Natasha McGuire & Leno Spurrell

Farm Medix   Natasha and Leon developed CHECK-UP, a high-tech culture based system allowing farmers a DIY kit to utilise a small sample of milk and culture overnight to help detect mastitis. Mastitis is an infection of the udder and is the biggest health disease in the dairy industry, costing the average farmer, $55,000pa. Natasha McGuire…

Dr. John Innes

Landcare Research   John is the leading rat biologist in the Waikato. His most significant contribution to conservation at the national and international level was his team’s discovery that possums eat native birds and their eggs and young and are not just vegetarians. This revelation not only permanently refocused subsequent possum control throughout New Zealand, it…

Dudley Bell

University of Waikato   Dudley provides technical support for more than 100 postgraduate (Ph.D. and Masters) students, and with his technical experience, expertise and knowledge have helped to develop outstanding scientific facilities to support the University of Waikato. His role has been instrumental in the success of some groundbreaking scientific discoveries at the University. Dudley…

Aaron M. Wall

University of Waikato   Aaron’s team identify farm management practices that either decreases soil carbon losses or increase gains. One of the major components of the carbon balance is the exchange of CO2 between the atmosphere and the ecosystem. This exchange is measured using eddy covariance systems, which he installed and maintains. Aaron M. Wall…

Sarah Hay

St Peter’s School   Sarah teaches Chemistry to a high standard incorporating effective pedagogy. As the Head of Faculty, St Peter’s School, she also oversees a huge range of opportunities for students to engage in Science outside of the classroom.   Sarah is the secretary of the Waikato Science Teachers Association (WSTA) and is one…

Professor Brendan Hicks

A revolutionary approach to lake water clarity monitoring. Professor Hicks and his team have developed an automated remote sensing technique using satellite pictures to assess and monitor key water clarity measures. The technique is significantly cheaper than on-site sampling, allowing scope for more lakes to be monitored, including those in hard to access areas. It…

Sara Loughnane

Dedication to high-level science achievement and teaching practice. Sara Loughnane manages delivery of NCEA and International Baccalaureate science programmes at St Peter’s School, Cambridge. Lead teacher in the gifted and talented education area, she runs an inspiring scholarship biology programme, which has vastly improved the number of students attaining scholarship level. Loughnane also runs the…

Pastoral 21

Pastoral 21 delivered practical, science-backed strategies to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses from commercial dairy farms. Nitrogen and phosphorus losses from farmland influence water quality. By comparing the performance of a ‘current’ system with a modified ‘future’ system on four farmlets, over the space of five years, the Pastoral 21 research programme developed robust options…

Dr. Jade Tamatea

Dr. Jade Tamatea is an emerging leader in endocrinology and thyroid disease in the Waikato region. An excess of thyroid hormones can have a number of undesirable effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Radioactive iodine is the common, definitive treatment for an over-active thyroid. Dr. Tamatea’s work has shown that this treatment is…