Record attendance at the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair

Northland’s top science and technology talent gathers in Whangarei

Northland, New Zealand – 30 August 2016

TOP TALENT: Huanui College Head Girl Lyvia Bowering in front of her exhibit on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.
TOP TALENT: Huanui College Head Girl Lyvia Bowering in front of her exhibit on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

The Central Northland Science & Technology Fair (CNSTF) kicked-off in Whangarei on Monday (August 29) with a record number of exhibitors from across the region.

Two hundred and sixty-five (265) students, from as far afield as the Bay of Islands and Maungaturoto, entered this year’s fair, submitting 217 exhibits for display at Forum North in Whangarei.

Event organisers are impressed by the high-level of growth (27% year-on-year) the event, which attracted 172 exhibitors in 2015, has experienced.
“Over the last couple of years we’ve seen exhibitor numbers go from strength to strength,” said CNSTF Sponsor Liaison Venee Mortimer. “It’s a real testament to how much support there is for this event across the community, from our sponsors and especially from the students who participate.”

Celebrating 37 years of science and innovation, this year’s CNTSF played host to young innovators from 15 Northland schools:

  • Bay of Islands College
  • Bream Bay College
  • Excellere College
  • Huanui College
  • Kamo Intermediate School
  • Matarau Primary School
  • Maungatapere School
  • Otamatea School
  • Parua Bay School
  • Pompallier College
  • Tauraroa Area School
  • Tikipunga High School
  • Whangarei Boys High School
  • Whangarei Girls High School
  • Whangarei Intermediate School

“The fair has given our students ideas and opened their minds. It has shown them that science is not a narrow area and there are amazing opportunities to follow if they decide to purse a future in science or technology,” said Kamlesh Prakash, Head of Science at Bay of Islands College.

Exhibits at the CNSTF will be judged in various categories with top awards offered to the most topical, innovative and relevant projects. A full explanation of judging criteria can be found on the CNSTF website –

The science fair is open to the public every day from 10:00am Tuesday, 30 August to Thursday, 1 September at Forum North, 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei. Admission is by gold coin donation. A prize giving ceremony will take place from 19:00 – 21:30 on Tuesday, 30 August at the Capitaine Bougainville Theatre at Forum North.


For more information contact:

Francis Stevens
External Communications
+ 64 (0) 21 0881 6646

About the Central Northland Science & Technology Fair (CNSTF)
The Central Northland Science & Technology Fair has been operating since 1980. It is designed to encourage and develop future Northland scientists. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook

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