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Published 24 May 2017

Students selected for Australian science events

Seven students have been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend Youth ANZAAS (Australia New Zealand Advancement of Science) in Melbourne in July. Youth ANZAAS is a five-day residential science camp for Year 12 and Year 13 students who have a passion for science. A further three students have been selected for Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) at the University of Queensland.

Youth ANZAAS will involve 40 other Australian senior secondary school students for a full science programme which will include both lectures and hands on learning in the areas of engineering, medical research, astronomy and chemistry and physics. They will visit the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, RMIT University of Technology; Melbourne University; CSIRO and partake in social outings.

The FEAST programme at the end of June will also involve other students from Australia and all  participants will be based mainly at the University of Queensland. This programme is specifically for students who want to go on and study agricultural science, zoology or veterinary sciences. Classes and lectures will include agribusiness, animal science, agricultural science, equine science, veterinary technology and wildlife science.

Many students throughout the country applied for both of these opportunties and were selected not only because they are achieving very highly academically in science but they are also contributing to their school community in other ways such as leadership and mentoring roles.

The Talented School Students Travel Award, administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, will fund 70% of each student’s travel and registration costs.  This Fund supports passionate science students who have been selected to attend international science or technology events.


The students selected to Youth ANZAAS attend are:

 Andrew Hislop, Pakuranga College, Auckland

Nikora Wade, Rotorua Boys’ High School,

Shulan Qiu, John Paul College, Rotorua

Sophie Cook, Nelson College for Girls

Matthew French, Nelson College

Kate Stedman, Riccarton High School, Christchurch

Lane McDuff, Fiordland College, Southland


Students selected for FEAST are:

Kate Logan, New Plymouth Girls’ High School

Aidan Perkins, King’s College, Auckland

Zachary Dewhurt, Rathkeale College, Masterton

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi