Faculty Advisor

Eddy, Bethel L.

Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert

Project Center

New Zealand


This project produced a feasibility report for a hydroponic greenhouse to the Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara hapu of Horohoro, New Zealand that aims to utilize the excess electricity produced by the Maori community’s micro-hydro power system. To ascertain opinions on a greenhouse project and specific candidate crops, watercress and koura, the team interviewed and surveyed members of the hapu, restaurants, and consumers in nearby tourist hot-spot Rotorua. The report presents a series of flow charts, allowing the hapu to choose a greenhouse structure and technology. The project also addressed the micro-hydro system’s intake congestion and documented its maintenance. Technical reviews and participant observation allowed the team to recommend a floating boom to decrease the congestion.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Computer Science