Winners 2016


Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 NZ Innovation Awards. See the full list of winners below, and media release here.

BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATION

WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand
ARANZ Medical’s Silhouette scanner is an advanced non-contact wound surveillance system that shows the rate of healing and wound change over a period of time, allowing for better monitoring and patient care. ARANZ Medical has also developed the FastSCAN, a 3D system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics more comfortably, and accurately, for patients. These patented technologies are already helping patients in thirty-five countries and have been acknowledged by the United Nations.

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

WINNER: Farmshed Labs - Flashmate

Sponsored by KPMG
Flashmate® is a touch-sensitive disposable detector which indicates when a cow is in heat and ready for breeding. It takes the guesswork out of animal husbandry as Flashmate® is easily applied in wet or dry weather with one hand, and stays on for weeks. When the red light comes on, the cow is in heat and ready to get in calf. A green light indicates possible pregnancy if the cow has not come into heat again within 25 days. The accuracy of Flashmate® ensures increased success rates with cow pregnancy, thereby increasing herds and milking yields. Flashmate® is a low-cost product that increases efficiency without altering farming work practices. The Flashmate® starts working the minute the packaging is opened and is waterproof, adhesive and recyclable.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING

WINNER: Ogo Technology - Personal Mobility Device

Sponsored by James & Wells
The Ogo is a hands-free electric personal all-terrain transport device that enables a person with a walking disability such as paraplegia, spina bifida, or amputation, to use the intuitive movement functions of this unique mobility aid. The Ogo has a patented active seat control system that uses core muscle strength to engage electronic and mechanical action to move the device. The Ogo is practical, robust and stylish. Ogo gives mobility-impaired people greater freedom, independence and options. After many years of development, the Ogo concept was unveiled in 2015 and received very positive responses from the media and the public.
Highly Commended: ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog Modelling Software

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Association Australia and New Zealand
The Manaiakalani Programme and Outreach involves an innovative digital learning approach and framework, delivering high-end digital learning and citizenship to learners in the lower socio-economic area of Tamaki in Auckland. Integrating parental and community support with professional development for teachers and an innovative design, the Manaiakalani Programme has been independently verified to demonstrate that students are learning at a base rate of 1.5 times the normal NZ learning rate, with increased attendance levels and a sharp improvement in on-task behaviour. Manaiakalani sustainably and demonstrably lifts achievement, and the persistent commitment to evaluation and a design-based approach drives continual improvement.
Highly Commended: The Mind Lab by Unitec - Postgraduate Programme

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

WINNER: Simplicity NZ - Simplicity Kiwisaver

Sponsored by Paymark
Simplicity has created an online KiwiSaver model that aims to reduce overheads and pass on the cost savings to customers, meaning that they will retire with more funds as the fee savings are reinvested. Simplicity is run by a charitable trust as a not-for-profit model. Only the costs are charged to the KiwiSaver customer. In addition, Simplicity will donate 15% of its management revenue per annum to charity. Online-based, the Simplicity platform has easy switching and aims to revolutionise the KiwiSaver market by giving New Zealanders options that are both financially and socially responsible.
Highly Commended: Snowball Effect

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE

WINNER: Fonterra - GA for Paediatric Nutrition

Sponsored by Plant & Food Research
Breastfeeding is best for a baby’s brain development, but breastfeeding is not always possible. Breastfed babies have a higher content of a lipid called Gangliosides or GA in their brains, and Fonterra wanted to improve the GA content of infant formula in order to more closely mimic breast milk composition. Clinical research has demonstrated the role that dietary GAs play in infant development. World-leading, independent expert consultants peer-reviewed the research and generated interest in the complex milk lipids developed by Fonterra. The paediatric nutrition category is growing globally and their scientifically substantiated trademarked NuelipidTM formula helps Fonterra access this market. Commercial products based on this innovation programme are being launched in multiple markets under the Fonterra-owned consumer brand Anmum™.
Highly Commended: Sunfed- Sunfed Meats

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE

WINNER: Volpara Health Technologies

Sponsored by Chorus
Volpara’s software provides volumetric assessment of breast tissue density to assist radiologists when screening for breast cancer. By quantifying the density of breast tissue, the subjective guesswork is removed, making the scanning more effective and using lower doses of radiation than might otherwise be used during the scan. Having information about breast density can also guide options for further imaging and patient-specific radiation doses and compression. Volpara is improving patient experience and clinic efficiency.
Highly Commended: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

