The Bay's Young Innovators

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Last week I attended the Young Innovators Awards, the preeminent local  competition for school kids aged 9 -18 here in the Bay.  There were over 300 applications and the winners were astounding.  If you ever find yourself reflecting on the challenges of today’s world and its pace of change with any fear, a few minutes with these young kids will right your confidence.  Their self-assurance, sheer smarts, but without losing that quintessential kiwi humility is a sight to behold. 

Congratulations to all the place getters and in particular the category winners  - Sam Sheaff from Mount Maunganui (Junior), the Mount Maunganui Intermediate team (Intermediate) and Lydia Gilmour from Tauranga Girls (Senior).  You did yourselves and your parents proud.  Well done to all the teachers who are supporting the YIA concept.  Innovation, science and entrepreneurial spirit must be supported in our schools to ensure our kids are able to absorb the challenges of our fast changing world and flourish.  It is in all of our interests that they do.

Can I add my voice to those acknowledging the efforts of Andrew Coker the retiring head of Priority One.  He has been a tireless advocate for our region.

Andrew is someone who knows the power of a community whose energies are harnessed towards an achievable and well-articulated vision.  This region is indebted to you.