Dr Fiona Petchey

Dr Fiona Petchey’s innovations in radiocarbon dating are solving complex geological, archaeological and forensic puzzles.  Radiocarbon dating fragments of bone and/or shell can provide clues to geological or environmental change, human migration and sometimes crime. However, environmental factors – including whether the sample is marine or terrestrial in origin – can affect the radiocarbon signal…

Dr Joanne Ellis

Dr Joanne Ellis is recognised internationally for her insight into the response of marine environments to natural and man-made stressors. Dr Ellis’s focus research examines the impact of factors such as fishing, marine mining, wind farms and nutrient/sediment runoff on seabed ecosystems, from shallow, tidal environments like mangrove forests and seagrass beds to the deep…

Dr Adam Hartland

Tiny keys to big global environmental questions – past, present and future – are Dr Adam Hartland’s specialty. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, Dr Hartland’s focus is on the interaction between natural organic matter, nanoparticles and trace elements in soil, water and minerals. He has unravelled clues to climate change in stalagmites…

Alexios Kavallaris

Breaking the speed limit for data crunching has earned Alexios Kavallaris a finalist ticket.  Achieving compliance for drainage works on road construction projects requires review and mathematical checking of numerous on-site tests. For the final 22 km stretch of the Waikato Expressway, more than 100,000 tests have been done. Learning that it took 17 minutes…

RespiratorNZ

RespiratorNZ’s ventilator adapts milking machine technology to help fight the global Covid-19 battle. Jeff Sharp was keen for his plastics company to support New Zealand’s pandemic preparedness. Teaming up with his neighbours – both doctors – he settled on a challenging but vital piece of equipment: the ventilator. Starting with an old but effective mechanical…

PharmaNZ

PharmaNZ has transformed a disused meatworks coolstore into a world-class pharmaceutical success story. From sausages to supplements in 18 months: the old Hutton’s coolstore in Frankton is now New Zealand’s only one-stop-shop for natural health and dietary supplement development. Capable of taking products from concept to shelf, from small runs for start-ups to bulk manufacture…

Radix Nutrition

Radix Nutrition uses superior technology and ingredients to give nutritionally-designed meals a major makeover. At its state-of-the-art factory in Horotiu, Radix Nutrition gathers top-quality ingredients and applies the latest scientific nutritional research to create convenience meals that not only taste great but enhance cognitive and physical performance. Fuelling Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship athletes,…

Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics

DairyNZ’s Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics Project has discovered new markers to help boost dairy herd fertility. Breeding Values (BV) estimate a cow or bull’s genetic merit for particular traits to help farmers increase desirable features in their herd. This DairyNZ project focused on the Fertility BV. Less than 5% of the measures in the existing…