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The Manawatū Branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi is a regional
constituent organisation of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Our aim is to
publicise science (in the broadest sense), technology and the humanities
and provide interesting and topical talks for our members and the public of
the Manawatū. All our talks are free and the public are invited to attend. The
Branch is registered with the Charities Commission (CC44182).

  • Monthly public meetings are held at the Palmerston North City
    Library. Some are combined with other societies.
  • A monthly newsletter giving members details of meetings and
    selected local news items. Members may choose to receive this
    electronically or as printed copy.
  • The Manawatū Lecture, our annual prestigious lecture describing an
    aspect of science relevant to the historical and future development of
    the Manawatu.
  •  Regular assistance with, and prizes for, the Manawatū Science &
    Technology Fair.
  • The Council makes nominations for appropriate awards.
    Encouraging members to adhere to the Royal Society Te Apārangi
    Code of Ethics.

Membership is open to any person who is interested in the objectives of
Royal Society Te Apārangi Manawatū Branch. No scientific or professional
qualification is necessary. If you would like to join the Manawatū Branch of
the Royal Society Te Apārangi, please complete the form below and email it
to the Branch at

Mail: RS MB, PO Box 5277, Terrace End, Palmerston North 4441.

Members of RS Manawatū Branch Inc are regarded as ‘associate members’
of Royal Society Te Apārangi and may receive special offers. They can also
join the national body as professional members, by contacting the national

Meeting 19 JUly 2022: Planetary limits: How academics are responding to the global ecological crisis

Planetary limits: How academics are responding to the global ecological crisis

7.30 pm Tuesday, 19 July, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street,

Palmerston North

The challenges posed by humanity’s ever-increasing material and energy use and its impacts on planetary systems – most notably climate and biodiversity – are hardly new or unknown. They have been intensely studied in many disciplines for decades. But as we enter a new phase characterised by widespread and obvious impacts, and continue rushing headlong into a minefield studded with points of no return, many academics around the world have concluded that current approaches are woefully insufficient and that something new is needed.

Robert McLachlan is Distinguished Professor in Applied Mathematics, Massey University, and writes on climate and environmental issues at planetaryecology.or