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Possums and Pythagoras: How mathematics helps solve New Zealand’s pest mammal problem

By collecting, analysing and mapping their own GPS data during an interactive field trip, students learn how mathematics helps us understand animal ecology resulting in effective control of pest mammals.

Organised by

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Project details

  • Canterbury
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Conservation
  • Ecology

Project duration

February 2019 - November 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Tai Moana, Tai Ora – A Community Approach to Marine Sustainability and Resilience through Science

'Tai Moana, Tai Ora' will engage with tamariki of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Parehuia in their natural marine science environment to determine the health of their environment.

Organised by

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited

Project details

  • Hawkes Bay
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Understanding rusts – fungal invaders of Aotearoa

Students will learn how scientists work with biosecurity threats in Aotearoa, comparing myrtle rust with other rust fungi, discovering fungal life cycles and concepts about research into unwanted plant diseases.

Organised by

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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

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

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