Ōtaki Innovation Hub hosts Careers Expo

Phoebe McInerney (left) and Megan Seto of Ōtaki College with the emulsion fuels blending technology
Phoebe McInerney (left) and Megan Seto of Ōtaki College with the emulsion fuels blending technology

An Expo highlighting careers in technology and innovation was hosted by Council on 14 June at the Innovation Hub in Ōtaki.

Around 150 adults and students attended the event, which was organised in partnership with Ōtaki and Paraparaumu Colleges, Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and the Ministry of Education.

The Innovation Hub, located within Ōtaki’s Clean Technology Business Park, is a state-of-the-art building based on strong environmental principles. It is powered by wind and solar energy and uses a harvested rainwater system for toilets. Council is currently seeking tenants to join successful rubber recycling business Entyre in the building.

Opening the Expo, Mayor Ross Church said Council is taking a long-term approach to establishing smart, sustainable industries and jobs within the region. ‘We’re very proud of what’s happening here in Ōtaki and looking forward to welcoming more forward thinking, cutting-edge businesses to the area.’

Malcolm Mason shows off crushed glass pavers made by Ōtaki firm Silaca
Malcolm Mason shows off crushed glass pavers made by Ōtaki firm Silaca

 

Brian Sharpe of Solarzone shows the benefits of harnessing solar power
Brian Sharpe of Solarzone shows the benefits of harnessing solar power