Spearhead projectsKaupapa arataki
Spearheads projects are large Aotearoa NZ-relevant research projects that span over three years, funded up to $1m per annum. They are predominantly developed in partnership with Māori and industry representatives through Mission Labs, and led by multi-disciplinary research groups. Learn more about how we develop our Spearhead projects.
A team of multi-disciplinary researchers, in partnership with Māori, iwi, councils and industry are developing new technology for treating wastewater, with a mission to improve freshwater quality and restore the health of our awa (rivers) and streams.
Imagine a world where outdoor robots can be trained to work alongside humans in harsh and highly dynamic environments, taking on the risky jobs and protecting human workers.
‘Additive’ manufacturing harnesses New Zealand’s natural resources, using biopolymers or plant and wood fibers to create new, more environmentally friendly materials and products. These materials can be used in 3D printing to reduce plastic waste or in new 4D printing that allows what is made to shift and respond in a ‘natural’ way down to the molecular level.
This Spearhead project is creating smart data analytics tools to help track down rightful Māori shareholders to connect them to their land.
Giving control of diabetes care to the patient requires non-invasive, easy to use technology. The aim is to encourage them to more regularly and reliably measure their blood sugar and insulin levels and more easily take the prescribed doses. This project focuses on new needle free sensing and insulin delivery technology to let Type-2 diabetes patients manage their own care with less pain and hassle.
Groundwater that lies beneath tens of thousands of square kilometres of Aotearoa New Zealand represents one of our most precious natural resources. A team of SfTI researchers have developed electromagnetic sensors that, for the first time, could allow water resource managers to accurately measure the volume and flow of groundwater, and consequently the flow of entrained pollutants.