Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things…

    For your inspiration and pleasure each year we profile some of New Zealand’s top innovative people and organisations.

    In 2015 they shared their stories…about how to navigate a business exit, developing a successful public-private partnership, launching rockets into space and about the need to invest New Zealand’s future talent - our children.



    Dave Woods, Precision Seafood Harvesting

    - Winner Supreme NZ Innovator 2014

    Dave spoke about building a successful partnership to develop a new sustainable fishing technology that is changing the way New Zealand, and eventually the world, fishes. The partnership was founded with Fishing companies; Aotearoa Fisheries, Sanfords and Sealord, and the Ministry for Primary Industries


    Peter Beck, Rocket Lab Ltd

    - Winner NZIA 2014 - Innovation in Design and Engineering

    Peter is realising his lifelong passion to launch rockets into space. Rocket Lab’s creation of a carbon-composite launch vehicle will allow businesses to launch satellites into orbit more cost effectively than anywhere else in the world. Peter spoke about this truly disruptive and market creating application for this breakthrough technology.


    Frances Valintine, The Mind Lab by Unitec

    - Winner NZIA 2014 - Excellence in Social Innovation

    Frances spoke about the need to build our young talent, what that means in the 21st century and the importance of this to New Zealand’s future. The Mind Lab by Unitec is a private-public partnership that provides hands-on education on various science and technology topics across a wide range of subjects to Year 1 – Year 13 students. 


    Scott Houston, Green Button / Microsoft

    - Winner NZIA 2013 - Innovation in ICT & Cloud Solutions

    In May 2014 Green Button was purchased by Microsoft. Scott spoke about his journey navigating his businesses exit to one of the world’s largest SaaS providers. About doing what drives you and the commitment it takes to build great companies.