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Kava Tonga: are there long lasting negative effects?

Is drinking Kava Tonga affecting the life of middle aged men in the Tonga Community in Auckland? Senior school students investigate and evaluate the current literature on kava, learning about the research process and environment along the way.

Organised by

Pupunga Taiamoni Tongan Community Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Health

Project duration

October 2015 - February 2016

Funding awarded

$15,400.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Can biofuel drive a go-kart?

Can students create an effective bioreactor system to grow algae and use it as an alternative fuel source? This project aims to investigate possible solutions to some major environmental issues.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Z Energy

EVolocity

BANZ

The University of Auckland

NXT Fuels

Manukau Beautification Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Engineering
  • Conservation
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

March 2018 - November 2018

Funding awarded

$16,850.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Bug Alert!

Has a change in wetland vegetation resulted in a change in the abundance and diversity of aquatic macro –invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates?

Organised by

East Taranaki Environment Trust

Taranaki Regional Council

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2018 - May 2019

Funding awarded

$17,120.42 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Down the Drain

The project team will examine mitigating the effects of storm water from 3 major drains on the water quality of Lake Wanaka using restoration science and further targeted monitoring and education.

Organised by

The Touchstone Project

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

July 2018 - June 2019

Funding awarded

$17,363.00 excl. GST (2018)
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

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