Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10


Big jump in tally of awards nominations


There has been a 50 per cent jump in the number of nominations for the 2021 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards. Federated Farmers of NZ chief executive Terry Copeland says the increase underpins the amount of innovation and leadership going on in the sector and growing awareness of the need to celebrate it. Copeland said from 65 nominations, up from just over 40 last year, judges have had the tough task of selecting finalists in seven categories. “With a whole set of gnarly challenges in front of us — from global warming, biosecurity threats, cost pressures and demand for more community water storage, to name a few — robust science, entrepreneurial spirit and crossagency teamwork is needed,” Copeland said. “The PINZ Awards acknowledge and honour the teams, individuals and businesses striving to make a difference in the primary industries sphere, and by doing so boost the employment prospects and standard of living of all New Zealanders.” Winners will be announced at the PINZ Summit in Christchurch on July 6. Outstanding Contribution: Malcolm Bailey — Dairy Companies Association of NZ, Tony Cleland — Farmright, Richard Lucas — Lincoln University. Industry Champion Award: Frances Clement — policy and issues manager, NZ Pork; Tam Jex-blake — farmer, Mangapoike; Kerry Allen — HOD agribusiness, St Paul’s Collegiate School. Producer Award: The True Honey Co, NIG Nutritionals, Silver Fern Farms. Science & Research Award: Professor Jon Hickford, Dr Huitong Zhou, Freeman Fang — Lincoln University, Bevan Harris — LIC, Niwa-led irrigation, insight programme. Emerging Leader Award: Emma Boase — Horticulture New Zealand, Angus Dowson — Ballance Agri Nutrients, Coadette Low — Rathkeale College. Innovation & Collaboration Award: To¯ tara Industry Pilot — Scion, Cellulose nanocrystals from New Zealand Seaweeds — Scion, Hydrogen — Ballance Agri Nutrients and Hiringa Energy. Team Award: NZ Pork, Surfing for Farmers, Gohort.


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