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Science Stories

Our science stories are smaller collections of resources, putting the focus on key science themes, ideas and events.

We apologise, the two Ever Wondered series are no longer available, please contact us if you have any queries.

Young Ocean Explorers

Teenager Riley Hathaway and her dad Steve Hathaway explore New Zealand’s marine ecosystems through short video clips and their book Love...

Project Mātauranga

New Zealand faces a range of opportunities and challenges related to the wellbeing of people and the natural environment. Many researchers...

On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica

Nigel Latta discovers what it is like to live on the ice as he travels to Antarctica. Join Nigel as he meets some of New Zealand’s...

Soil – Dig It!

A Planet Earth and Beyond resource for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Dig in and learn about soil – the essential resource beneath our...

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up is a fun – and funny – series where TV personality Nigel Latta introduces some of the more dramatic...

Navigating Without Instruments

The 2012–2013 voyage of the Waka Tapu closed the Polynesian triangle. This confirmed that it is possible to successfully and deliberately...

On Shaky Ground

A Planet Earth and Beyond resource for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Discover why New Zealand is home to so many earthquakes and...

Observing Water

A Material World resource for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Explore the characteristics of solids, liquids, gases and bubbles by observing...

Seeds, Stems and Spores

A plant reproduction resource for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Explore some of the science ideas behind plant life cycles, seed dispersal...

Earthworms

To most of us, one earthworm resembles another. Although earthworms do have common characteristics, species differ widely in their size,...

Our Heritage Scientists

You can understand how science knowledge and ideas change over time by looking at the lives and work of past scientists.

Each featured New...

Where Land Meets Sea

New Zealand is surrounded by sea. Our coastlines and marine resources need care and protection. The Coastal Marine Group focuses on the Bay...

TVNZ Innovation Stories

Innovation Stories is a series of exciting and entertaining short video clips featuring 14 innovative Kiwi companies.

Produced in...

Measurement

Measurement is the process of obtaining the magnitude of a quantity relative to an agreed standard. This science story focuses on the...

Tsunamis and Surf

Tsunamis are unique in their destructive power, but they share many features with other ocean waves. Learn how the two wave types differ,...

Cycling Aerodynamics

This story looks at cycling aerodynamics, drag and rolling resistance. It shows how wind tunnel tests are helping New Zealand cyclists...

Our Senses

The five sensory ‘gatekeepers’ of our bodies – taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing – help us survive.

Every day, our ears, nose,...

Science Made Simple

These 15 short video clips are aimed at demystifying commonly used but little understood scientific and technological jargon.

During August...

Harnessing the Sun

Scientists have learned to harness the Sun, transforming its energy to meet our need.

Long, long ago in the mystical land of Aotearoa, Māui...

Conserving Native Birds

New Zealand is world famous for its unique birdlife. In this science story, we look at the issues surrounding the conservation of some of...

Butterflies

Almost all of the butterflies in New Zealand are native and most are endemic. Compared to big, colourful species from other countries, our...

Strange Liquids

Liquid is one of the states of matter, and viscosity is a property of liquid. Some liquids display strange behaviour because their...

Microorganisms

Since their discovery, microorganisms have been found in almost every environment on earth. Microorganisms are capable of causing disease...

Celebrating Science

(the) KuDos awards help to recognise and honour world-class science expertise throughout the Waikato region – including world-class...

Resource Management

Resource management identifies the natural environment as a resource that needs to be protected and restored.

Resource management regards...

Research Voyage to Antarctica

From February until mid-March 2008, New Zealand scientists embarked on an 8-week voyage to the Ross Sea to survey the marine environment...