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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

What’s that? Evaluating coastal ecosystem health using underwater soundscapes

As cities grow, so do impacts associated with noise. Using a novel approach, this project will evaluate Auckland’s coastal ecosystem health through the recording and analysis of underwater soundscapes.

Organised by

The University of Auckland

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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Aquavan Action... Connecting Catchment Communities with Coastal Health

The Aquavan will travel from sea to source, engaging new audiences and building community skill in environmental monitoring and knowledge mapping, expanding the 2018 project, ‘Aquavan... Discovering our Coastal Connections’.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Oceans
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$91,663.00 excl. GST (2019)
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Whakatōmene: Matiu Somes Island

Rangatahi will discover their passion for science by learning about ecology, conservation & marine biology, by comparing their own backyard to Matiu Somes Island.

Organised by

Hutt City Council

Project details

  • Wellington
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$11,060.87 excl. GST (2019)
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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)
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Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Motu

The project whānau will be exploring the characterisation and connectivity of taonga species inside and outside Tapuae Marine Reserve and Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area.

Organised by

Te Atiawa Iwi Charitable Trust

Taranaki Regional Council

Experiencing Marine Reserves schools.

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2018 - May 2019

Funding awarded

$19,969.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

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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