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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

Engaging and exciting Maori youth (18 years and younger) through an outreach programme that introduces astronomical concepts, space travel, and physics to provide an exciting platform to engage our rangitahi.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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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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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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Lab-in-a-Box 3: North Island

University of Otago

After taking the South Island by storm, the successful Lab-in-a-box team are now visiting the North Island! They are engaging schools and communities, seeding new citizen science projects and discussing future technologies for environmental management.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

April 2017 - March 2018

Funding awarded

$110,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Indigenous Sparks: Equipping 100 Reaching 1000

PTC Trust

Working as and with a range of scientists, engineers and Information and Communication technologists across our regions, Year 9-11 rangatahi engage in an exciting hands-on discovery of science and development of novel innovation.

Organised by

PTC Trust

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$100,000.00 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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Kaitiakitanga Bioblitz

Koraunui School

What taonga are around us? What are their habitat needs? The students are discovering the range of native species in our local ecosystem, recording and investigating measures to both preserve these species and enhance their habitats.

Organised by

Koraunui School

Project details

  • Wellington
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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