Learn more about the amazing sponsors who supported the 2018 Innovative Young Minds programme below. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 programme, please get in touch!

Hutt City Councilevent website logo

Hutt City Council is committed to transforming Lower Hutt into one of New Zealand's leading economic growth centres based on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM). Our objective is to provide opportunities for young people – our future innovators and entrepreneurs - to explore a range of career opportunities that will provide an exciting future for them and a prosperous future for our community.

Hutt City Council is proud to be the principal sponsor and delivery partner for the 2018 Innovative Young Minds programme. We believe the programme will help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists through its hands-on real world approach.


Dr Laura Sessions, STEMM Sector Development Manager

Rotary Hutt CityHutt Rotary

Rotary Hutt City have partnered with Hutt City Council to bring you Innovative Young Minds. Rotary Hutt City has a long history in the Hutt Valley of delivering quality programmes and events in our community. We are especially excited about Innovative Young Minds.

IYM will give young women students the opportunity to experience the ever-growing technology sector first hand by immersing them in a range of innovative industries. Our hope is to inspire and engage young women into technology, where currently women are significantly underrepresented.


Sue Avison, Past President, Rotary Hutt City

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation's purpose is to help New Zealand businesses succeed through technology. They provide a single front door to the innovation system for businesses at all stages of their innovation journey – from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers. About 300 researchers, engineers, scientists, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, advisors and administrators deliver self-help and on-demand services and tailored programmes.

Contact: 0800 422 552 or info@callaghaninnovation.govt.nz

Flight Plastics

Established in the early 1900s, Flight Plastics is a proud Lower Hutt based manufacturer committed to serving customers with innovative plastics and packaging solutions. During the 1970s Flight Plastics pioneered local production of PET roll stock and thermoformed plastic containers. They were also the first Australasian company producing eco-friendly RPET roll stock and finished containers on one site. Flight recently built New Zealand’s only integrated RPET processing plant and the first state-of-the-art RPET processing plant in New Zealand.  Around 20,000 tonnes of PET packaging is consumed each year in NZ, mostly as drink bottles and food packaging. Up until now these are baled and sent offshore for processing and re importing. Flight has now found a way to recycle this packaging into new, food-grade plastic containers.

Contact: +64 4 576 2344 or sales@flightplastics.co.nz

Fraser Engineering Group

The Fraser Engineering Group had its beginnings in 1953 when John Fraser (CEO) started a business at home, built on his technical expertise and a vision of the role that computer technology would play in the future. It is from this foundation that the Fraser Engineering Group has grown to be the number one in its field in the Wellington region.

Fraser Engineering Group prides itself on its company values, integrity, excellence and teamwork. Our company is customer-focussed and proud of its reputation for innovation, quality and professional friendly service.

Contact: +64 4 568 6819 or inbox@fraser.org.nz  

 GK Shaw Ltd

GK Shaw Ltd was established as a civil contracting company in 1937. Their work on coastal marine structures involves potentially high-risk work sites in busy operational ports or public waterfront areas with large numbers of stakeholders. The company is well regarded for its niche market capability and problem-solving abilities relating to civil construction. The company’s reputation is built on the experienced management staff and their complementary skill sets that often lead to innovative construction techniques with purpose-built plant and equipment.

Contact: (04) 939 2124

GNS ScienceGNS logo

GNS Science is proud to be associated with Innovative Young Minds, opening their facilities to young enquiring minds to broaden their knowledge of geological, environmental and forensic science. The science students will be hosted at GNS Science as part of their week-long science immersion event, networking with scientists and undertaking a series of hands on activities to experience new ideas such as honey identification through palynology, earthquake analysis, liquid nitrogen handling, and fabric forensics.
GNS Science has a long track record of working with Hutt Valley schools and regularly hosts budding student scientists to give them a taste of what it is like to work in a science organisation, providing them with laboratory visits and a deeper understanding of Earth Science issues.


Dr Karyne Rogers, Senior Scientist

Massey University College of Health

Massey University College of Health is a dynamic hub of leading academics and researchers working together to solve the global health challenges of the 21st century. The College of Health partners with New Zealand and international stakeholders to lead the improvement of health and wellbeing, and promote equity and social justice.

In line with the philosophy of Hauora, our strategic approach to learning, teaching and research is to view optimal health and wellbeing as the outcome of multiple factors encompassing individual differences, diversity, social determinants and environmental interactions.

Contact: 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) or contact@massey.ac.nz


Resene are manufacturers of colours, coatings, wood stains and paints for exterior and interior house painting plus commercial, industrial and marine painting applications.

Glowing like a paint box in a dazzling palette of colours, a two-storeyed building in Lower Hutt is the head office of New Zealand's largest privately-owned and operated paint manufacturing company, Resene Paints Limited.

Contact: 0800 RESENE (737 363) or advice@resene.co.nz

Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of ScienceVUW

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to be supporting the Innovative Young Minds programme in encouraging more women into STEM careers.

Our mission is to educate and inspire the next generation. To do this we provide an inspiring learning environment—with excellent teaching staff who are passionate about their subjects, state-of-the-art facilities, and courses and programmes that are always at the cutting edge of knowledge.

Our students gain the essential skills needed to become innovators in the evolving job market of the future–developing new technologies, treating diseases, protecting the environment, and addressing the many other problems facing the world.

Student Recruitment and Orientation
course-advice@vuw.ac.nz  or call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867)


Wellington is New Zealand’s creative capital. There’s a real need for skills in IT, Creative Technologies and Engineering Technologies.

WelTec’s programmes range from certificate through to degree and postgraduate options. They are developed in partnership with industry to ensure students learn the skills employers need. Their applied teaching allows you to connect with your career of choice.

Innovative Young Minds is an excellent opportunity for young people to experience different options, pursue interests and advance their technology careers. Inspiring young women by supporting and challenging them to realise their goals is one of the reasons WelTec is a proud sponsor of this initiative.


Graham Carson, Head of Engineering: graham.carson@weltec.ac.nz

Mary Proctor, Head of IT: Mary.Proctor@wandw.ac.nz

Esther Scammell – Acting Head of Creative Technologies: Esther.Scammell@weltec.ac.nz

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) supports economic performance across the region to enhance prosperity, vibrancy and liveability for the 505,000 people who live and work here.

WREDA is thrilled to support Rotary, Hutt City Council and Lower Hutt based technology businesses to kick start the technology journeys of some of the region's brightest young women. The innovation and technology sector continues to grow in the Wellington region with an ever increasing need for passionate and skilled people at all levels. A huge array of opportunities exist and IYM will ‘open the eyes’ of young women at a critical stage in their career pathway.


Cath Randall, Skills Development Manager: cath.randall@WellingtonNZ.com

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