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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)
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Investigation: Īnanga

Christchurch schools and Early Learning Centres investigate īnanga spawning habitats and how to help increase their numbers.

Organised by

Avon-Otakaro Network Incorporated

Project details

  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - September 2018

Funding awarded

$22,370.00 excl. GST (2018)
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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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Whitebait Connection: Te Reo Māori

This project will expand the new Whitebait Connection National Īnanga (whitebait) Spawning Programme into early childhood centres and kura kaupapa through developing new resources in Te Reo Māori and Te Whariki curriculum.

Organised by

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment
  • Oceans

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$149,358.07 excl. GST (2017)
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Indigenous Sparks: Equipping 100 Reaching 1000

PTC Trust

Working as and with a range of scientists, engineers and Information and Communication technologists across our regions, Year 9-11 rangatahi engage in an exciting hands-on discovery of science and development of novel innovation.

Organised by

PTC Trust

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$100,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Karioi Education Program

Engaging young people in hands-on conservation and environmental science through place based experiential learning based around Mt Karioi (Raglan) with a focus on water, land and sea.

Organised by

A Rocha Aotearoa NZ

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$11,380.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Lab-in-a-Box 2: The country taking on science

University of Otago

The successful Lab-in-a-box team are visiting more remote communities and new audiences, engaging these communities on the key scientific issues of importance, and getting them involved in a citizen science water quality programme.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$137,821.00 excl. GST (2016)
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