Science and Technology Fairs

It is pleasing to see the continued commitment of clubs in supporting their regional Science and Technology Fairs.


This year Kasey Jackson, the managing editor of Kiwanis International magazine, visited some of the New Zealand Science & Technology fairs, interviewing participants, organisers and seeing the commitment, input and influence that Kiwanis has on these fairs. Kasey published an article on her trip in the September edition of Kiwanis magazine – The Science Theory. This is available through the Kiwanis Internatioal website

The Manakau Science and Technology Fair is supported by the Papatoetoe, Drury, Papakura, Shamrock and Waiau Pa-Clarks Beach clubs. Entries have come from Intermediate and Secondary Schools in the Manakau, Eastern Suburbs, Papakura and Counties areas. This year the fair was held at Mission Heights Junior College in August. Governor Megan Allan and representatives of the local clubs were present at the prize giving on 30th August. The overall winner of the Best Exhibit of the Fair Award, with $1000 presented by NIWA was Hank Lin, a Year 8 student who was also placed first in the Environmental Science  / Planet Earth and Beyond category – Year 7 & 8. His presentation was called Bactricity. The Eric Clague Kiwanis award of $500 was presented to Rashmeen Sandhu and Yuzhang Tan of Ormiston Senior College with their entry of “Stray Cat Blues.” 

Overall winner of the Manukau Science & Technology Fair was by Hank Lin whose project entitled Bactricity investigated the science of bacterial biosensors with electrical output – bacteria powered renewable batteries, with the ability to convert chemical energy into electrical energy.



The Waikato Regional Science and Technology Fair is strongly supported by the Westside Hamilton Club. Murray Price, one of the two club representatives on the organising committee, has put a lot of time and effort into this. On the program was, setting up the fair at the Hamilton Gardens pavilion, providing lunches for judges, providing security and dismantling after the fair. This is all followed by the prize giving the following week. The Kiwanis Awards this year are, Year 9 & 10 Planet Earth and Beyond, and the Most Innovative Material World Exhibit. 

The Bay of Plenty Science and Technology Fair is in the very capable hands of Kiwanis member Mark Franken, as chair of the organising committee. The Roto Whenua club has, once again, fully committed to this successful fair held in Rotorua.

Riley Knox invented a pillow that blocks out noise and is more comfortable than ear plugs!

bop-winner-2016-photoCole Anderson was the overall winner of the NIWA BOP Science & Technology Fair this year. His entry was then put into the Brightsparks competition. His mother thanked all who had helped him on his Speed Wyz jourrney, saying they had a fantastic day in Auckland listening to some very inspiring people. “The enthusiasm and energy for kid’s technology was a pleasure to be a part of.” In Auckland they were wined and dined courtesy of Vodafone. Cole won the Junior Environment Award in Auckland too.



NIWA is also a proud sponsor of the EIT Hawke’s Bay Science and Technology Fair. Prizegiving was held on 3 September, at Whare EIT HB, Taradale. The Napier Kiwanis club has supported this fair on the organising committee for many years. These days there is a strong team of science teachers that are taking over the responsibilities.

Farm inspired science allowed Puketapu School to collect several awards.


A netball target which scores accuracy and a mobile electric fence were created by award winning Puketapu School students. A small, portable electric fence unit was  created by Luke Bradbury, 11, who lives on a farm with odd-shaped stock yards which were hard to keep animals contained. “We had a look on farming websites and it’s the only thing on the market like it,” he said. Luke researched, designed and created one which his parents use and other people  are interested in buying.


For Lulu Fuller, 11, the idea for her project came from netball – she had a hoop at home but wanted to practice her passing.

Senior Section – Ezra Cash and Mason Templeton – Outstanding Award Senior Section – Scarlet Garvey – Highly Commended award and the  – Highly Commended From Year 9 – Lexi Trotter – Outstanding Award, Tia Tahau – Highly Commended Award and Jessica Shoemark, Hannah Hansen/Hazel Millar and Sophie Jones – Commended Awards. In the Titration competition, Bethany Cox, Holly Davison and Taylor Epplett-Fletcher were second.

Karamu High School did very well at the EIT HB Science and Technology Fair. Weeks of hard work were regnised at the prizegiving. In the projects section Karamu students gained placings as commended, highly commended and outstanding. Winner of The University Of Otago prize, which is an all-expenses paid attendance at “Hands on Science” at Otago University in January 2017 were from Year 10 – Benjamin Colquhoun and Jacinta Foreman.

The Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair is a continued commitment of the Wellington Club. John Warriner is chair of the organising committee. Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thanks to everyone that entered.

Overall winner was Catherine Pot from Onslow College with her project entitled “A simulation correction technique for the Van der Pauw method”.  She took out several awards on the night – VUW Faculty of Science Innovation prize, Royal Society of NZ Wellington Branch, Best Overall Exhibit, First in Class Five, the Auckland University Science Scholars Programme and the Measurements Standards Laboratory Callaghan Innovation. This was an especially significant achievement as the standard of projects this year was outstanding!

Wellington Science & Technology Fair exhibits were of an especially high standard this year with a variety of topics on display throughout the fair.



NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair prizegiving was held on Saturday the 10th of September at Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch. This event regularly attracts up to 400 entries from Intermediate Schools, Secondary Schools and Home Schools throughout the Canterbury and Westland regions.

The Fair has been held in Christchurch for over 30 years and throughout this time has grown considerably in size and reputation to become one of the premier Science and Technology Events in New Zealand. The fair is organised by an independent committee consisting of Christchurch Kiwanis clubs, members of hte Catnerbury Science Teachers’ Association and representatives from Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Environment Canterbury and other interested people.

The overall winner of the Canterbury Westland Science & Technology Fair this year was Alex Dun of Cobham Intermediate School, with his entry entitled “Grandad’s helping hand”. The robotic arm was inspired by Alex’s grandfather who suffered a stroke and subsequent loss of the use of one arm.
Winner of the Kiwanis Science Fair prize was Dinuki Karunaseera, from St Margaret’s College, who investigated the properties of lactose.







Thanks to all the Kiwanis clubs who offer support and commitment to the Science and Technology Fairs throughout New Zealand.