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Hutt Valley teacher wins a Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Chris Bishop
National List MP based in Hutt South

Media statement
21 March 2017

Hutt Valley teacher wins a Prime Minister’s Science Prize

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, Chris Bishop, is delighted to hear a Prime Minister’s Science Prize has been awarded to Stokes Valley science teacher, Dianne Christenson.

Ms Christenson has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize for her work as curriculum leader for science at Koraunui School in Stokes Valley. She will receive $150,000, with $100,000 of which going back to Koraunui School.

“Educating our next generation of scientists and explorers is a hugely important job,” says Mr Bishop. “It’s fantastic to see Dianne recognised for her hard work.

“Teachers like Dianne are exactly what ‘Technology Valley’ needs.”

“Dianne is the first primary school teacher to receive the award since the Science Prizes were introduced in 2009. These Hutt kids are lucky to have someone so experienced and interested in her subject passing on her knowledge to them.

“Koraunui’s science programme teaches kids the importance of our environment and how to protect it. From installing beehives to cleaning up local waterways, Dianne’s work has taught so many young Kiwis about conservation.

“Dianne’s work has also contributed to better attendance and a reduction in bad behaviour at Koraunui as more kids enjoy what they’re learning.

“Dianne should be immensely proud of the work she has put in to growing Hutt kids and she is totally deserving of this prize.

“The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes aim to celebrate the achievements of talented scientists in New Zealand and attract more young people into science careers. Dianne, the team at Koraunui and their dynamic students make excellent ambassadors for the New Zealand science sector.”

ENDS


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