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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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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

Lab-in-a-Box 2: The country taking on science

University of Otago

The successful Lab-in-a-box team are visiting more remote communities and new audiences, engaging these communities on the key scientific issues of importance, and getting them involved in a citizen science water quality programme.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$137,821.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Sediment and Seashores, what are the consequences?

Schools, local groups and scientists are monitoring sites, collecting data and photographing marine communities in the Otago Harbour area. Over time this will show any changes to the species and habitats after dredging.

Organised by

University of Otago - Department of Marine Science

Project details

  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

November 2015 - September 2016

Funding awarded

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