Wellington 2012

Here are the results for the 2012 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair. 

These results can also be viewed on the NIWA Wellinton Regional Science and Technology Fair website. For more about the winners, and to see photos of them, see Winners of NIWA Wellington Science Fair announced.


Prize Class Student Name Project Title School
First in Class 1 1 - 121 Keiran Lewellen The Beaches are Moving Wellington Home Education Network
First in Class 2 2 - 89 Merryn Thompson Do Different Seaweeds Affect the Growth Rate of Blackfoot Paua and What Effects Will Global Warming Have? Northland School
First in Class 3 3 - 36 Danielle Watson; Olivia Macrae Mighty Magnets Tawa College
First in Class 4 4 - 6 Adrina Venayagam Wood ash to the rescue Tawa College
First in Class 5 5 - 3 Lydia Hingston Antibiotics versus Probiotics Queen Margaret College
Highly Commended 1 - 1 Chenoa Vorster Heart Rate Evans Bay Intermediate School
Highly Commended 1 - 7 Maddy Kerr; Billie Halford Shoes with Bounce Hutt Intermediate
Third in Class 1 1 - 16 Dante Frean Enigma Kelburn Normal
Industrial Research Ltd 1 - 16 Dante Frean Enigma Kelburn Normal
Highly Commended 1 - 18 Tessa Wishart Terrible Taggers Kelburn Normal
Highly Commended 1 - 32 Margarita Montes De Orca Are finger print patterns inherited? Muritai School
New Zealand Statistical Association 1 - 38 Jarred Hodson Is our diet/lifestyle killing us? Newlands Intermediate School
Cancer Society of NZ 1 - 38 Jarred Hodson Is our diet/lifestyle killing us? Newlands Intermediate School
NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology 1 - 39 Kadin Hermans What makes the best edible fruit label? Newlands Intermediate School
Geoscience Society of NZ 1 - 45 Nyah Parbhu Warmer in Wilton? Northland School
NZ Baking Industry Research Trust Award 1 - 47 Tara Kendon Bread-Maker Bread Baking Northland School
Highly Commended 1 - 47 Tara Kendon Bread-Maker Bread Baking Northland School
Third =in Class 1 1 - 49 Zoe Mansell Classroom Noise! Northland School
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 1 - 55 Te Rauhina Jackson Ka taea te wai ki te poito ki runga te wai (Density and salinity of water) Otari School
Highly Commended 1 - 55 Te Rauhina Jackson Ka taea te wai ki te poito ki runga te wai (Density and salinity of water) Otari School
Highly Commended 1 - 59 Merryn Giblin Does Colour Help You Read? Paremata School
NZ Association of Optometrists - Wellington Branch 1 - 59 Merryn Giblin Does Colour Help You Read? Paremata School
NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology 1 - 63 Yasmine Ahlman Love Your Lips Paremata School
Highly Commended 1 - 65 Ollie Robinson How many bacteria are there in tobacco and on your cigarette Pauatahanui School
Highly Commended 1 - 70 Owen McKenzie Must it Rust? Seatoun School
Australasian Corrosion Association 1 - 70 Owen McKenzie Must it Rust? Seatoun School
Highly Commended 1 - 75 Kate Bolton Heating with light. South Wellington Intermediate School
Royal Aeronautical Society 1 - 76 Reuben Andrews Rocket Science South Wellington Intermediate School
Highly Commended 1 - 81 Anastasia Lagoutaris Flower Power Staying Alive St Benedict's School
NZ Antarctic Society 1 - 100 Claudia Duston-Fursman Antarctica- How fast does ice melt relative to size? Wadestown School
Cancer Society of NZ 1 - 103 Gerard Hickey Colon Cancer Wadestown School
Highly Commended 1 - 106 Hugo Hibbert Saving our Oceans Wadestown School
IPENZ 1 - 109 Macy Toovey Which bridge structure is strongest? Wadestown School
Capital City Science Educators (Peter Jennings Memorial Prize) 1 - 112 Ciaran Sim Plants vs Bacteria Wellesley College
Second in Class 1 1 - 112 Ciaran Sim Plants vs Bacteria Wellesley College
Wellington Botanical Society 1 - 112 Ciaran Sim Plants vs Bacteria Wellesley College
Cancer Society of NZ 1 - 116 Marcus Millad Chicken Nuggets Wellesley College
