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Genomics for Aotearoa New Zealand

We are a community of individuals and organisations with an interest in the improvement of peoples’ lives through the generation and sharing of knowledge. GFANZ is where society and genomics science meet.

Recent Activity

Te Ira Moana

Te Ao Māori at Ira Moana Workshop

Te Rangi Kaihoro delivered a presentation on Te Ao Māori to a group of early career researchers at the Ira Moana workshop in May. This presentation took the group on a journey from creation onwards and provided a foundation for conversations bridging Te Ao Māori and western science.
This presentation is available under the CC-BY 4.0 international license. Click on the image to download.
Photo Credit CEDA

Pint of Science 2019

Rob, Lisa, and Simon represented GFANZ at one of the Pint of Science evenings in Palmerston North in a session titled 'So, what do you do? GENOMICS!'
Rob and Wilson Karatea (an awesome local farmer) had a conversation about what genomics science is and how it is used in food production using beef steak as an example. Lisa took us through the application of genomic science in the commercialisation space, specifically around taonga species and benefits to Māori communities. Simon spoke about how he became a scientist. He shared his experience with the Kiwi Whakapapa Project. a Māori driven research programme.
Audio recordings of this event are available at Manawatū People's Radio.

GFANZ 2018 Recap

Much of the GFANZ activity in 2018 was centered around establishment and lots of work was done behind the scenes. These include the kinds of nut-and-bolts activities such as setting up a bank account and the membership management system. We did a number of educational and outreach activities including a conference talk on cloud bioinformatics, an address to the Palmerston North Rotary Club, the inaugural workshop for the Center for Entrepreneurial AgriTech in Canberra, a non-model species genomics workshop in Wellington, and a talk at the Molecular Ecology Conference. Along with ConSert, the University of Otago, and The Elshire Group, GFANZ organised and sponsored an Early Career Researchers Breakfast in conjunction with the MapNet workshop. Working with Catalyst Cloud we started building out a set of tools for automated, reproducible bioinformatics.

In early December, we held our first Annual General Meeting (AGM). This was done by a combination groups getting together in person and video conference links. In spite of a few technological hiccups, it was a great meeting. The members brought a lot of energy and ideas around what GFANZ might become in the coming years. A summary of this will be available on after our site update.

2019 Activities

GFANZ activity in 2019 started with a Strategic Planning Weekend in January held in Palmerston North. This brought the council together in person from Friday evening through Sunday mid-morning. Some of the local members joined in for planning and kai. The objective was to take the many discussions from 2018 and the input from the AGM and turn those into a strategic plan for 2019 and beyond. The following are the key high level items for this year.

Key administration activities for 2019
  • Develop a set of plain language slides to describe GFANZ
  • Register GFANZ as a charity
  • Create road map for the development of business and financial capability
  • Migrate the site to a new version of HubZero & do a major update of the content
  • Create road map for running events, networking, and workshops
  • Develop strategies for communication, membership, and fund raising
Key engagement activities for 2019
  • Encourage Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori in genomics
  • Hold Science and Technical events
  • Build a relationship with Genomics Aotearoa to increase mutual impact and avoid redundancy in our efforts
  • Establish global indigenous collaboration
  • Hold networking events for early career researchers
  • Develop cloud computing tools for genomics research

As we move through the year, there will be much more direct communication with the membership. These will include newsletters and notices on the site. These are intended to help you keep up to date with GFANZ activities and opportunities. At the same time, we will be rolling out ways that you can easily reach out to the council and connect with one another.


2020 is shaping up to be a great year for GFANZ! Show your support by becoming a member now.