28 May 2024

Thousands of Hutt Valley students could lose school science

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 28 May 2024
Two budding scientists using a resource kit.

Two budding scientists using a resource kit. Photo: Hutt Science

Thousands of school children across Hutt Valley could lose out on science kits as the organisation which provides them faces closure.

The Hutt Science branch of charitable trust House of Science provides resource kits to around 15,000 primary and intermediate students, across 67 schools. The concept was born out of a 2014 ERO report indicating that over 70% of New Zealand schools lacked an effective science program. 

The kits have been financially supported by Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt Council for the past nine years, but after June, that funding will discontinue. 

Hutt Science is launching an urgent appeal for sponsors so it can keep the lights on. Chris Duggan is founder and CEO of House of Science.