"Innovation Recognised With Golden Standard Award"

By Teresa Hattan, mediart.net.nz - 21 June 2009

The Innovation centre at the 2009 Fieldays attracted 68 entries in the six categories, all vying for the ultimate Innovation award, The Golden Standard.

The awards were presented yesterday at a breakfast function on site at Fieldays.

The Innovation Centre at Fieldays is powered by the University of Waikato.

Guest speaker, Chancellor of the University of Waikato Jim Bolger, spoke on the value of innovation and the need for an open mind when faced with the ‘big’ innovations of the century, and said “Innovation is without value if it is still in the back shed.”

Fieldays is proud to acknowledge the sponsorship of these awards from the University of Waikato, Straight Furrow and James and Wells Intellectual Property, and is excited by the number and variety of entries this year.

Fieldays Innovations organiser Lianne Dunbar said “Innovation entries this year have been outstanding in both volume and quality.”

The Environmental Golden Standard Award was won by Lindsay Lewis, for his Clean Green Effluent System. This low application, fully automated environmental effluent system, distributes the effluent evenly over a paddock thus reducing the environmental impact.