Curious Minds South Auckland

Our mission is to show young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaboration with local STEAM businesses, researchers and engineers.

Our vision is for all south Auckland children to be leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and mātauranga Māori (STEAM). We champion STEAM education & innovation through community-focused, project-based learning.

Curious Minds South Auckland is an initiative of Te Hononga Akoranga COMET and the NZ Government’s Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara participatory science platform.

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The Curious Minds South Auckland fund supports community-based STEAM research and design projects. We offer:

  • Funding grants of up to $20,000 (ex GST)
  • Advice and in-depth support to develop your funding application
  • Connections with educators, STEAM professionals and community partners
  • Ongoing project support
  • Learning and networking opportunities for Curious Minds project participants


Anyone can apply for Curious Minds funding. We are looking for research projects that are:

  • Community-driven – projects that are locally relevant and involve community members
  • Connected with the STEAM industry – young people work collaboratively with STEAM professionals and practitioners, making the most of their local and technical knowledge to generate new scientific and/or technological outputs. We support all areas of STEAM, including kaupapa Māori and Pasifika-led research and mātauranga Māori. 
  • Educational – projects that offer enduring educational value for the young people involved and two-way learning between the wider community and science partners.

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Projects must be based primarily within the eligible funding area shown on the map at left.

If you’re a STEAM expert and are interested in supporting a Curious Minds South Auckland project, you can find out more here.

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Funding for 2024 is now closed.

Find out more:


Ying Yang is the Project Manager for Curious Minds South Auckland. She will answer any questions about your STEAM project idea.

09 307 2101

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