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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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

Inspiring Pacific children, their families and communities through hands on and interactive science activities that look at what we eat and how we move impacts us and what impact small changes can make to having a healthy lifestyle.

Organised by

NZ International Science Festival

Project details

  • Otago
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health
  • Biology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$7,773.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Investigating air quality with under-fives

Can we develop a tool to measure air quality that will be interesting and understandable by children under five years of age? Early childhood education centres in South Auckland are working with scientists on this challenge.

Organised by

Good Seeds Children's Centre

Agape Aoga Amata

Puna O le Atamai Aoga Amata

Le Malelega Lotu Talapa

Akaiti Mangarongaro Punanga Reo Preschool

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

October 2015 - December 2015

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

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