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
Emerging Business of the Year sponsored by Deloitte Private
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).