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Lux light festival

Bigger and brighter than ever in 2017, LUX will showcase a fantastical array of light sculptures that wind their way through the city.

Five new precincts will feature a broad range of outstanding nationally and internationally recognised artists, designers and architects, alongside an array of activities and performance.

Unique on the world stage will be the all new Te Aō Marama precinct featuring a programme of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori light artists and performers.

As the gateway to winter, LUX invites audiences to bundle up and bask in the glow of Wellington.

LUX

Where:

Wellington's waterfront and laneways
Wellington

When:

Fri 12 May 2017 - Sun 21 May 2017

Who for:

Everyone

Wellington

Space and Science Festival

Activity, Festival

May 20th – The Art of Night with Mark Gee

Late night event focused on Astrophotography with award winning local Astrophotographer Mark Gee.

Red Rocks Reserve, Wellington; 7pm until late (weather dependent)

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Where:

Red rocks
Wellington

When:

Sat 20 May

Who for:

Everyone

Wellington

Hutt STEMM Festival

Activity, Festival

The Hutt STEMM Festival is your chance to discover the incredible things being made in the region.

The festival educates, inspires and showcases the Hutt Valley's strengths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM).

This is the third annual festival, which consists of two weeks of events run by a wide array of local businesses and organisations, across different locations, with the majority being interactive and free.

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Where:

Lower Hutt
Wellington

When:

Sat 6 - Sun 21 May

Who for:

Everyone

Wellington

Ask me a question: Space/Astronomy

Activity

Until October, primary school students (up to Year 8) have the opportunity to have our experts answer their questions! Each month there is a different topic, ranging from space/astronomy to globalisation.

Our experts will then select two questions per week to answer, and these will be posted on the Royal Society of New Zealand website and sent out to schools around the country.

For June, the topic is...

Space and Astronomy

For this, your question can be about your question could be about planets, stars, space travel and so on.

Examples could be: 'How does a star twinkle?’ or ‘Why does the Moon look like a crescent?’

Send your questions by 24 May to make sure they're in the bag in time for the experts to choose from!

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Where:

Online
NZ wide (only)

When:

Send your question by Wed 24 May

Who for:

Primary school children

NZ wide (only)

Maths Craft Day

Activity

Come along and knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami tetrahedron or colour a Latin square.

Enthusiastic volunteers will make you feel at home no matter what your age or background!

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Where:

The Arts Centre, Christchurch
Canterbury

When:

Sun 18 Jun

Who for:

Everyone

Canterbury

National Volunteer Week

Citizen Science, Activity

‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteering.

Find out how to volunteer on conservation projects through DOC

NationalVolunteerweek

Where:

Everywhere
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 18 - Sat 24 June

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

NZTA Future Transport competition

Competition

Think like citizens of the future and investigate challenges and opportunities in transport in New Zealand.

Create solutions, raise questions or explore possibilities for the future.

Present your ideas for future transport (local or New Zealand-wide) as either a game or a narrative (which could be a story, photo essay, video, digital presentation etc).

For tips on entering, check out the competition on Facebook.

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Where:

Online
NZ wide (only)

When:

Fri 30 Jun, 5pm deadline

Who for:

Students in Years 1–13, in teams of 3 or more.

NZ wide (only)

Jane Goodall tour

Talk/Show

Dr. Jane Goodall will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which - after 40 years - continues her pioneering research at Gombe, and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and other wildlife.

Dr. Goodall also began Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global programme that empowers young people to identify issues in their local communities or worldwide, and truly help to make a difference for people, animals and the environment we all share.

In her talk, Dr. Goodall will discuss the current threats facing the planet and her five reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

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Where:

Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 25 Jun - Sat 1 Jul

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

C-Prize wearable tech competition

Competition

Can you come up with the next big thing in wearable technology - something that can turn an industry on its head?

Callaghan Innovation runs the C-Prize competition every two years. The challenge is to come up with technology solutions that deliver solutions to real industry problems.

The challenge has 3 themes: Live Healthier, Work Safer and Play Smarter. You can choose to participate in one or more of the challenges.

Up to 10 finalist teams will each be awarded a NZ$35,000 prize package. The grand-prize winner will be awarded a NZ$100,000 prize package.

