Rauru Kirikiri was recognised by Te Apārangi for his groundbreaking work in embedding mātauranga Māori into science across Crown Research Institutes and universities, and for bringing te ao Māori perspectives into tertiary education and beyond.