Curious Communities

Tue 22 May 5:30 — 7pm

Puke Ariki , 1 Ariki St, New Plymouth

A chance for everyone to hear all about the exciting work and amazing scientific research projects being done by the community in Taranaki
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Venture Taranaki warmly invites you to a showcase on how technology is playing a vital role in environmental monitoring and sustainability for local science projects through engaging speakers at the Puke Ariki foyer.

You will hear from the Project Reef Life team about their amazing in-situ camera, get an overview of the tech involved in some of our coastal monitoring projects such as Project Hotspot and learn all about Toko School’s distillation investigation.

So come and learn more about the exciting ways technology has helped our region's community projects!

This event is proudly sponsored by the Curious Minds Participatory Science Platform (PSP). Curious Minds is a government initiative jointly led by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education, and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. 

For more information on how PSP can help support local science and technology investigations see 


  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Research
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Emily will be discussing the technology used in community-led coastal monitoring and conservation projects around Taranaki, such as Project Hotspot which captured local knowledge on four coastal threatened species, and used this information to better protect these species and their habitats
Listen to Sue and her students talk about Toko School’s mission to eliminate waste and increase its sustainability by distilling organic matter for essential oils and hydrosol, and utilise what the school grows onsite to make their own sustainable products such as cleaners, soaps, and shampoos
What makes the subtidal reefs of Taranaki unique? The team will discuss how they use technology to monitor a reef 11km offshore from Patea to answer this question by exploring and documenting the marine life present
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