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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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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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Tūhono i te Ao

Inspiring Māori and Pacific students to pursue STEM subjects through creating activities that put Mātauranga Māori and Pacific culture at the centre of their learning experience.

Organised by

Te Rōpu Āwhina, Victoria University of Wellington

Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART)

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Nelson City
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Architecture

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$118,642.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Papa Taiao Predator Free Secondary

Innovative predator free courses will run with secondary school students in Wellington and Northland, integrated with the science and technology curriculum and NCEA, and tested for scale-up across New Zealand.

Organised by

Papa Taiao - Earthcare Active Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Wellington
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

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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QuakeCraft: Natural Hazard Resilient Housing

University of Canterbury

QuakeCraft: Earthquake Resilient Housing is a fun and innovative project based learning initiative, which encouraged year 10 students to design, build, customise, and test their own pop-up sustainable model house.

Organised by

University of Canterbury

Project details

  • Northland
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Canterbury
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$81,526.00 excl. GST (2017)
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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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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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