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Double win for Taranaki projects
Teachers and students at Mimi School and Auroa School in Taranaki have received awards for their community-led research projects.
The two schools - who have been involved in multiple projects supported by the Taranaki Participatory Science Platform (PSP) - were presented with two of three Environmental Action in Education awards at the 2020 Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards last week.
At Mimi School, students and teachers won their award for "empowering students to take action to build a sustainable community through an amazing array of environmental projects" in partnership with Ngāti Mutunga kaitiaki.
The students and teachers at Mimi have taken part in projects that enrich their cultural as well as scientific knowledge, including monitoring sea animals, frogs, estuaries and important papa (clay) sites in Taranaki.
Auroa School Principal Myles Webb and students earned their award for "outstanding effort developing innovative pest animal trapping technologies to improve trapping methods and practices".
The team at Auroa is developing innovative sound-based lures to make trapping more effective and efficient at catching pests like possums, stoats, ferrets and rats, which are harming native birds. The original aim of Auroa School's project was to protect whio populations nearby but this work has attracted nationwide interest, with trials now running across the region.
Josh Richardson, who manages the Taranaki PSP at Venture Taranaki, says he was "really happy to see all the hard work put in by the school staff and students being recognised with these awards.
"It’s also a credit to the wider project teams who have developed and led such amazing initiatives. This is the kind of work Curious Minds and Venture Taranaki is proud to support – scientific enquiry leading to positive action."