Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the evening lived up to its billing as a celebration of the Hutt Valley’s best and brightest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM).

“The calibre of our winners is outstanding. The contribution they are making to the STEMM sectors on a local, national, and global stage is why the Hutt Valley is Technology Valley.

“It was my pleasure to celebrate and congratulate both our winners and finalists together with Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata and members of the newly incorporated society, Technology Valley.

“Technology Valley is an exciting vision. It means fresh thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit and strong education and expertise. It creates wealth for our region, and excellent opportunities for our workforce.

“There was an energy and optimism in the room last night that was inspiring. We have a lot to be proud of in the Hutt Valley and last night’s display of innovation, passion, hard work and can-do spirit showed our STEMM sectors are leading the way.”

The 2016 Technology Valley Award winners are:

Business of the Year sponsored by Hutt City Council

AROTEC Diagnostics

Emerging Business of the Year sponsored by Deloitte Private

Avalia Immunotherapies

Outstanding Individual sponsored by Label & Litho

Jerome Leveneur – GNS Science

Emerging Individual sponsored by Royal Society of New Zealand

Jessie Bird – AQUI-S

STEMM Project of the Year sponsored by AJ Park


Outstanding STEMM Educator (tertiary/community) sponsored by The Mind Lab, Unitec

Karyne Rogers – GNS Science

Outstanding STEMM Educator (primary/intermediate/secondary) sponsored by The Mind Lab by Unitec

Ailsa Webb – Wilford School

Young Science Achiever (secondary) sponsored by the Open Polytechnic

Zavier Boyd – Naenae College

Young Science Achiever (primary/intermediate) sponsored by Cyclone

Harvey Butler, Ethan Neru, Jemma Allwood and Joshua Herne – Wilford School


This is the second year of the Technology Valley Awards, which have been celebrated as part of Lower Hutt’s Hutt STEMM Festival (4 – 12 June).

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