Met Shop 1 - 117 Matthew Sutcliffe Weather Lore; Fact or Fiction? Wellesley College
Highly Commended 1 - 117 Matthew Sutcliffe Weather Lor; Fact or Fiction? Wellesley College
NIWA 1 - 121 Keiran Lewellen The Beaches are Moving Wellington Home Education Network
VUW School of Mathematics; Statistics and Operations Research 1 - 121 Keiran Lewellen The Beaches are Moving Wellington Home Education Network
Geoscience Society of NZ 1 - 121 Keiran Lewellen The Beaches are Moving Wellington Home Education Network
CRL Energy Ltd 2 - 13 Jacob Russell Hydro Electricity Evans Bay Intermediate School
Highly Commended 2 - 23 James Hazeldine; Rachin Ravendra Do you have Tunnel Vision? Hutt Intermediate
NZ Association of Optometrists - Wellington Branch 2 - 23 James Hazeldine; Rachin Ravendra Do you have Tunnel Vision? Hutt Intermediate
Highly Commended 2 - 24 Jasmine Walker; Alexandra Hanaray Left or Right Hutt Intermediate
Australasian Corrosion Association 2 - 26 Caleb Chan; Connor Haythornthwaite Sour Power Hutt International Boys School
Royal Aeronautical Society 2 - 27 Gabriel Foote The Effect Of Parachute Canopy Shape Hutt International Boys School
Highly Commended 2 - 29 John Hudson Solar Oven Hutt International Boys School
VUW School of Chemical and Physical Sciences 2 - 29 John Hudson Solar Oven Hutt International Boys School
Wellington City Libraries 2 - 35 Alex Sharples Water; Water; Everywhere. But is it Safe to Drink? Karori Normal School
Highly Commended 2 - 35 Alex Sharples Water; Water; Everywhere. But is it Safe to Drink? Karori Normal School
ANZCCART 2 - 49 Isaac Tebbs Track my cat Kelburn Normal
Highly Commended 2 - 52 Lauren Dickie More Bang for you Buck Kelburn Normal
CRL Energy Ltd 2 - 54 Rory Dickson Compost Power Kelburn Normal
Highly Commended 2 - 54 Rory Dickson Compost Power Kelburn Normal
NZ Soil Science Society 2 - 54 Rory Dickson Compost Power Kelburn Normal
Capital City Science Educators (Doreen Gates Memorial Prize) 2 - 55 Ruby Robinson-Shaw Fat Bottom Girls Kelburn Normal
NZ Institute of Chemistry 2 - 65 Finn Connell How does Vitamin C deteriorate in milk? Muritai School
IPENZ 2 - 77 Islam Khalid-Abbas Living Tomorrow Newlands Intermediate School
Highly Commended 2 - 85 Georgia Taylor Decisions; Decisions... Northland School
NZ Baking Industry Research Trust Award 2 - 88 Lola Morton Yum Yum - Mouldy Pizza Northland School
VUW Faculty of Science Faculty Prize 2 - 89 Merryn Thompson Do Different Seaweeds Affect the Growth Rate of Blackfoot Paua and What Effects Will Global Warming Have? Northland School
NZ Futures Trust 2 - 89 Merryn Thompson Do Different Seaweeds Affect the Growth Rate of Blackfoot Paua and What Effects Will Global Warming Have? Northland School
NumberWorks'nWords 2 - 89 Merryn Thompson Do Different Seaweeds Affect the Growth Rate of Blackfoot Paua and What Effects Will Global Warming Have? Northland School
Hugh D Gordon Memorial Prize 2 - 89 Merryn Thompson Do Different Seaweeds Affect the Growth Rate of Blackfoot Paua and What Effects Will Global Warming Have? Northland School
Met Shop 2 - 90 Roman Dunford Can You Predict the Weather From Looking at Cloud Formations? Northland School
Hugh D Gordon Memorial Prize 2 - 94 Terence Wright What Colour Most Attracts the Eye? Northland School
Highly Commended 2 - 95 Tertia Hempel Veggie Power! Northland School
Wellington Medical Research Foundation 2 - 96 Tipene Johnson Can It Be Chemical-Free? Northland School
VUW School of Engineering and Computer Science 2 - 97 Yovan Rasiah Interactive Video Games: Do They Make You More or Less Active Than Playing Outside? Northland School
AUSIMM NZ Branch 2 - 100 Andrew Sturman Danger Liquefaction! Paremata School
Geoscience Society of NZ 2 - 100 Andrew Sturman Danger Liquefaction! Paremata School
Highly Commended 2 - 122 Patrick Curran Light My Fire Raroa Normal Intermediate School
NZ Association of Optometrists - Wellington Branch 2 - 135 Anton Jenkins But...Did you see the moon-walking bear? Seatoun School
