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May 03

AGM invitation

Featuring Disinguished Professor Roy Kerr as guest speaker.
When:  6:30pm, Monday 20th May
Where: Club Mt Maunganui, 45 Kawaka St

Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr
is to become a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), for his exceptional contributions to science, placing him among the world’s most eminent scientists. Professor Kerr has been in the news recently after astronomers captured the first image of a black hole, proving his 56-year-old solution correct.

Back in 1963, before advanced computers existed, with pen and paper Professor Kerr achieved what had eluded others for nearly half a century, solving some of the most difficult equations of physics by hand. He found the exact solution of Albert Einstein’s equations that describe rotating black holes.

We are delighted Professor Kerr will present a brief overview of his work at our AgM and would love you to join us.
A light supper will be served from 6:15pm
RSVP by May 13th to lin.pickard@houseofscience.nz or phone 0508 HOU SCI



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Jan 04

We’re Hiring: Office Administrator

Employer:      House of Science NZ

Location:        Central Tauranga

Terms:            Permanent, Part-time (25 hrs/week, flexible)

Salary:             Negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience

Reports to:     House of Science NZ CEO

Have you got what is takes to be our next office whiz?

About us:

The House of Science is a charitable trust with a vision of raising scientific literacy. We develop and assembles science resource kits for primary schools. Our kits are used in over 200 schools. This role is based at our national head office which is MS 365 based, so proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel and SharePoint would be desirable. Our organisation uses ‘Xero’ and ‘Tidy Enterprise’ software.

About you:

To thrive in this role, you will have a positive outlook, be a team player and a fast learner. Relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential, but experience in a similar role is expected. You will be very confident with Xero or similar financial software, and a good communicator. Experience in or an understanding of the not-for-profit sector would be helpful.

Tasks:

  • Administer financial-related tasks for the organisation
    • Perform budget and payroll transactions
    • Maintain accurate financial records for tax-related purposes
    • Monitor and action all grant financial accountability reports
  • Oversee project workflow
    • Administer projects and orders with the help of our online management system
  • Administer suppliers and stock:
    • Procure, negotiate, and contract for necessary supplies, goods and materials
    • Request quotes and evaluate results to select appropriate suppliers
    • Track inventory and purchases with the help of our online management system
    • collaborate with and support other staff as needed

Skills:

Be proficient in the above tasks while providing excellent customer service and act professionally while interacting with suppliers, staff and volunteers. Plus:

  • work well independently
  • computer literate
  • have excellent problem-solving skills
  • have an excellent eye for detail
  • have advanced bookkeeping knowledge, reconcile accounting records, and correct discrepancies
  • work well under pressure and to shifting financial circumstances
  • use the organisation’s resources efficiently

Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a brief CV (no more than 3 pages) to chris.duggan@houseofscience.nz before 5pm Jan 18th 2019

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa



Jan 04

We’re Hiring: Business Manager

Employer:      House of Science NZ

Location:        Central Tauranga

Terms:            Permanent, Full-time

Salary:             Negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience

Reports to:    House of Science NZ CEO

We have an opportunity for a passionate Business Manager to join the team at our head office in Tauranga.  This is an exciting role which has been established to assist the growing number of regional centres in implementing sustainable business practises and to offer guidance and advice at an operational level. This role involves some travel within New Zealand.

About us:

House of Science is a charitable trust with a vision of raising scientific literacy. This role is based at our national head office where we support a growing number of regions delivering science resources to primary and intermediate schools. Our office is MS 365 based, so proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel and SharePoint would be desirable.

About you:

To thrive in this role, you will have a positive outlook, be a team player and a fast learner. Relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential, but experience in a similar role is expected. You will be a confident and competent communicator across a wide range of platforms. You can handle stress while keeping a positive attitude and have excellent customer service skills. You can deal with conflict in a professional manner and can follow through on projects with little to no supervision. Experience in or an understanding of the not-for-profit sector would be extremely helpful.

Tasks:

  • Offer strategic business advice and guidance to regional centres
  • Monitor performance of the regional centres and work with the CEO to resolve any issues
  • Create, build, and maintain the image (professionally, publicly, and socially) of the organisation
  • Create and execute projects, coordinate events (in collaboration with the CEO)
  • Develop internal and external communications strategies

Skills:

Be proficient in the above tasks while providing excellent customer service and act professionally while interacting with partners, staff and volunteers. Plus:

  • work well independently
  • computer literate
  • have excellent problem-solving skills
  • have an excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • positive attitude
  • full, clean NZ driver’s licence

Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a brief CV (no more than 3 pages) to chris.duggan@houseofscience.nz before 5pm Jan 18th 2019

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa



Oct 19

Training the next generation of Stink Bug Hunters

This week KiwiFruit Vine Health (KVH) helped bring biosecurity alive for groups of intermediate students taking part in the Creepy Crawlies Meets Primary Production project.

For two field-days, students were introduced to kiwifruit and avocados as great industries and future career options and were shown science and technology at work. Grading and packing, checking out pests under microscopes, and learning about drone spraying taught students what it takes to produce and sell an export crop. These activities were built on Curious Minds modules developed by Scion and House of Science.

See http://www.kvh.org.nz/newsroom/id/1669 for more details



Oct 08

Introducing Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital

Keeping bad bugs and devastating foreign animal and plant diseases out of our region is everyone’s business.

A new partnership, Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), aims to counter these threats through community collaboration. It is the first partnership of its kind in New Zealand.

Biosecurity (protecting against unwanted organisms) matters to anyone who likes to harvest kaimoana from the sea, walk in native forest or eat New Zealand-grown produce. It affects us if we want to earn a living or operate a business. Our economy and lifestyle depend on the health of our land and sea.

One biosecurity breach could threaten an entire species of birds or trees. It could harm our environment, health, our livelihoods and our cultural identity, affecting us and future generations. It would hit ports, tourism, horticulture and farms – everyone from gardeners to chief executives.

House of Science is proud to be part of the TMBC initiative – launching on October 16 – which brings together councils, iwi, government, science, education and business representatives for the first time, to lead and take action towards biosecurity excellence. We hope to show other New Zealand communities how to work together to guard what is precious to us and we are part of a national campaign, Ko Tatou This Is Us.



Aug 10

Watch a resource kit video

Chris unpacks the ESR ‘Who-Diddit’ kit to show how each resource kit is full of incredible resources and teacher support materials. AND it’s all bi-lingual! Click here to check it out.



Aug 08

Invasion Busters board games makes it onto the news!

We recently worked with AgResearch Scientist and board game enthusiast John Kean on a new Biosecurity Resource kit. The Invasion Busters board game is part of this kit.

Check out the video

 



Jun 21

Annual report published

The first annual report for the House of Science NZ Charitable trust was published recently, and presented at the A.G.M. in Tauranga. Click on the image to see a PDF copy of the report.