WINNER: ARANZ Medical - Silhouette & FastSCAN

Sponsored by Jade Software
Measuring the rate of healing of wounds and ulcers is essential in chronic conditions. ARANZ Medical’s Silhouette scanner is an advanced non-contact wound surveillance system that shows the rate of healing and wound change over a period of time, allowing for better monitoring and patient care. ARANZ Medical has also developed the FastSCAN, a 3D system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics more comfortably, and accurately, for patients. These patented technologies are already helping patients in thirty-five countries and have been acknowledged by the United Nations.
Highly Commended: Volpara Health Technologies

INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

WINNER: Haka Tours

Sponsored by Datamine
Haka Tours targets consumers at various stages of the tourism purchase via social media, using device-friendly entertaining content that has minimal branding and connects emotionally with those with dreams of visiting New Zealand. Our site helps plan tours, and showcases personal video footage of participants through our Tikipici service. The organic shares of such video content extended our marketing and built brand preference and trust. Haka Tours has also become a media and entertainment company with plans to enter the world of Virtual Reality.
Highly Commended: Heilala Vanilla - Co-branding & Collaborations

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MOBILE & ENTERTAINMENT

WINNER: 90 Seconds

Sponsored by RadioLIVE
90 Seconds is a Cloud Video Production Service providing a marketplace and workflow platform, enabling a global community of creators to obtain high quality, online video content produced anywhere in the world. Brands want video content and this platform connects them with content creators, and manages the relationship online and connects with third party applications such as stock footage, drone shots, translations and Google AdWords. 90 Seconds has also documented its own journey in a web series called ‘Ride the Wave’.
Highly Commended: Patternsnap
Highly Commended: Springfree Trampoline - tgoma

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & CLEANTECH

WINNER: Stormwater360 - LittaTrap™

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines
Storm drains send plastics and other land-based waste into the oceans and waterways, causing environmental damage. Stormwater360 have developed the LittaTrap™ which is a lightweight, low-cost drain insert which retains plastics and large rubbish objects while letting water drain through. The system is self-supporting, easily maintained, and can be emptied by hand, without the need for specialised vehicles. The LittaTrap™ is an accessible product that can be flatpacked for easy transportation. Ideal for public areas such as schools, where educating the next generation about wastewater management is an added benefit.

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Auror

Sponsored by Regus
Auror is a software platform that allows police and businesses to share information about crime incidents and to work together to identify offenders. It is transforming the way Police and communities prevent and solve crime. Auror streamlines the crime reporting process to reduce barriers to reporting crimes. Once incidents are uploaded, Auror connects the dots to identify links between offenders and vehicles, track theft trends, generate reports on theft activity and allow interactivity between users. Shoplifting and petrol drive-offs cost retailers millions every year but are underreported, allowing such crimes to flourish because their low value does not match the significant time and resources required to investigate each case. Auror has tools such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition to alert police when offenders arrive on-site, increasing the chance of arrest.
Highly Commended: CricHQ
Highly Commended: Linewize

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

WINNER: Sunfed - Sunfed Meats

Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Sunfed® is a high protein food system to make ‘meat’ directly from plants. Using clean technology, proteins are taken from plants and turned into Sunfed Meats® that taste, feel and cook like animal meat, but is a healthier environmentally-friendly option. The meat substitute market is a growing one with lifestyle trends and awareness of animal and human diseases associated with diet. Sunfed® uses proprietary technology to transform short unaligned plant protein fibres into long meaty fibres that have the sensory attributes of meat with the health benefits of plants. Sunfed® aims to bring New Zealand to the forefront of clean, green and sustainable food production.
Highly Commended: AUT/NZA - New Zealand SKA Alliance Big Data Challenges
Highly Commended: Avertana - Extracting Value from Industrial Waste

STARTUP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Ligar - Ligar in the Environment

Sponsored by Veda
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are designed to capture specific molecules, allowing them to be filtered out of a flow and, if desirable, extracted for reuse. Ligar can manufacture large volumes of MIPs to remove heavy metals, organic pollutants and other molecules from waterways and fluid food and beverages. MIPs can remove substances such as pesticides, heavy metal contaminants, and flavour taints from wine and food oils. It can also extract or isolate highly valuable molecules from plant extracts. MIPs have existed since the 1970s for identifying molecules but the innovation of large scale production is a game-changer for the food and beverage industries.
Highly Commended: OnSide
Highly Commended: Wine Grenade

