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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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Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth

University of Otago

Using children’s interest in animals and fossils to engage pupils from low decile Dunedin primary schools in a hands-on activity (making impressions of animal teeth) to stimulate interest in science and technology and contribute to better oral health.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Otago
  • Creative arts
  • Biology
  • Health

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$26,106.00 excl. GST (2016)
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SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

Engaging and exciting Maori youth (18 years and younger) through an outreach programme that introduces astronomical concepts, space travel, and physics to provide an exciting platform to engage our rangitahi.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Smart Gardens - Community Gardens with Smart Student Sensors

Waikato Institute of Technology

Local school students and community members will learn to apply Internet of Things (IoT) sensors measuring a range of factors, including soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, UV levels, rainfall, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction.

Organised by

Waikato Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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