Entries close Sunday 2 July.

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Where:

Online, Auckland, Wellington
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 2 Jul - entry deadline

Who for:

16 years & up

NZ wide (only)

Neil deGrasse Tyson - A Cosmic Perspective

Talk/Show

Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson is in New Zealand for the first time! 

A Cosmic Perspective will see the most famous face in modern science perform in Auckland, which will include a personal presentation by Dr Tyson himself, a fire-side chat with a local personality, and an audience Q&A session to finish. 

Dr deGrasse Tyson is an expert on star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way; as well as being a best-selling author, an Emmy Award winner, the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, and once named “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive”.

He will guide Kiwi audiences on a trip across the cosmos, and help attempt to make sense of some of our biggest questions.

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Where:

Spark Arena
Auckland

When:

Sun 9 Jul

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

BioLive - ChemEd 2017 Conference

Workshop, Talk/Show

BioLive-ChemEd 2017 is the tandem biennial conference for primary, secondary and tertiary biology and chemistry educators run by the Biology Educators Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) and New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC). Both organisations are part of The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) . 

Following the success of 2015, this biennial conference combines chemistry and biology educators for a second event, this time in Cambridge from Monday the 10th to Wednesday the 12th of July.

 

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Where:

St Peter's School, Cambridge
Waikato

When:

Mon 10 - Wed 12 Jul

Who for:

Educators

Waikato

Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound

Exhibition

In winter 2014 and summer 2015, two separate expeditions into southern Fiordland transported 26 New Zealand artists to the waters of Tamatea.

Their task: to connect people with this very special area and offer a window into a largely unseen environment.

This exhibition provides the opportunity for you to see, hear and explore Tamatea through their eyes.

Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound includes over 50 original works by some of New Zealand’s most significant artists, and emerging talent.

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Where:

Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Anau
Southland

When:

Mon 15 May - Fri 14 Jul

Who for:

Everyone

Southland

Dr Graham's Blow Up Science

Talk/Show

Can you really launch marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, make rockets from common household items, or launch teddy bears using liquid nitrogen?

Prepare yourself for some seriously mind-bending science, as Dr Graham - visiting New Zealand from Australia - explodes his way through the chemistry and physics of things that go bubble, boom, bang and occasionally catch on fire!

Auckland - Vodafone Events Centre
1pm - 2pm Monday 17 July | Register

Whangarei - Forum North
11:30am - 12:30pm Tuesday 18 July | Register

Christchurch - University of Canterbury
11:30am - 12:30pm Wednesday 19 July | Register
9am - 10am Wednesday 19 July  | Register (extra show)

Greymouth - Greymouth High School Hall
11am – 12pm Thursday 20 July | Register

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Where:

Auckland, Whangerei, Christchurch, Greymouth
NZ wide (only)

When:

Mon 17 - Thu 20 July

Who for:

Everyone; especially young children

NZ wide (only)

Otago Wildlife Photography exhibition

Competition, Exhibition

See the winners of the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition displayed in Otago Museum.

Over 2,200 entries were received in the following categories:

Animal
Plant
Pets
Night skies
Human impact on the environment
Wildlife in action (video)

Vote for which you think should receive the People’s Choice award using the touchscreens in the exhibition.

The winner will be announced towards the end of the exhibition.

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Where:

Otago Museum, Dunedin
Otago

When:

Until Sun 23 July

Who for:

Everyone

Otago

Da Vinci Robots & Machines

Exhibition

Terminator, The Matrix, Wall-E, Get Smart … we’ve always been fascinated with gadgets, robots and machines.  We to think of it as a 21st century construct, yet the earliest conceptualisation of robots go as back as the 4th century BC. One of the first recorded designs of a humanoid robot was made by artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

Nelson Provincial Museum will be showcasing Da Vinci’s genius with an exhibition of some of his most ground-breaking technologies in the award-winning Da Vinci Machines exhibition.

The exhibit brings to life 80 Italian handcrafted machines including armoured tanks, a mechanical lion, robotic drummer, flying machines and a bicycle. A replica of Da Vinci’s enigmatic painting Mona Lisa will also be on display.

