Nominations for the following Premier Awards are made by the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair Committee.
The George (Hoori) Tuhiwai Memorial Award ($500)
Awarded to the best project which integrates traditional scientific knowledge with traditional Māori knowledge (Matauranga Māori) or an aspect of the traditional Māori world (Te Ao Māori).
Examples might include:
An Investigation into an important element of Māori life (Tuna or Kina for example) where the findings can then benefit scientists and Iwi.
Or: An Investigation into traditional Māori medicines and the elements/properties that make made them effective.
Or: A technology project which adapts or modifies traditional tools or methods to solve a modern day problem.
Eligible projects should display more depth than just naming things in English and Māori. A Māori world view should be evident and applied throughout the entire project. It should be reflected in the topic, methods selected, reflection and application of any findings.
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Northpower Consistent Excellence Award ($1,000)
Years 12-13 ONLY
A tertiary award for a senior student continuing on to University education, who has entered three or more Science & Technology Fairs, consistently achieving a very high standard.
The prize is a $1000 one-off payment to assist the winner with university costs. The student will be planning on attending a New Zealand university within five years of obtaining the award. The winning payment is made to students who are New Zealand citizens or New Zealand residents, only upon proof of university enrolment being presented to the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair Committee.
Entry Criteria: To be eligible, students must:
- Be currently in Year 12 or 13 and have an entry in the current Science & Technology Fair.
- Have achieved a high standard in three or more Central Northland Science & Technology Fairs, achieving at a high level in these, as evidenced through winning awards. The current year can count as one of the three years.
- The winning student will be nominated by the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair Committee, based on their performance in the current and previous Central Northland Science & Technology Fairs.
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Northland Regional Council Environmental Excellence Award ($1,000)
Awarded to the project which best demonstrates a scientific approach to solving environmental concerns affecting water and/or land.
This award recognises creative and innovative students whose project demonstrate a strong scientific approach to solving environmental issues and concerns which will, in turn, protect and enhance Northland’s environment. The region’s natural resources sustain our lives; we need to use these resources appropriately and sustainably. For example, considering water and waste management, smarter transport, environmental enhancements and education and community initiatives.
- Resources used appropriately and sustainably
- Innovative ways to reduce environmental impact (clever design, new technology and behaviour change)
- Regulatory and environmental compliance
Prize: Cash prize and senior student(s) may also get access to work experience arranged by Northland Regional Council
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The Blue Ocean Innovation Award ($1,000)
Awarded to the project which best demonstrates a wider sustainable energy perspective for our oceans. Think sequestration of greenhouse gases, supporting waterway cleanup, cleaner shipping: reduction of emissions or sustainable food from Te Moana.
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AIRZONE Engineering Digital Design, Electronics & Programing Award ($800)
A Project that utilises some aspects of the following:
- Mechanical engineering
- Software in the design process