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Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa

Landcare Research

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa is citizen science that aims to engage teachers, tamariki (children), and whanau with moths, ecology and how science is conducted and connected to everyday life.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Biology

Project duration

February 2017 - April 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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He Waka He Tangata

Te Toki Voyaging Trust sails on a Polynesian waka with a team of celestial navigators and marine scientists to promote science to remote coastal communities in the North Island.

Organised by

Te Toki Voyaging Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Ecology

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Whitebait Connection: Te Reo Māori

This project will expand the new Whitebait Connection National Īnanga (whitebait) Spawning Programme into early childhood centres and kura kaupapa through developing new resources in Te Reo Māori and Te Whariki curriculum.

Organised by

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project details

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

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$149,358.07 excl. GST (2017)
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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)
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Hello Café: Engineering with a Human Touch

Massey University

Providing relaxed, funky, inspiring, collaborative spaces facilitated by professional women engineers for girls aged 10 to 13 year to develop engineering solutions for problems faced by communities around the world.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Engineering
  • Technology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$132,163.00 excl. GST (2016)
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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)
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Mānuka Chemistry in the Community

University of Otago

Students across all New Zealand are extracting chemicals from their local mānuka trees, which work as natural weedkillers and antibacterials, and then looking at how these chemicals vary between mānuka trees growing in different parts of New Zealand.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health

Project duration

March 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$99,818.00 excl. GST (2017)
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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)
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From Africa to Aotearoa - the Longest Journey

University of Otago

Through their own DNA analyses, teachers can demonstrate the value of DNA for studying human migrations. Their students, through video-recording, can celebrate and share their own family journeys to Aotearoa.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Genetics

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$89,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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