New Zealand Statistical Association 2 - 140 Jessie Cartmell I'm not waving I'm drowning! Seatoun School
Sociological Association of Aotearoa; New Zealand 2 - 140 Jessie Cartmell I'm not waving I'm drowning! Seatoun School
ESR 2 - 141 Keeley Farrell Cleaning Products: Old vs New Seatoun School
Second in Class 2 2 - 142 Lauren O'Hara Wind Power! Seatoun School
CRL Energy Ltd 2 - 142 Lauren O'Hara Wind Power! Seatoun School
VUW School of Chemical and Physical Sciences 2 - 142 Lauren O'Hara Wind Power! Seatoun School
Opus International Consultants 2 - 142 Lauren O'Hara Wind Power! Seatoun School
IPENZ 2 - 147 Nico Henneveld Shake; Rattle and Roll Seatoun School
Fourth in Class 2 2 - 147 Nico Henneveld Shake; Rattle and Roll Seatoun School
Opus International Consultants 2 - 147 Nico Henneveld Shake; Rattle and Roll Seatoun School
IPENZ 2 - 148 Oliver Novak Liquefaction Prone? Seatoun School
New Zealand Statistical Association 2 - 156 Daisy Abraham A family A-fair South Wellington Intermediate School
Highly Commended 2 - 157 Eloise Daysh What wood you burn? South Wellington Intermediate School
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 2 - 157 Eloise Daysh What wood you burn? South Wellington Intermediate School
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 2 - 159 Hazel Williams Making Paper South Wellington Intermediate School
Highly Commended 2 - 159 Hazel Williams Making Paper South Wellington Intermediate School
Measurement Standards Laboratory 2 - 163 Ruby Medlicott Think fast South Wellington Intermediate School
Cancer Society of NZ 2 - 168 Olivia van Woerkom Cancer - Reducing the Risk Ss Peter and Paul School
Highly Commended 2 - 168 Olivia van Woerkom Cancer - Reducing the Risk Ss Peter and Paul School
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 2 - 168 Olivia van Woerkom Cancer - Reducing the Risk Ss Peter and Paul School
New Zealand Institute of Physics Wellington Branch 2 - 184 Oscar Robinson Is polystyrene under floor insulation worth the money? St Mark's Church School
Third in Class 2 2 - 184 Oscar Robinson Is polystyrene under floor insulation worth the money? St Mark's Church School
Industrial Research Ltd 2 - 184 Oscar Robinson Is polystyrene under floor insulation worth the money? St Mark's Church School
Cancer Society of NZ 2 - 195 Elise Hampton Can pretty packaging lead to healthier eating? Wadestown School
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 2 - 199 Renee Patete Sight- Technologies that make a difference Wadestown School
Highly Commended 2 - 202 Harry Mills Sugar: Is it a Drug and are we all Addicted? Wellesley College
Wellington Medical Research Foundation 2 - 202 Harry Mills Sugar: Is it a Drug and are we all Addicted? Wellesley College
NZ Association of Optometrists - Wellington Branch 2 - 205 Lachie O'Connor Colour - Vision Deficiency in Hunters Wellesley College
NZ Farm Forestry Association 3 - 5 Kieren Fisher Vegetation and Stream Flow Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School
Highly Commended 3 - 10 Aidan Almand Spatial Awareness Saint Bernard's College
Highly Commended 3 - 20 Justina Koh Eye spy with my colour sensitive eye Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Highly Commended 3 - 22 Laura Albiston Can shampoo actually strengthen your hair? Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Highly Commended 3 - 30 Gabrielle Johnston What sense is more important to balance - vision or hearing? Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Whitby
Highly Commended 3 - 34 Amali Wijesooriya The solar evaporation of salt water Tawa College
Opus International Consultants 3 - 36 Danielle Watson; Olivia Macrae Mighty Magnets Tawa College
New Zealand Institute of Physics Wellington Branch 3 - 36 Danielle Watson; Olivia Macrae Mighty Magnets Tawa College
Highly Commended 3 - 42 Georgiarose Wells I Spy With My Little Eye Upper Hutt College
