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About Powering Potential

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Kia ora
If you are a Year 12-13 tauira student who has a passion for science, technology or social science and who likes to work as part of a team to research some big science questions or social issues then this is for you!



We have had to make a difficult decision and postpone the Powering Potential Programme for 2021 due to the uncertainty of the Delta restrictions of COVID19. We had hoped that there would be some changes to the alert levels that would allow us to confidently hold a national programme but it does not seem likely in the near future and we must do what we feel is best for our community and country.

So what next? We do plan on running this programme in the first school holiday break in April 2022. If you are a Year 12 student and have already applied your application will still be valid for the postponed programme. We will be in contact via email early next year to let you know of the new dates and confirm if you would still like your application to be considered.

For those of you that are in Year 13 unfortunately you will not be eligible for Powering Potential in 2022. We apologise for the disappointment this may cause. We would have loved to have you in our whare to enjoy such an awesome programme.  

Royal Society Te Apārangi wants to thank you for your understanding of our decision.

Kia mataara, be vigilant. Kia kaha, stay strong.

If you have any pātai questions please feel free to email dana.leaming@royalsociety.org.nz



Powering Potential is for you if: 

  • you like to undertake research.
  • you are doing well in your studies at school.
  • you enjoy thinking outside the box and are able to problem solve.
  • You are creative.
  • you can work as part of a team.
  • you are a good listener and communicator
  • you enjoy meeting like-minded students.
  • you like to be challenged. 


We are looking for emerging thinkers who will be tomorrow’s doers – the people who will be tasked with solving some of the biggest issues facing the world.


 What you are likely to gain from attending Powering Potential

  • Feeling welcomed as part of the Powering Potential whanau. 
  • Improved skills such as leadership, time management, communicating, resilience, research, planning, teamwork, presentation skills.
  • The opportunity to be mentored.
  • 40 new friends.

About Powering Potential

The 2021 event will be held from 13 - 16 December (you will depart after breakfast on 16 December)

Participants may choose to arrive earlier or stay later but any extra accommodation, will need to be covered by the student if required.  

  • Tauira will work in teams of five and research a question that is submitted by the kaiako/mentor they will work with.
  • Powering Potential is  a blast but it's not a holiday! Tauira will need to work hard over those three days.
  • Social activities are planned for the evening.
  • All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the event.

What you will gain from attending Powering Potential

  • enhanced problem solving skills, team building skills, leadership skills, time management and research skills.
  • meet and make friends with other like-minded tauira from all over Aotearoa
  • feel motivated towards being a divergent thinker in the future.
  • learn more about yourself and the way you think. 

It goes without saying that the power of curiosity and questioning and the ability to answer our own questions are crucial skills, both in the sciences and in life in general.

Current Status

Powering Potential will open for application on Tuesday 7 September 2021.


Powering Potential is proudly supported by:

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