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A small school in Manawatu has beaten hundreds of others from all over New Zealand to win thousands of dollars of tech gear for its students. Tangimoana School made it to the final five of the our Energising Young Minds competition, thanks to the awesome support of local people who voted in huge numbers for the school. They then had to impress a panel of judges to make it to the top three and win a share of the prize pool.

Their principal and sole teacher Timu Niwa is over the moon about the win.

He told us that “So many unfortunate things have happened to the school and to the community – we’ve had various floods over the last 10 years. Receiving this grant will be such a huge morale boost, not just for the school but also for the village.”

“Access to these funds will give the students the opportunity to really explore the science around sustainability and energy – I can’t wait,” he said.

The competition ran from 12 February to 2 April. 685 primary, intermediate and secondary schools throughout New Zealand were nominated with 250,997 votes from their local community to win the edu-tech prize packs.

To see how the Tangimoana School kids reacted to finding out they had won the top prize, check out this short video.