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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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Ngā Waihotanga Iho: rural student outreach

Unitec Institute of Technology

Delivering estuary monitoring instruction to high school students from the rural Kaipara district by linking western science (the toolkit) and traditional knowledge (kaitiakitanga) in an engaging and relevant way.

Organised by

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Piloting the Otago Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Otago Central Rail Trial Trust

Creating a 100 million to one scale model of our Solar System on the Otago Central Rail Trail which will be transformed into an outdoor classroom where visitors, communities and young people can learn and be inspired by science and technology.

Organised by

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Space

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$24,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Sci-tech Fest

Catalyst Charitable Trust

Engaging Queenstown students in science and technology by supporting them to investigate a topic of their choice, focussed around “Future Queenstown”, culminating in a week long sci-tech festival in September 2016.

Project details

  • Otago
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$8,495.00 excl. GST (2016)
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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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