Teacher & Student Programmes

University Research scholarships

The Nga Manu Trust sponsors research scholarships with Victoria University in Wellington and Massey University in Palmerston North.

These two scholarships are available to Honours or Masters students and are for research that has relevance to the natural environment at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. More details on the scholarships can be downloaded from the relevant Universities by clicking the following links:

Victoria University Scholarship Details 
Massey University Scholarship Details 

Science Teaching Leadership Programme

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve hosts a teacher placement for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme (STLP) through the Royal Society of New Zealand. This is aimed at primary and secondary schools teachers to give them a hands-on taste of science, which they can take back to the classroom. Some previous examples include: David MacKay – Native land snail and puriri moth survey, Wendy Hogg – Ngā Manu fern survey, Glynis Skippers and Prue Chrisp – Survey of native fish at Ngā manu, Jo-ann Brauthwaite – Ngā Manu lizard survey, Regina Castle – Hydrology at Ngā Manu and Dawn Hirschberg – Hydrology and weather data at Ngā Manu.

Find out more on the Royal Society of New Zealand’s website.

Theo’s Cottage Accommodation for Research Students and Teachers

On-site at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve we have established a one-bedroom self-contained cottage that is available to research students, teachers and volunteers at a negotiable, reduced rate. Theo’s Cottage accommodation is intended to help students with their research by reducing travel and accommodation costs. We are keen to be involved in all levels of research and would encourage any person involved in private, institutional or business research relevant to New Zealand native flora and fauna to contact us.