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About Powering Potential

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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!


Powering Potential is on hold

Due to the uncertainties of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the need to protect our communities and the discomfort and anxiety around gatherings and travel, we are currently not accepting Powering Potential applications for 2022.  This event is now on hold.


About Powering Potential

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.

The Programme

The event is held over 3 days in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

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

  • Tauira Students will work in teams of 5-6 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 Students 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.


Powering Potential is proudly supported by:

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