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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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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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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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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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National Biomechanics Day 2018

Expanded and extended for a second year, NZ National Biomechanics Day is celebrating the science of biomechanics with even more secondary students across New Zealand through an experiential learning day.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$89,234.00 excl. GST (2018)
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A Breath of Fresh Air

Students in Northland and South Auckland are learning about the air they breathe inside their classrooms and their home, and how to improve it.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Earth sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$82,200.00 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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