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Mangrove Research Earns Student NRC Award

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16 September 2008 - A 17-year-old Okaihau College student's study on mangroves in the Hokianga Harbour has earned James Bergman this year's Northland Regional Council 'Excellence Award' at the Top Energy Far North Science and Technology Fair.

James' project, Mangrove Mania, was one of approximately 150 science fair entries from 14 Far North schools at the event.

The science fair - which began in 1978 - was held over three days recently at The Centre in Kerikeri and is organised by Far North science teachers.

The Northland Regional Council prize contributes $1000 towards the cost of the winner's university studies and must be used within three years.

James, a year 13 student, plans to use the $1000 award to study towards a degree in engineering at the University of Canterbury.

His Northland Regional Council award-winning work began as a chemistry experiment to investigate the salt absorption capabilities of the leaves of mangroves in the Hokianga.

Northland Regional Councillor Bill Rossiter says he was impressed by the range of subjects being investigated through the Far North Science and Technology Fair entries, from the very specific to more general themes.

"James' study was particularly notable for the complexity of the research he did on his chosen topic and the objective approach used," Cr Rossiter says.

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