Top science honour for Dame Anne Salmond
ANTHROPOLOGIST Dame Anne Salmond, of Gisborne, has been awarded New Zealand’s highest science honour, the Rutherford Medal.

Dame Anne, who is currently in Germany, was one of 11 outstanding New Zealand researchers to be awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2013 Research Honours event in Dunedin last night.

She will also receive $100,000 from the Government as part of her prize.

It is the first time in the award’s 22-year history it has gone to a social scientist and she is the third woman to receive the prestigious medal.

The award acknowledges Dame Anne, a distinguished professor at the University of Auckland, for her eminent work on Maori social structures and interactions with the European world, and on European exploration and engagement in the Pacific.

Her widely-acclaimed books have challenged thinking on cultural interaction in the Pacific, and deepened understanding of the individuals, social structures and political forces that collided in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in New Zealand.

President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Sir David Skegg, said it was important to recognise the achievements of New Zealand’s top scientists and scholars.

“These medallists have all made major advances in their varied fields — anthropology, architecture, engineering, biology, chemistry, sociology and physics. High-quality research in science, technology, and the humanities is vital for the economic and social advancement of New Zealand.”

Dame Anne is also the 2013 New Zealander of the Year.

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National HomeStart grants of up to $20,000 for couples to add to KiwiSaver savings used for a deposit on a new home. Special Housing Areas to fast track consenting process. Legislation to curb development contributions levied by councils on developments. Inquiry into building products supplier practices. RMA reform. Labour The KiwiBuild government-run $1.5 billion scheme to build 100,000 affordable new homes mostly in Auckland and Christchurch initially.A capital gains tax and controls on foreign investment in residential real estate to curb speculation. Force local authorities to ensure the release of new land for building with a national policy statement under theRMA. Greens A rent-to-buy scheme for families with children. Limits on house ownership by foreign non-residents. A capital gains tax excluding the family home and support for Labour’s KiwiBuild. NZ First Establish a new state agency to buy and sell land for residential developments. A 2% interest rate for five years for buyers of those sections but with houses built using normal bank finance. Restrict home ownership to "New Zealanders"only. Maori Party Kainga Whenua loan scheme providing 100% loans up to $200,000 to build, maintain and repair homes onmultipleownedMaori land. Available only to those people who have no other access to finance to build, relocate to or buy on their multiple-ownedMaori land. Internet-Mana Low-interest, no-deposit Maori Home Ownership Scheme for Maori first home buyers. Kiwibank Home Ownership Scheme with low-interest loans for specified low-and middle income individuals and families. Build 10,000 new state homes per year for rent and rent-to-own. Act Remove regulatory constraints on the supply of land for building by scrappingtheRMA.Amend the Bill of Rights to protect the right to own and use property as the owner sees fit to get rid of planning restrictions. United Future Allow families to capitalise their Working For Families entitlements for a year as a lump sum to help purchase their first home.Work in partnership with iwi to develop former Crown land for housing. Conservatives Tell owners of large "land banked" holdings to build homes within five years or face the government intervention. Allow higher-density housing.