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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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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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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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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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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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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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