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Science Around Us: from creeks to crayfish

Year 9 & 10 students at Gore High School are exploring the science of wetlands, water monitoring, and wai kōura (freshwater crayfish) through a collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and their kōura farming project.

Organised by

Gore High School

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$6,300.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Te Moeone - Growing for the Future

This project brings community gardeners together with horticulture science partners to raise community expertise in heirloom vegetable cultivation and make use of the local marae community-based garden.

Organised by

Ngāti Tawhirikura Hapū

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

November 2015 - June 2016

Funding awarded

$18,300.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Motu

The project whānau will be exploring the characterisation and connectivity of taonga species inside and outside Tapuae Marine Reserve and Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area.

Organised by

Te Atiawa Iwi Charitable Trust

Taranaki Regional Council

Experiencing Marine Reserves schools.

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2018 - May 2019

Funding awarded

$19,969.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Ka Hao te Rakatahi

Kāi Tahu rakatahi (young people) will learn how to monitor tuna (eel) numbers so that they can act as Kaitiaki (guardians) of the mahinga kai (food harvesting) resources of Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau.

Project details

  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology

Project duration

July 2018 - June 2019

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Te Hiku Noho Taiao Matariki

Tirairaka Limited

Highlighting perspectives of the taiao and science to encourage rangatahi interest and involvement in science and technology at school to stimulate thinking about their contribution as leaders/kaitiaki and to promote science career paths.

Organised by

Tirairaka Limited

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$20,775.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds