Category Archives: Announcements

2014 Registrations Open

Registrations for the 2014 Fair are now open and close at 11:00pm on Thursday 7th August.

This’s year’s registration system is much simpler than previous years. There’s no need to sign up, just fill in your project details and you’re done. But please take care to double-check your name and other details are spelt correctly, before you submit the registration form.

Register here

2013 Prizegiving

The 2013 prizegiving ceremony was held on 28th August 2013. It was an enjoyable evening celebrating the success of young scientists.

The Premier Award of the Fair was won Chris Ryan, from Howick College, for “Kawakawa Demonstrates Anti-inflammatory Activity”

In traditional Maori medicine (rongoa) Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is considered to be one of the most potent medicinal herbs. However, previous screening studies have indicated that Kawakawa had very little anti-bacterial and no anti-viral activity. The study sought to explain the disparity between the anecdotal evidence from rongoa and the scientific evidence available. The study demonstrates evidence that suggests Kawakawa has in-vitro anti-inflammatory activity through positive activity in several inflammatory markers. The judges thought Chris’s project has great value from an ethnic, health and commercial perspective

The Eric Clague Award (Second in Fair) was won by Tatiana Tataurangi-Ruru, from Alfriston College, for “Who’s that Hooting at You?” An investigation into the bahavioural patterns of Siamang Gibbons.

2013 New Premier Sponsor: NIWA


NIWA has become the premier sponsor of the NIWA Manukau Region Science and Technology Fair.

NIWA has a history of sponsoring a number of regional science fairs in New Zealand. Their long-term commitment to enhancing science and technology for young New Zealanders fits well with the ethos and goals of our region’s Science and Technology Fair.

We are thus very happy to begin this partnership with NIWA in 2013. We are looking forward to a long relationship as we seek to build on the solid heritage of the Science and Technology Fair in the Manukau Region.

2013 Science Fair Dates

The dates for the 2013 have been confirmed. See below.

When: August 17th to 18th 2013

Where: Mission Heights Junior College, 103 Jeffs Rd, Mission Heights.

Important dates:

  • Fri June 14th: Judges applications close
  • Mon July 29th: Registrations open
  • Thu August 15th: Registrations close
  • Sat August 17th: Deliver project
  • Sun August 18th: Judging day
  • Mon August 19th to Tue August 20th: Public viewing
  • Wed August 21st: Project collection day
  • Wed August 28th: Prizegiving ceremony

2012 Registrations Closed

Registrations are now closed for the 2012 Fair. There are 207 projects registered this year – about 40 more than last year!

We’re very much looking forward to seeing the projects for this year. See you on Saturday for drop-off day. 9am-4pm at Mission Heights Junior College, 103 Jeffs Road, Mission Heights.