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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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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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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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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)
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Tamariki moana, children of the sea

Students are investigating marine ecosystems and taonga species by engaging in hands-on, in-water surveys that combine localised mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), science and snorkelling.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Experiencing Marine Reserves: Te Kura Moana.

Creating marine-based learning environments; Te Kura Moana. This project encapsulates Te Ao Māori, bringing together oral histories, cultural mapping and Mātauranga Māori to explore and inform kaitiakitanga of our oceans

Organised by

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project details

  • Wellington
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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