The Kudos Documentary

Who We Are

The Kudos – Hamilton Science Excellence Awards is a celebration of Waikato scientists and their world leading research and innovation. The Waikato region in the central North Island of New Zealand is a hub of science activity, and boasts some of the nations’ leading innovation and scientific discoveries. Waikato scientists continue to lead in areas of Agriculture, Medical and Environmental research, thrusting them into the limelight at the highly sort after and now recognisably prestigious, “the Kudos” – Hamilton Science Excellence Awards.

History and Aims

The Hamilton Science Awards Trust was established in April 2007 with the following aims: To recognise the contributions of scientists working in the Waikato River catchment. To encourage high school students to enter the sciences To raise the profile of science achievements within the Waikato community, 2007 was the inaugural year for (the) KuDos awards and the Trust intends to hold the awards annually. Cash rewards offered to scientists must be used to advance science in the Waikato region.

Trustees

Prof. Ross Lawrenson
Prof. Ross Lawrenson
Ross Lawrenson (MBBS London, MD London, FRCGP, FFPH FAFPHM) is Professor of Population Health at the University of Waikato and Clinical Director for Strategy and Funding, Waikato District Health Board. He has a track record of health services research using GP databases and record linkage. He has also been leading research into health inequalities within New Zealand. His recent research includes studies into prostate and breast cancer.
Dr. Kerst Stelwagen
Dr. Kerst Stelwagen
Kerst is the founding director of Sci-lactis Ltd, a niche consulting and contract-research company founded in 2010, providing strategy and R&D support to companies and organisations in the agritech and value-added food sectors of NZ and overseas. Prior to setting up Sci-Lactis he worked for at AgResearch for 18years as a dairy scientist, Team Leader and senior science manager, heading the Dairy Science & Technology Department.
Roger Cox
Roger Cox
Roger has been a teacher at Fairfield College for the past 43 years, and is retiring at the end of this year. It has been hugely rewarding to see the development of confidence and competence in students in this low decile school, which has had a challenging teaching environment. Most of our Year 13 students leave school as fully independent learners who are able to cope well with the demands of the ‘real world’. I love teaching Science, Biology and Horticulture, and will continue in ‘education’ into the future.
Dr. Roger Hill
Dr. Roger Hill
Roger was born in Te Aroha and went to Te Aroha College, before attending Auckland University between 1969-1976 and graduating with a PhD in Chemistry. His first and only employment was with a small company called Analytical Services Ltd domiciled in Cambridge. This involved setting up and then managing the privately owned soil-testing laboratory. After eight years, he left to start Hill Laboratories, in partnership with his wife, Anne. Roger has also been involved with several industry organisations, including being the chairperson of the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council and the NZ Association of Consulting Labs. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Waikato. Roger and Anne have two sons and five grandchildren.
Ken Williamson
Ken Williamson
Ken is well known in Hamilton for his dedication to the community and over the past 30 years has given time and expertise to numerous organisations in the city. Ken’s background is in insurance and currently works for Crombie Lockwood after he and his partners sold their Hamilton based commercial brokerage Law Mooney Williamson (LMW) to them. Ken is a widely experienced governor/chair in both business and not-for-profit sectors.
Dr. Liz Carpenter
Dr. Liz Carpenter
Currently Dr Carpenter is the Principal Scientist at the Dairy Goat Cooperative NZ Ltd (DGC) with a focus on managing research on goat milk nutritional powders and also providing training support within the DGC Asian markets. Dr Carpenter is well regarded within the Hamilton / Waikato science community and is a Trustee on both the Hamilton Science Excellence Awards Trust and the Exscite Trust. She has been Chief Judge for the NIWA Waikato Science & Technology Fair for the past 6 years and is an invited member of the Industry Reference Group (IRG) for the Immune Health area of the High Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge.
Heather Claycomb
Heather Claycomb
Heather founded HMC communications in May 2004. She has a unique background in communications, marketing, sales and public relations with industries as diverse as telecommunications, agriculture and energy. In 2015, Heather was named a Fellow of the PR Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and is the Waikato region’s representative on the professional body’s National Council. Born and educated in the United States, Heather earned her MBA from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) in 1992 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA) in 1990. She earned the internationally recognized Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2009. Heather is on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity Central North Island and Willow Creek NZ. She is also Chair of the Hamilton Science Awards Trust.
Rachel Kelly
Rachel Kelly
Rachel Kelly, MSc(Hons) is an ex-Scientist, California Biotech Alumni, and Founding Director of SparkTank, Ltd, a business consultancy specializing in technology transformations. She is Deputy Chair of NZTech, Executive Director of the Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF), and a member of the Institute of Directors. Rachel is also a public speaker on technology leadership and innovation, and has offered advisory to the NZ Future of Work Commission.
Kate Wilson
Kate Wilson
Kate has been in the science & innovation space for over three decades with degrees in Physics & Chemistry, working in Environmental Physics at Ruakura Research Centre, patent attorney, internationally recognised Intellectual Property (IP) strategist and managing partner at James & Wells – original sponsors of Kudos. Currently she divides her time between being proprietor of Prof’s@Woodlands café, providing high level business & IP strategic advice plus director and trustee of various organisations including Waikato Food Inc, Woodlands Estate and Quantec.

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CONTACT US

Soteria Ieremia projectmanager@thekudos.org.nz

Hamilton Science Awards Trust
P O Box 9512
Hamilton
New Zealand