Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Supporters Acknowledged In Science Festival Life Memberships

29 January 2014

Dedicated Supporters Acknowledged In Science Festival Life Memberships

Two of the science community’s strongest supporters of the New Zealand International Science Festival have been rewarded with life memberships at tonight’s AGM held in Dunedin.

Former Festival President Mike Harte and Financial Advisor Wai Piggott were each awarded a life membership of the New Zealand International Science Festival for outstanding services and expertise delivered since the Festival was established in 1997.

New Zealand International Science Festival president Dr Michele Coleman says while president, Mr Harte campaigned heavily for the future of the Festival and was vocal about the Festival’s achievements, while Mrs Piggott’s expertise has proved invaluable to the executive, securing the financial viability of the festival long term.

“Under Mike’s leadership the festival was able to move forward, seeking government funding and ensuring the festival’s link with the global community through his IT skills and knowledge. Mike has also played an important part on the development of the festival team throughout the years, assisting with recruitment and festival planning and helping to build our relationship with the University of Otago.

“Wai has played an essential role on the festival executive as financial adviser, managing the festival finances and investments and assisting the festival director and team with sound advice. Wai and her family are avid supporters of the festival, attending many festival events. Without her support we wouldn’t have been able to ensure the financial sustainability of the festival into the future.”

Tonight’s awards are part of the Festival’s recent practice of awarding life memberships for outstanding service, first established in 2010 when Dame Elizabeth Hanan was awarded the festival’s first life membership, followed by Professor Jean Fleming receiving the accolade in 2012.

Mike Harte, the Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Otago, also holds a number of other roles including past national president and fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society, a past president and life member of the Association of Local Government Information Management, founding director of New Zealand Local Government Online Ltd, and a founding trustee of the Digital Community Trust for Dunedin. He is also an executive committee member of Supporting Families Otago. Wai Piggott is a financial analyst at the Dunedin City Council.

The New Zealand International Science Festival will take place in Dunedin from 5 to 14 July and includes an exciting line-up of international guests (yet to be announced), interactive events, and inspiring workshops for the whole family.

W: www.scifest.org.nz
F: https://www.facebook.com/nzscifest
T: @NZSciFest

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Port Study: Port To Ship Out – No Departure Date

Interest groups in Auckland and its waterfront chose a group of representatives to determine the future of the port. Their consensus is that the Port is going to have to move but not before a credible location is confirmed... More>>

ALSO:

Tax: GST Threshold For Online Purchases Won't Lower Before 2018

The government wants to lower the threshold on online purchases which qualify for GST from mid-2018, but says more work is needed and there will be no change without public consultation. More>>

ALSO:

North Canterbury: Government Extends Drought Classification

The government has extended a drought classification for the eastern South Island until the end of the year, meaning the area will have officially been in drought for almost two years, the longest period for such a category. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations Fail: Christchurch Convention Centre Build To Proceed Without PCNZ

After protracted negotiations, the government has ditched the construction consortium it picked to build Christchurch's replacement convention centre, which it now anticipates delivering at least two years behind the original schedule. More>>

ALSO:

Other Centres' Convention Centres:

Ruataniwha: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against $1b Dam Plan

Greenpeace NZ is launching a legal challenge against a controversial plan to build a dam that’s set to cost close to $1 billion and will pollute a region’s rivers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news