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Rawiri Waru - World Champ Environmental Researcher

Rawiri Waru
World Champ Environmental Researcher

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Hanover, 22 October 2000/News Aktuell-AsiaNet/--Rawiri Waru (18) from Ngongohaha Rotorua, New Zealand is one of the seven very best young environmental scientists in the world. At the Worlwide Young Researchers for the Environment (WYRE) competition, staged at the world exhibition Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, the two Canadian students were awarded top honors by a Jury of twelve well-known international scientists for his research addressing key issues about New Zealand's geothermal geysers.

Together with 142 other young people from 73 different countries, Rawiri Waru was invited by Stiftung Jugend Foundation and Deutsche Bank to the Expo in Hanover. Rawiri, along with 5 other young researchers from Canada, Finland and the United States are winners of the first WYRE competition . The
prizes were presented at a Grand Awards ceremony including Edelgard Bulmahn, Federal German Minister of Education and Research, and Dr. Rolf E. Breuer, CEO of Deutsche Bank AG.

The winning projects were a plethora of innovation including: an environmentally safe technique of exterminating a parasite harmful to honeybees, improvement for public water purification plants, an environmentally sound, a biological herbicide disposal method and a new technique for aquatic research.

In addition to the five Grand Awards (2,000 Euro each), other major prizes presented include eleven invitations to the WYRE-Research Camp 2001 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution near Boston (USA). International corporations are sponsoring 23 internships. The Youth-Jury, consisting of former prize-winners from the preceding Europe-wide competitions awarded a cash
prize for the most original project - a device that makes usable water out of fog in the Namibian desert.

As recognition for their outstanding commitment, all 143 young researchers are now invited on a week-long tour of Germany.


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