Apart from the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's highest science prize, 11 other prestigious medals have been awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
University of Auckland physiologist and bioengineer Simon Malpas has been awarded the Pickering Medal for his development and commercialisation of implantable wireless sensors that monitor physiological processes in the body.
NIWA's Rob Murdoch has been awarded the Thomson medal for his contribution to the development of environmental science in New Zealand.
University of Otago geneticist Peter Dearden has been awarded the Callaghan Medal for his achievements in science communication and outreach.
Clinician and scientist Alistair Jan Gunn, at the Liggins Institute, has been awarded the MacDiarmid Medal for his research into using brain cooling to prevent brain injury in babies who experience low oxygen at birth.
University of Auckland's Marston Conder has been awarded the Hector medal for his outstanding contribution to mathematics.
David Vere‐Jones has been awarded the Jones Medal to recognise his lifetime achievement in statistics, both for his revolutionary research on modelling earthquakes and his teaching of statistics and mathematics in New Zealand.
Mason Durie Medal
University of Otago archaeologist Charles Higham has been awarded the Mason Durie Medal for his work to understand social change in Southeast Asia over three millennia.
Sir Charles Hercus Medal
Parry Guilford of the University of Otago has been awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for his ground‐breaking work that established the gene mutation that can lead to stomach cancer in families with the mutation.
Dame Joan Metge Medal
Alison Jones, at the University of Auckland, has been awarded the Dame Joan Metge Medal for her significant impact on education in New Zealand – both research and practice, particularly for Māori, Pacific and women’s education.
Humanities Aronui Medal
Brian Boyd from the University of Auckland has been awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal for his wide‐ranging contribution to the humanities, including his work on Russian‐American novelist Vladimir Nabokov.
Pou Aronui Award
Lydia Wevers, at Victoria University of Wellington, has been awarded the Pou Aronui Award for dedication to promoting the study and enjoyment of New Zealand’s literature, history, arts and culture.