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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

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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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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Lab-in-a-Box 3: North Island

University of Otago

After taking the South Island by storm, the successful Lab-in-a-box team are now visiting the North Island! They are engaging schools and communities, seeding new citizen science projects and discussing future technologies for environmental management.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

April 2017 - March 2018

Funding awarded

$110,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Haeora: The Pollinators and The Pollinisers

This studies indigenous and introduced bees, along with engaging science, technology and mātauranga Maori to develop frameworks for healthy and sustainable human and environmental life.

Organised by

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Curious Kaipātiki

An inspirational mix of science and filmmaking. Scientists and youth together explore the natural environment of Auckland, and the youth turn this experience into short films for a community event.

Organised by

Gecko NZ Trust

Cubic Earth

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Creative arts
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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