Ngā Pī Ka Rere – Early Careers Network

The future of our science system, and our country, depends on those who come after us. That’s why BioHeritage is investing in the next generation.


Ngā Pī Ka Rere early careers network was established in 2019 to ensure our early career professionals have all the support they need to flourish in their chosen careers. The group intentionally don’t use the common term ‘early career researchers’ to recognise diverse career pathways within the science system. They want to enable those starting, or restarting, their careers to not feel restricted to traditional research pathways.

Other goals of the group include setting up a mentorship programme, building leadership capability within our ‘fledglings’, and offering financial support and networking opportunities that might not otherwise be available.

Co-leads Helen, Symon and Aisling are embracing the values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and whakapapa: connecting early careers, advocating for them, and recognising the interconnected and intergenerational nature of our country’s science system.

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Co-leads from left: Aisling Rayne (Te Pūnaha Matatini), Symon Palmer (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington) and Helen Warbuton (University of Canterbury).

Coming Soon

The team are currently planning monthly webinars that will offer networking and professional development opportunities such as research reporting, science communication and much more.

  • A writing retreat in Canterbury.
  • Regional networking events.

Get Involved

Please join us if:

  • You’re involved in a BioHeritage National Science Challenge or Ngā Rākau Taketake project; AND
  • You’re a student, or it’s been less than 10 years since you graduated.
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