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Where:

Nelson Provincial Museum
Nelson City

When:

Until Sun 13 Aug

Who for:

Everyone

Nelson City

Conservation Week 2017

The theme for this year's Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It's about encouraging New Zealanders to get out into nature and become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their health and wellbeing.

Conservation Week gives you the opportunity to celebrate the natural environment and make a connection with your local special places. There are heaps of special places in New Zealand that you can visit all year round with your family and friends.

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Where:

Everywhere
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Oct

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

Prof Brian Cox

Talk/Show

An Evening of Scientific Phenomena with special guest, Robin Ince.

Professor Brian Cox is one of the world’s foremost communicator of all thing scientific. His innate ability to make highly complex matters entertaining and easy to contemplate has made his scientific television shows groundbreaking in their audience reach and accessibility.

Brian Cox is presenting an all-new live stage show. Joining Brian on stage will be British comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince, Brian’s co-host on The Infinite Monkey Cage radio show.

Professor Brian Cox OBE is a British particle physicist at the University of Manchester and Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programs for the BBC, boosting the popularity of astronomy, physics and exploration.

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Where:

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Auckland

When:

Tues 7 Nov

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

International Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Exhibition

A must-see for nature lovers and photographers, the Natural History Museum's ever popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to Auckland Museum for an exclusive showing of 100 stunning new photographs.

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Where:

Auckland Museum
Auckland

When:

Fri 7 Jul - Sun 3 Dec

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

The New Zealand Tree Project

Exhibition

The New Zealand Tree Project is an innovative film and photography venture, where a small team of scientists, photographers/videographers and tree climbers captured imagery of majestic trees from viewpoints that people rarely get to experience from the forest floor. 

By using innovative mediums such as time-lapse, hyper-lapse and 3D video, the team were able to create one of a kind footage of the forest from ground breaking new angles.

The centre piece of the exhibition is a portrait of a huge rimu created by stitching together more than 60 photos taken over 4 weeks. Alongside it are large photographic prints and an epic time lapse video.

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Where:

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton
Waikato

When:

18 Nov - 18 Feb 2018

Who for:

Everyone

Waikato

You Called Me WHAT?!

Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates 150 years of scientific discovery at Te Papa.

Uncover the fascinating stories behind scientific names – and help the Te Papa team name a newly discovered forget-me-not.

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Where:

Te Papa, Wellington
Wellington

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone!

Wellington

NatureWatchNZ

Citizen Science

Help scientists find out what's going on in New Zealand's wild world!

Join NatureWatchNZ and use its website or app to find a project and record how many animals or plants you see relating to that project!

Here's some can watch out for:

Stink bugs (baddies we don't want - keep an eye out!)
Native orchids
NZ Butterflies and their caterpillars
Plants and animals important to Māori
Large brown seaweeds
Little blue penguins
Invasive weeds
Spiders
New Zealand fur seals

 

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Where:

Nationwide
NZ wide (only)

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

Milk Matters

Exhibition

How is milk made and processed? Why is the Waikato considered the ‘dairy capital of New Zealand’?

In this interactive, educational exhibition created for children and families, you can explore the issues and advancements in agricultural science that are paving the way for an even more productive, efficient and environmentally-conscious industry.

Milk Matters celebrates success, telling the stories of our local farmers, and explains some of the science and technology that surrounds dairy farming -  from the underground (soil science) to the atmosphere (climate change).

You will be surprised by the energy and invention that is focused on this everyday food!

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Where:

Waikato Museum
Waikato

When:

Now and ongoing

Who for:

Children and families

Waikato

The Innovators

Exhibition

The Innovators is an exhibition that celebrates not only the achievements but the entire process of innovation, from conceptualisation to creation and explores the learnings from setbacks overcome along the way.

Gain a unique insight into the personal attributes and thought processes of ordinary Kiwis who have achieved extraordinary feats. The exhibition explores the personalities and contributions of the well-known public figures, and equally importantly, their lesser known colleagues who work behind the scenes but without whom the innovations would not be possible.

Innovators sharing their stories and hard-won wisdom include Peter Beck from Rocket Lab, Rod Drury from Xero, Ian Taylor from Animation Research Limited, Frances Valintine from The Mind Lab by Unitec and Dr Keith Alexander from Springfree Trampoline.

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Where:

Museum of Transport and Technology
Auckland

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland