Innovation Stories

Looking for some innovation inspiration? Check out some of these articles and radio interviews!

Peter Beck on The Project NZ

Peter Beck, founder of Rocket Lab - Bayer Supreme NZ Innovation winner, is interviewed on The Project NZ.

Innovation awards for Sumner residents

Two Sumner residents took out their categories at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland.

World's first 100% Māori speaking dolls

Hohepa Tuahine from Punarau Media tells Wendyl Nissen about creating Pipi Mā, the world's first 100% Māori speaking dolls.

Samantha Jones - Young NZ Innovator

Samantha Jones, founder and CEO of Little Yellow Bird just won Young NZ Innovator, and LYB was an Innovation in Sustainability and Renewable Energy.

GeoZone Wins at Innovation Awards

The app has just been declared winner of the Innovation in Tourism & Entertainment category at the Innovation Awards 2017.


The SPATnz PGP Progamme is set up to selectively breed high-value shellfish, It is a partnership between the government & Sanford. They also took out the Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment Award!

Virtual reality house fire experience wins national acclaim

The idea was recognised at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland, taking home an innovation in media, marketing and communications award.

Export Win for Christchurch company, ARANZ Geo

From Christchurch to Chile: Kiwi company dominates in export innovation.

De-Intensify Dairy with Solar Collars

Craig Piggott from Halter talks early mornings, monitoring each and every cow, and NZ Innovation Awards. Halter won the Innovation Systems & Performance Improvement category for 2017!

Pipi Ma creators' reflect on 'surreal' month

The business, which makes dolls that speak and sing in te reo, won the People's Choice Award at the New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last week.

Championing of fat in lamb wins Te Mana backers high praise

The Omega Lamb Project, which has developed Te Mana Lamb, won the Innovation in Food and Beverage category at the New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Callaghan Innovation congratulates NZ Innovation Awards winners

Callaghan congratulates winners of NZ Innovation Awards, many of which are clients of the govt innovation agency.

Rocket Lab flying high at NZ Innovation Awards

Newshub: Rocket Lab, named the Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation for 2017, has pioneered a Kiwi space programme.

Rocket Lab wins big at NZ Innovation Awards in Auckland

NZ Herald: Rocket Lab won big at the NZ Innovation Awards tonight, taking out two categories.

Kiwi innovation recognised at the NZ Innovation Awards

RadioLIVE: Over 700 people passionate about innovation came together to celebrate our country’s most innovative organisers and individuals.

The Big Reveal! Winners Announced

Idealog: The very best of Kiwi innovation has been recognised again at the annual New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Meet Shay & Te Whare Hukahuka

RadioLIVE: Interview with Shay Wright (Young NZ Innovator finalist) from Te Whare Hukahuka (multiple finalist)

Empower yourself to take control of stress and mental health

RadioLIVE: Interview with Bop Murdoch from CoLiberate

The future of vehicles in NZ cities

RadioLIVE: Interview with Erik Zydervelt from Mevo

The first-ever Te Reo smartphone

RadioLIVE: Interview with Andrew Bowater from Huawei.

Environmentally Friendly Moorings

Stuff: Picton moorning company makes NZ Innovation Awards finals

Radio Interview: Squawk Squad

RadioLIVE: The app that's saving our native birds

Have your say!

RadioLIVE: Vote for the People's Choice in the NZ Innovation Awards

NZ's top innovators announced

RadioLIVE: Andy Blackburn talks about the NZ Innovation Awards finalists for 2017

Meet the 2017 Finalists!

Idealog: Check out the 2017 NZ Innovation Awards finalists

Check out the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards finalists

Exciting Education Innovations

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation in Education, Training & Development

Fabulous Food & Beverage Innovations

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation in Food & Beverage

Medical Marvels

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation in Health & Science

Astounding Agribusiness Ideas

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment

Radio Interview: Andy Blackburn & Ryan Bridge

RadioLIVE Interview: 13th July 2017

Terrific Tourism & Entertainment Endeavours

Wish We'd Thought of That 2017: Innovation in Tourism & Entertainment

Intriguing Design Innovations

Wish We'd Thought of That 2017: Innovation in Design & Engineering

Radio Interview: Louise Webster & Mark Sainsbury

RadioLive Interview - 19th June 2017

Kick-ass accelerators & incubators

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation Systems & Performance Improvement

Amazing Māori innovation

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Innovation in Māori Development

Amazing Māori innovation

Innovative solutions to save the planet

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Sustainability & Cleantech

Awesome Young Innovators

Wish We'd Thought Of That 2017: Does wisdom come with age?

NZ Innovation Awards 2016 Magazine

Meet our 2016 winners

Winners 2016

See the winners from the New Zealand Innovation Awards

The Taste of Innovation

Wish We'd Thought Of That: Innovation in Food

Education & Training

Wish we'd thought of that: arming the future with smart education and training

Health & Science

Wish we’d thought of that: it's better living everybody!

The Countdown is on!

Innovation inspiration: Some finalists from the 2015 Innovation Awards to whet your appetite

Progress is a process

How evaluating the New Zealand Innovation Awards gave me a 'bad case of optimism'

Automation is Awesome

Wish we'd thought of that: automation is awesome

Sustainable Innovation

Wish we'd thought of that: saving the world, one sustainable innovation at a time

Communications Special!

Wish we’d thought of that: Communications special!

Mobile Marvels

Wish we'd thought of that: Mobile marvels





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