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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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Tamariki moana, children of the sea

Students are investigating marine ecosystems and taonga species by engaging in hands-on, in-water surveys that combine localised mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), science and snorkelling.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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RoboPā 2018

RoboPā 2018 is a portable maker-space encouraging Māori rangatahi and emerging kaiako to embrace computational thinking practices, scientific approaches and technological innovation.

Organised by

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$102,610.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Tohu o te wā – Hangarau pūtaiao

Tohu o te wā fuses science and technology to enable meaningful engagement from tamariki and rangatahi (Māori youth), through the development of a mātauranga pūtaiao mobile application.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Tūhono i te Ao

Inspiring Māori and Pacific students to pursue STEM subjects through creating activities that put Mātauranga Māori and Pacific culture at the centre of their learning experience.

Organised by

Te Rōpu Āwhina, Victoria University of Wellington

Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART)

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Nelson City
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Architecture

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$118,642.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Haeora: The Pollinators and The Pollinisers

This studies indigenous and introduced bees, along with engaging science, technology and mātauranga Maori to develop frameworks for healthy and sustainable human and environmental life.

Organised by

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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