How you can contribute

We have launched the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund, to support science-related journalism projects submitted to us via an application and judging process. In order for us to do this, we are looking for financial contributions of at least $5,000 from organisations who want to enable quality, investigative science journalism to be carried out here in New Zealand.

Current funding

In addition to the seed funding provided by Dr Rebecca Priestley’s 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize, we have so far secured over four contributions for the 2019 round. This has brought our total to over $21,500, allowing us to launch the fourth call for proposals, under four specific themes, and one general theme:


  • Sea level rise in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Improving New Zealand’s earthquake resilience
  • Building stronger homes on better land
  • Science in the public interest
  • …and an open topic. Your call!


Subsequent calls for proposals – with differing themes – will be made once more funding is secured and will likely be a yearly funding cycle from 2019 onwards. In addition, stories funded through this scheme are published, will include a link to a PressPatron account, allowing readers to contribute further to the fund.

What can we offer you?

If you’re an organisation interested in improving the breadth and depth of media coverage of science-related issues of most relevance to New Zealanders, please consider contributing to the fund. In return:


  • You will be listed and promoted on our website and social media channels, as a supporter of the fund.


  • There will be opportunities for input into activities to launch funded projects, such as joint press releases, author events and social media campaigns.


  • Stories that are supported by the fund, after first publication in the partnering media outlet, will be posted online under a creative commons license meaning that any other media organisations, including your own organisation, can republish the content.


  • A report on the impact of the coverage resulting from funded projects will be provided to you, if required.