Posted by Peter Buchanan
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards finals were held early September in Wellington at Massey University, with an especially strong showing from our Auckland participants, three of whom were selected out of the four national winners. See also
All Auckland students presented exceptionally well in their 12-minute presentations.  Judges chose Auckland’s Katrina Young and Shalin Shah as the top 2 secondary students nationally, along with Auckland’s Bronwyn Wilde and Univ. Otago’s George Mander as the nation’s top 2 tertiary students.  The overall winner was George Mander, with an expertly presented address entitled “The Case for Crickets”.  The judges were Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), Kim Hill (with some probing questions!), Margaret Hyland, William Rolleston, and Russ Ballard.
Auckland’s Ellen Zhang also presented her 6-minute presentation, in support of her Federated Farmers scholarship award.
The competition concluded with a black-tie dinner at the Wellington Club followed the next day with a function at Government House - where Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David hosted us for a Forum about the future of NZ agriculture.