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See how they shine: 2014 Innovators Awards Finalists


New Zealand innovation is getting better by the year, judging by the stunning 60% rise in entries in the 2014 New Zealand Innovators Awards.

This year’s finalists in the Innovators Awards include a honey-harvesting system, a needle-free injection technology, and a cost-effective rocket launching system.

Innovation and commercialisation in New Zealand is alive and well, says New Zealand Innovation Council CEO Louise Webster.

“We are seeing more and more businesses in New Zealand with a global outlook, that are seeking global opportunities, collaborating with global partners and commercialising technologies across multiple industries and sectors,” says Webster.

The Awards are an initiative of the New Zealand Innovation Council and are strongly supported by foundation sponsors Bayer New Zealand, Idealog and Ideas Accelerator Ltd.

Bayer New Zealand Managing Director Holger Detje, says the aim has always been to recognise great kiwi talent and the commercialisation of New Zealand products and services.

Other award sponsors include James & Wells, 3M, Alcatel Lucent, Datamine, NZ Trade and Enterprise, AUT University, Yealands Wine Group, Tangible Media, Dominion Breweries, Radio Live and Waterfront Auckland.

The WINNERS of the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2014 will be announced at the awards ceremony and cocktail evening held at SHED10 on Wednesday October 15.

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This year’s finalists are:  

Category: Innovation in Agriculture & Environment

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

DTexH2o Ltd – Dairy shed in-line electronic water detector

  • exSITEz Ltd – GEMnetics
  • Fortitude Textiles Ltd – Fortitude Performance Textile
  • Gallagher Group Ltd – Ring Top Post
  • Plant & Food Research – Breeding bees for varroa control
  • Polymer Systems – DairyFlo Soft Plastic Milking Liners and Equipment
  • Revolutionary Beekeeping Ltd
  • Scott Technology Ltd – Automated Lamb Boning Room
  • Snap Information Technologies – Electronic Monitoring for Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Supreme Biotechnologies Ltd – Supreme Biotechnologies

Category: Innovation in Design & Engineering

Sponsored by James & Wells

  • BCS Group – BAGgate Self Service Bag Drop (SSBD)
  • Gallagher Group Ltd – Gallagher T20 Terminal
  • I Measure U Ltd
  • Kaynemaile Ltd – Kaynemaile Seamless Mesh
  • Milmeq Ltd – Milmeq MFAST
  • Pacific Aerospace Ltd – P-750 XSTOL MkIII World’s Most Versatile Utility Aircraft
  • Rack Studs Ltd – Rackstuds
  • Rinnai – Market Leading Rinnai NEO Gas Fireplace
  • Rocket Lab Ltd – Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Solar Bright Ltd – PATeye

Category: Innovation in Financial & Professional Services

Sponsored by Ideas Accelerator

  • AIG Insurance New Zealand Ltd – NOVI
  • Buddle Findlay – Startup Company Initiative
  • Kiwibank – Home Hunter
  • KlickEx
  • Nomos – NomosOne
  • StarShipIt
  • Thankyou Payroll
  • Unleashed Software
  • Wanganui Digital Leaders Forum – 100% Connected Whanganui

Category: Innovation in Health & Science

Sponsored by New Zealand Innovation Council

  • Auckland District Health Board – Hidden Hospital
  • AUT University – Stroke Riskometer App
  • Enztec – Quad Sparing Knee Replacement Instrument Range
  • I Measure U Ltd
  • Oncall Health – Smartpage
  • The Mind Lab by Unitec
  • Parthemore Pulley System
  • Photonic Innovations Ltd – Next Generation Gas Detectors
  • University of Auckland – No more needles

Category: Innovation in Hospitality, Food & Beverage

Sponsored by Yealands Wine Group NZ

  • Expander Ltd – Green Codes
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd – Functional Whey WPC550
  • Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Noble Reduced Fat Cheddar
  • Hamburger Holder Ltd
  • My Food Bag Ltd
  • Previously Unavailable – Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum

Category: Innovation in Information Communications Technology & Cloud Solutions

Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

  • Aura RedEye Security Ltd
  • Career Engagement Group – Fuel50 Career Path Software
  • I Measure U Ltd
  • Spider Tracks Ltd
  • Storypark Ltd
  • STQRY NZ Ltd
  • Straker Translations
  • Wellington Drive Technologies Ltd – SCS Connect
  • WhereScape Ltd – WhereScape Data Warehouse Automation

Category: Innovation in Marketing & Communications

Sponsored by Datamine

  • Creative Hype – Promotion Sports Helmets
  • ecostore Company Ltd
  • EFTPlus
  • Invivo Wines – Southern Hemisphere meets Norton Hemisphere!
  • Metrotile / Tilcor Roofing Systems
  • Previously Unavailable – Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum
  • Quantec Ltd – Epiology Skincare
  • Smile Dealers – Photo Marketing
  • Team #TheShoulderTap

Category: Innovation in Media, Music & Entertainment

Sponsored by RadioLIVE

  • 8i Ltd – 8iVR
  • Creative Hype – Promotion Sports Helmets
  • Kiwa Digital Ltd
  • Little Lot
  • OneMusic
  • STQRY NZ Ltd

Category: Innovation in Sustainability & Clean-tech

  • Sponsored by Waterfront Auckland
  • Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles – EVolocity
  • ecostore Company Ltd
  • Flick Electric Co
  • Foodstuffs NZ – Foodstuffs New Waste Management Plan
  • Hydroworks Ltd – Isolated governing of Pelton turbines using cut in deflectors
  • Kaynemaile Ltd – Kaynemaile Seamless Mesh
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