NIWA 3 - 45 Ethan Bloor-Wilson NO3 Daphnia Dynamics Wellington College
Third in Class 3 3 - 45 Ethan Bloor-Wilson NO3 Daphnia Dynamics Wellington College
Second in Class 3 3 - 48 Jamie McClymont Using computers and statistics to determine the effect of visual distraction on cognitive performance. Wellington College
VUW School of Engineering and Computer Science 3 - 48 Jamie McClymont Using computers and statistics to determine the effect of visual distraction on cognitive performance. Wellington College
NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology 3 - 52 Adibah Khan Hands Up: Soap VS Sanitiser Wellington Girls' College
Capital City Science Educators (Peter Jennings Memorial Prize) 3 - 52 Adibah Khan Hands Up: Soap VS Sanitiser Wellington Girls' College
Fourth in Class 3 3 - 52 Adibah Khan Hands Up: Soap VS Sanitiser Wellington Girls' College
Highly Commended 4 - 3 Kiran Richards Pitch Perfect Rongotai College
NZ Futures Trust 4 - 3 Kiran Richards Pitch Perfect Rongotai College
Measurement Standards Laboratory 4 - 6 Adrina Venayagam Wood ash to the rescue Tawa College
Opus International Consultants 4 - 6 Adrina Venayagam Wood ash to the rescue Tawa College
Third in Class 4 4 - 12 James Evans Destroyed in Seconds Wellington College
Opus International Consultants 4 - 12 James Evans Destroyed in Seconds Wellington College
Second in Class 4 4 - 20 Celia Painter Microbiological Quality of Watties Baby Food Wellington Girls' College
Wellington Medical Research Foundation 4 - 20 Celia Painter Microbiological Quality of Watties Baby Food Wellington Girls' College
Highly Commended 4 - 21 Priyanka Rajakumaran Simple way to measure sugar contents of liquids at home. Wellington Girls' College
Highly Commended 5 - 1 Ameshka Perera Does the 'B' Help the 'T' Queen Margaret College
VUW Faculty of Science Prize Innovation Prize 5 - 2 Kate Bielby Jet Laaaag Queen Margaret College
Royal Aeronautical Society 5 - 2 Kate Bielby Jet Laaaag Queen Margaret College
Second in Class 5 5 - 2 Kate Bielby Jet Laaaag Queen Margaret College
Realise the Dream Nomination 5 - 2 Kate Bielby Jet Laaaag Queen Margaret College
NumberWorks'nWords 5 - 2 Kate Bielby Jet Laaaag Queen Margaret College
Realise the Dream Nomination 5 - 3 Lydia Hingston Antibiotics versus Probiotics Queen Margaret College
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 5 - 3 Lydia Hingston Antibiotics versus Probiotics Queen Margaret College
Royal Society of NZ Wellington Branch Prize for best overall exhibit 5 - 3 Lydia Hingston Antibiotics versus Probiotics Queen Margaret College
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 5 - 4 Paris Watson UV light; Vitamin C and Oranges Queen Margaret College
Highly Commended 5 - 4 Paris Watson UV light; Vitamin C and Oranges Queen Margaret College
Measurement Standards Laboratory 5 - 4 Paris Watson UV light; Vitamin C and Oranges Queen Margaret College
NZ Institute of Chemistry 5 - 5 Sarah Novak Oil spill! What happens to dissolved oxygen in seawater? Queen Margaret College
Third in Class 5 5 - 5 Sarah Novak Oil spill! What happens to dissolved oxygen in seawater? Queen Margaret College
Highly Commended 5 - 6 Thalia Babbage Sport Supplements: How Vit C changes with storage time  Queen Margaret College
Fourth in Class 5 5 - 7 James Irvine-Ford Tomatoes - superfood or fraud? Wellington College
Highly Commended 5 - 8 Jessica Dickinson and Kaitlin-Rose Maddever Germ; busters Wellington Girls' College
Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education 5 - 8 Jessica Dickinson and Kaitlin-Rose Maddever Germ; busters Wellington Girls' College
Highly Commended 5 - 9 Katie Hughes; Tessa Eyre Amazing antioxidants Wellington Girls' College
University of Otago 5 - 9 Katie Hughes; Tessa Eyre Amazing antioxidants Wellington Girls' College
Highly Commended 5 - 10 Caitlin Agnew-Francis Increase in calcium in water due to increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere Wellington High School