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About Powering Potential

2022 participants

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!


Ake kupu kōrero mo
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.

Te Mahere Ako   
The Programme

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

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

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

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. 


Ngā Paearu whakauru  
Eligibility Criteria

  • Tauira Student has to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Tauria Student must be in Year 12 or Year 13. 
  • Tauira Student should be achieving well in their studies.
  • Tauira Student should be studying a science, technology or a mix of science and social science subjects.


Whai muri mai     
After Powering Potential

It is always good to give something back. Participants who are selected for this all-expenses-paid event will be expected to spread the word about their experience at Powering Potential. You can decide how you do it but a couple of examples are:  

  • Making a short video that we can use for promotional purposes and put on the Powering Potential website page. 
  • Talking to students at your school about your experience. 
  • Doing something within your community that relates to the Powering Potential theme.

Ngā Kaitautoko   

Powering Potential is proudly supported by Freemasons Charity and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment:

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