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

WINNER: Manaiakalani Education Trust - The Manaiakalani Programme

Sponsored by Yellow
The Manaiakalani Programme and Outreach involves an innovative digital learning approach and framework, delivering high-end digital learning and citizenship to learners in the lower socio-economic area of Tamaki in Auckland. Integrating parental and community support with professional development for teachers and an innovative design, the Manaiakalani Programme has been independently verified to demonstrate that students are learning at a base rate of 1.5 times the normal NZ learning rate, with increased attendance levels and a sharp improvement in on-task behaviour. Manaiakalani sustainably and demonstrably lifts achievement, and the persistent commitment to evaluation and a design-based approach drives continual improvement.
Highly Commended: Countdown - The Foodbank Project
Highly Commended: KiwiHarvest

INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT

WINNER: Squiggle - Young Engineers

Sponsored by Poutama Trust
The Manaiakalani Programme and Outreach involves an innovative digital learning approach and framework, delivering high-end digital learning and citizenship to learners in the lower socio-economic area of Tamaki in Auckland. Integrating parental and community support with professional development for teachers and an innovative design, the Manaiakalani Programme has been independently verified to demonstrate that students are learning at a base rate of 1.5 times the normal NZ learning rate, with increased attendance levels and a sharp improvement in on-task behaviour. Manaiakalani sustainably and demonstrably lifts achievement, and the persistent commitment to evaluation and a design-based approach drives continual improvement.

EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)
When the New Zealand kiwifruit industry was decimated by a vine-killing pathogen six years ago, new bacteria-resistant cultivars were immediately developed, utilising resources committed to the crisis by Zespri, Plant and Food Research (PFR), and the government. The resulting Zespri SunGold kiwifruit has been a stunning commercial success, delivering over a billion dollars of sales, and is on target to generate about $40 billion over its Plant Variety Rights (PVR) life. SunGold is popular with consumers around the world, driving up demand, earning premium prices and generating value for growers, and allowing the kiwifruit industry to recover. Zespri has now licensed SunGold to be globally grown to ensure year-round supplies, and continues to invest millions annually into kiwifruit varieties for commercialisation.

SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

WINNER: Zespri - SunGold Kiwifruit

Sponsored by Sovereign
When the New Zealand kiwifruit industry was decimated by a vine-killing pathogen six years ago, new bacteria-resistant cultivars were immediately developed, utilising resources committed to the crisis by Zespri, Plant and Food Research (PFR), and the government. The resulting Zespri SunGold kiwifruit has been a stunning commercial success, delivering over a billion dollars of sales, and is on target to generate about $40 billion over its Plant Variety Rights (PVR) life. SunGold is popular with consumers around the world, driving up demand, earning premium prices and generating value for growers, and allowing the kiwifruit industry to recover. Zespri has now licensed SunGold to be globally grown to ensure year-round supplies, and continues to invest millions annually into kiwifruit varieties for commercialisation.

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

WINNER: Jenene Crossan - Flossie.com

Sponsored by 3M
Jenene has over twenty-one years’ experience in the digital arena and has founded a number of well-known digital brands. She is constantly creating, inventing, failing, learning and investing in new ideas and progress. Jenene has worked in project management and web development from a young age, launching a number of online social magazines, often with a focus on women. Jenene believes progress comes from insight, curiosity and listening to customer experiences. Her track record has attracted major investors over the years and she continues to develop new digital projects such as ‘Flossie’. Jenene’s core belief is that innovation comes from people who are comfortable with change and their own vulnerability, who have a willingness to be wrong and do things differently, and who ‘just keep on starting’.

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Jamie Beaton - Crimson Education

Sponsored by Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Jamie Beaton is an evangelist for data-driven self-improvement and his educational model relies on tutoring from experts in their field, and mentoring students towards lofty educational goals. Acquiring Angel investor capital of NZD$1.4 million to launch, Crimson Education has already returned that investment twenty-fold, as the company expands and attracts heavy investment from the USA. Jamie believes in getting your education from the ‘best tutor available’ instead of taking chances with the teacher at your local school. Learning outside the classroom meant Jamie could learn five times faster. His results-driven methodology is appealing to students, parents and investors. Jamie is about to complete two concurrent degrees at Harvard and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Applied Financial Mathematics. He is a driven, energetic negotiator and likes to make things happen.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

WINNER: Clever Kash - ASB

Sponsored by Idealog
In an increasingly cashless society, parents find it harder to teach their children about money and savings. The ASB’s Innovation Lab and Marketing, and its partners, collaborated on the Clever Kash cashless moneybox that lets parents give children pocket money without the need for cash. This connects kids to their savings through interactivity as children ‘swipe’ virtual notes and coins into their savings account with the Clever Kash app. Clever Kash embodies the ASB vision of innovation, technology, marketing, respect for our heritage and delivering a competitive advantage.
Runner Up: Pop-Up Globe
2nd Runner Up: Educa

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