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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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Sediment and Seashores, what are the consequences?

Schools, local groups and scientists are monitoring sites, collecting data and photographing marine communities in the Otago Harbour area. Over time this will show any changes to the species and habitats after dredging.

Organised by

University of Otago - Department of Marine Science

Project details

  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

November 2015 - September 2016

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Project Ultra: Pekapeka in Purangi

Local rural schoolchildren explore the Long Tailed Bat population in Eastern Taranaki hill country to try and what is affecting the bats' preferred habitats and what impact human activity has on on these habitats.

Organised by

East Taranaki Environment Trust

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Conservation

Project duration

November 2015 - April 2016

Funding awarded

$17,733.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform