Faculty Advisor

Eddy, Bethel L.

Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert


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

Project Center

New Zealand