Kiwi Innovator Series 02: Chris Clay – Educationalist & Entrepreneur

Connecting Northlanders with NZ’s top sustainable innovators

NIC, a Northland-based business incubator on a mission to bring sustainable innovation to the region, today announced eight guest speakers for its Kiwi Innovators Series.

Global Forum Educator Award Winner and Microsoft Global Innovative Educator Chris Clay will head the next Kiwi Innovator workshop to be held on Friday, May 27 at community creative hub OneOneSix (116 Bank St) in Whangarei from 3.00pm.

Chris has built a diverse and acclaimed career in education and will use the Kiwi Innovator workshop to demonstrate his ground-breaking ability in making science and technology education accessible to Kiwi school kids.

Other Kiwi Innovators confirmed to visit Northland as part of the Kiwi Innovator Series, with dates and venues to be announced in the coming weeks, include:

August – Alain Brideson, founder, Brideson Industrial Design

September – Steve West, founder of, Serato

October – Simon Oakley, director, Taimana Creations

Later this year:

Malcolm Rands, founder and chief executive officer, ecostore
Campbell Brown, co-founder and chief executive officer, PredictHQ
Susan Lake, chief operations officer, Core Builder Composites
Peter Beck, chief executive officer, RocketLab
Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl, science educator and nanotechnologist

“We are very happy that these high-calibre Kiwi Innovators have agreed to participate and are excited by the prospect of connecting Northlanders with some of New Zealand’s leading proponents of sustainable innovation,” says NIC Chief Executive Martin Knoche.

Kiwi Innovator workshops are free for everyone and NIC hopes these will encourage young Northlanders to explore and pursue careers in sustainable innovation.

“The successful businesses of the future are likely to be those that combine technology and innovation in order to improve sustainable practices,” says Mr Knoche. “This represents an opportunity for Northland’s youth. NIC urges young people to consider careers that will have a positive effect on the planet.”


If you like to get in touch, please contact us.


About The Northland Innovation Centre (short: NIC)

At NIC we feel this is an appropriate metaphor. Our business is about channelling skills and resources needed to propel Northland forward as winds of change gather. Increasing pressure on our environment is forcing the world to take proactive steps toward a sustainable economy. NIC is working with partners and businesses in Northland to leverage this change in a way that will help the region build a sustainable future. Our mission to make Northland the most sustainable region in the Southern Hemisphere by 2025.

About ONEONESIX, the venue on 116 Bank St.
ONEONESIX is a developing urban community space, resurrecting a vital community resource and asset – bringing life, energy and manaakitanga (meaning: hospitality, kindness and generosity) to a building owned by all people of Whangarei. The space is led by Company of Giants, a local collective with a focus on using theatre practices to share stories, create joy, seed action, and develop together as a community.



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