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Far From Frozen: Antarctica & Us

Otago Museum Trust Board

Building on New Zealand’s strong connection to and passion for Antarctic exploration and conservation to inspire young New Zealanders, engage their families, and demonstrate the influence of Antarctica on climate and sea-levels.

Organised by

Otago Museum

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Earth sciences
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$114,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Mana Aotūroa

Mana Aotūroa reaches out into the community to encourage and inspire young children in bilingual education units across the wider Auckland region to have a better engagement with and understanding of natural science and technology.

Organised by

Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$56,600.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Whitebait Connection

Schools and community groups work with scientists to plan and implement ground-breaking new research into locating and restoring īnanga (whitebait) spawning areas in five regions throughout New Zealand.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment
  • Conservation

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$148,400.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Winning the War against Weeds

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Working with Enviro-schools and whanau to discover which weeds occur in four under-collected areas: Auckland, the ‘Weed capital of the world’, Gisborne, Wellington’s Kapiti Coast and South Island’s West Coast.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • West Coast
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$92,800.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Investigating air quality with under-fives

Can we develop a tool to measure air quality that will be interesting and understandable by children under five years of age? Early childhood education centres in South Auckland are working with scientists on this challenge.

Organised by

Good Seeds Children's Centre

Agape Aoga Amata

Puna O le Atamai Aoga Amata

Le Malelega Lotu Talapa

Akaiti Mangarongaro Punanga Reo Preschool

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

October 2015 - December 2015

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Kava Tonga: are there long lasting negative effects?

Is drinking Kava Tonga affecting the life of middle aged men in the Tonga Community in Auckland? Senior school students investigate and evaluate the current literature on kava, learning about the research process and environment along the way.

Organised by

Pupunga Taiamoni Tongan Community Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Health

Project duration

October 2015 - February 2016

Funding awarded

$15,400.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform