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PINZ Awards acknowledge sector’s rising stars

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A 50% jump in the number of nominations for the 2021 Primary Industries New Zealand (PINZ) Awards underpins the amount of innovation and leadership going on in the sector and growing awareness of the need to celebrate it, Federated Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland says. 
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With 65 nominations, up from just over 40 last year, judges have had the tough task of selecting finalists in seven categories.   

Winners will be announced at the PINZ Summit in Christchurch on July 6.

“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 cross-agency 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.”

Finalists in the 2021 PINZ Awards are:

Outstanding Contribution

Malcolm Bailey – Dairy Companies Association of NZ

Tony Cleland – FarmRight

Richard Lucas – Lincoln University

Industry Champion Award

Frances Clement – Policy & 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

Tōtara Industry Pilot – Scion

Cellulose nanocrystals from New Zealand Seaweeds – Scion

Hydrogen – Ballance Agri Nutrients and Hiringa Energy

Team Award

NZ Pork 

Surfing for Farmers

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