Key Dates


Key dates that are very important when planning for the event. Key Dates…read more.

Media Release Form

clipboardPlease complete the media release form. Parents need to sign the form for students aged under 18. This has been sent to schools.

Entries have closed. The Fair is on this Saturday, 9th September, at Ara.

Entry Form

Event Schedule - Updated


Judging Day: Saturday 9th September.
Prizegiving: Sunday 10th September.
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NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools' Science and Technology Fair


Welcome to the Home Page for the NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools Science and Technology Fair, proudly sponsored by NIWA, in association with Ara Institute of Canterbury, the University of CanterburyLincoln University, the Canterbury Science Teachers’ Association, Kiwanis,  the Science Award Trust, and Environment Canterbury.

In 2017, the Fair will be held on Saturday the 9th of September (see Key Dates and Event Schedule for more detailed information) at Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch.

This event regularly attracts up to 400 entries from Intermediate Schools, Secondary Schools and Home Schools throughout the Canterbury and Westland regions.

The Fair has been held in Christchurch for over 30 years and throughout this time has grown considerably in size and reputation to become one of the premier Science and Technology Events in New Zealand.

The fair is organised by an independent committee consisting of:

We are very proud to be supported by a wide and ever increasing range of sponsors.

We are very fortunate to be able to draw on the experience of over 100 well qualified judges from Research Organisations, Industry and the Education Sector who willing give up their time to encourage the exhibitors to follow their interest in science and technology. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in judging, or sponsor a prize.

The “Best in Fair” exhibit may be nominated for National Science and Technology events if they qualify for ‘Powering Potential’.

Please note: the online entry form link can be accessed in the footer menu below from mid Term 2.