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As part of this year's festival, a nationwide competition, ''SharkLab '14: why sharks matter'', has been launched.
The competition celebrates the work done by shark researchers, such as one of this year's festival guests, international white shark expert, marine explorer and documentary film-maker Ryan Johnson.
SharkLab challenges a new generation of science storytellers to show why it is important to learn about sharks.
The winners of each category will take home a brand new GoPro outdoor camera kit valued at $800.
''Whether it's classmates getting together to make a mini documentary about sharks, or families building a shark together, the more creative and exciting the entry the better,'' science festival director Chris Green said.
The New Zealand International Science Festival features expos, stunts, street science, debates, workshops and interactive demonstrations.
The festival programme will go live online on June 2, with full booking details available from June 9, on www.scifest.org.nz