Spearhead projectsKaupapa arataki
Spearheads projects are large NZ-relevant research projects that span over three years, funded up to $1m per annum; 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.
Māori, iwi and a team of researchers are developing new technology for treating wastewater to support Aotearoa to improve freshwater quality and restore the health of our awa (rivers) and streams.
Imagine a world where robots can be trained to work alongside humans in factories and the outdoors in a safe and flexible way. This Spearhead project is developing software and prototypes to make this happen.
‘Additive’ manufacturing harnesses New Zealand’s natural resources, using biopolymers or plant and wood fibers to create new, more environmentally friendly materials and products.
This Spearhead project is creating smart data analytics tools to help track down rightful Māori shareholders to connect them to their land.
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.