HVN was impressed with the calibre of finalists at the 2020 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards at a gala dinner held in the Grand Hall at Parliament. Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners!

HVN would particularly like to acknowledge Robbie Marris, from the University of Waikato, who received the HVN Gold Scholarship. Robbie was the student who delivered the best presentation which identifies the important role that science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) may play in developing high-value foods in Aotearoa New Zealand that have validated health benefits to assist consumers to stay healthy and well.

The value of Robbie’s HVN sponsorship is $5,000. The award was made by HVN after viewing a selection of presentations presented to the Directorate for consideration.

Robbie said of his HVN award: “It was humbling to receive the award and I feel excited about the overall future of aquaculture as an integral part of New Zealand’s economy.”

View Robbie’s video: What can seaweed aquaculture achieve?

2020 Eureka! finalists pictured with Hon Andrew Little (Minister of Justice, for Courts, Workplace Relations & Safety, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi Negotiations) [Back row, third from the right] and Debbie Chin (Chair, Eureka! Trust) [Front row, third from the right]. Robbie Maris, winner of the HVN Gold Scholarship, is in the front row on the far right.