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 the fifth call for proposals we had $15,000 available under three specific themes:

  • Living on the edge?

Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tsunami, land slips — risks from a range of natural hazards are a defining feature of life in Aotearoa NZ. Decisions made every day by families, businesses, and communities addressing or ignoring these risks have consequences that may not be apparent for years or decades. This category invites projects focused on any aspect of natural hazard risk and resilience, including consumer, economic and outcomes from recent research.

Funded by EQC. EQC is on a mission to reduce the impact of natural disaster on people and property. 

  • Surviving (and thriving after) the next big quake

Earthquakes are an ever-present hazard that NZ can’t afford to ignore. What lessons have been learned from major quakes like Kaikōura and Canterbury and how are these being applied on the ground in communities the length and breadth of New Zealand? What has actually changed when it comes to the country’s infrastructure, attitudes and outlook? How far is there still to go before the next big one hits?

Funded by QuakeCoRE. QuakeCoRE is transforming the earthquake resilience of communities and societies through innovative worldclass research.

  • Could soil carbon save the world?

As well as providing nearly all our food and helping to regulate the earth’s atmosphere, soils are one of the main global stores of carbon. We invite proposals relating to the science of soil carbon, investigating how New Zealand’s soil carbon is now being measured, monitored and managed – and what the future effects of changes in soil carbon might be on our changing climate.

Funded by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is the Crown Research Institute for our land environment, tasked with helping New Zealanders understand and care for our land and the rich biology that shares this land with us.


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, when stories funded through this scheme are published, they 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.