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Understanding rusts – fungal invaders of Aotearoa

Students will learn how scientists work with biosecurity threats in Aotearoa, comparing myrtle rust with other rust fungi, discovering fungal life cycles and concepts about research into unwanted plant diseases.

Organised by

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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Science Around Us: from creeks to crayfish

Year 9 & 10 students at Gore High School are exploring the science of wetlands, water monitoring, and wai kōura (freshwater crayfish) through a collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and their kōura farming project.

Organised by

Gore High School

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$6,300.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Investigation: Īnanga

Christchurch schools and Early Learning Centres investigate īnanga spawning habitats and how to help increase their numbers.

Organised by

Avon-Otakaro Network Incorporated

Project details

  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - September 2018

Funding awarded

$22,370.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Tamariki moana, children of the sea

Students are investigating marine ecosystems and taonga species by engaging in hands-on, in-water surveys that combine localised mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), science and snorkelling.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Creepy crawlies meet primary education

Students from 20 schools across the Bay of Plenty are engaging in science and technology through practical hands-on learning about pest management and biosecurity in the primary industries.

Organised by

New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Aquavan - discovering our coastal connections

Travelling along southern NZ waterways, the Aquavan will immerse young minds in marine science, awaken curiosity with encounters with marine critters and investigate how actions upstream affect the coastal environment.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$66,330.00 excl. GST (2018)
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