Dr Peter Lehrke

Dr Peter Lehrke’s expertise was critical to the design of PharmaNZ’s innovative pharmaceutical factory. A nutritional biochemist with over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical and natural health products sectors, Dr Lehrke led the PharmaNZ technical team through the conversion of a derelict coolstore into New Zealand’s first full-service factory specialising in the production of…

Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan is helping science take great strides in the world of e-learning. Jason Morgan started his science career working for the NZ Leather and Shoe Research Association but quickly moved into education, currently teaching chemistry and physics at St Peter’s in Cambridge, where he is also Director of eLearning. A digital teaching and learning…

Lucy Yang

As New Product Development Technologist for PharmaNZ, Lucy Yang is on the lookout for innovative health and performance-boosting formulas. When PharmaNZ receives a brief for a new supplement, Lucy Yang’s research is the starting point. This yields vital information into ingredient benefits, potency and formulation options, as well as discoveries such as combinations that enhance…

Shalini Guleria

Shalini Guleria’s revolutionary ScienceBox enterprise empowers kids to enjoy the magic of science. Shalini makes science accessible through exciting activities using ordinary household items, provided via school visits, holiday programmes and a subscription club. The club funds free ScienceBox visits and events for low-decile communities. During lockdown Shalini created an online STEM challenge series and…

Manaaki Taiao ki Kirikiriroa

Manaaki Taiao ki Kirikiriroa is both accomplished practitioner and influential advocate in the realm of bicultural science frameworks. A seven-person team within Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research (MWLR), Manaaki Taiao ki Kirikiriroa supports the organisation’s commitment to treaty-based research frameworks, actively builds Mātauranga Māori capability of non-Māori colleagues and empowers communities to combine indigenous and western scientific…

Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke

Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke blends western science with mātauranga Māori to help coastal communities manage marine taonga. Shellfish such as mussels indicate the health of our coastal environments and are a valued food source. In Ohiwa Harbour, Paul-Burke used local understanding of natural signs – ngā tohu o te taiao – and maramataka (the Māori…

Dr Ian Kusabs

Dr Ian Kusabs has proven that a traditional Māori fishing method stacks up scientifically for monitoring the health of lakes and streams. Tau kōura uses bundles of bracken tied to submerged ropes, which provide an attractive habitat for native crayfish. Kōura is a keystone species in our freshwater ecosystems and function in Dr Kusabs’s words…

Dr Nina Scott

Dr Nina Scott’s research brings Mātauranga Māori to medicine, tangibly improving health outcomes for Māori. A leading expert in the use of kaupapa Māori methodologies for health research with more than 30 peer reviewed articles to her name, Dr Scott’s latest achievement is the Harti Hauora Tamariki Study. Designed using the He Pikanga Waiora Framework…

Waikato Diabetes Research Team

Better blood sugar control for our region’s 25,000 diabetics is the Waikato Diabetes Research Team’s goal. This joint University of Waikato/Waikato DHB initiative is examining both primary and secondary health services, aiming to streamline processes, address gaps and improve diabetes management, outcomes and equity of care. Its most recent large study (just one of the…

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…