Matt Philp

AuthorMatt Philp

Matt Philp began his feature writing career at the New Zealand Listener, and was a senior writer for Metro, The Press and North & South. Now a freelancer, he writes on architecture, lifestyle, business, heritage and travel for several New Zealand magazines.

Evident

This year during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in the spirit of celebrating all that New Zealand has to offer, Pure Advantage have teamed up with Kiwi Connect and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to promote some of the incredible work that is being done in the green growth and clean-tech space in New Zealand, and showcase the opportunities that exist here. With small test populations, a spirit of...

Who is the real Polluter; the Farmer or the Consumer?

Will consumers pay a premium to food producers doing the right thing by the environment? For most of us, it’s an intriguing conversation starter. For Mike and Sharon Barton, their very future hangs on the answer.    The Bartons run an award-winning 142 hectare sheep and beef property on Taupo’s western shore, where a strict cap on nitrogen discharge has been in effect since 2011. Known...

Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Never let a good crisis go to waste. So says Mark Wynne, quoting Winston Churchill. The Chief Executive of Ballance Agri-Nutrients reckons the dairy downturn has created an incentive for farmers to lift their game, not least in the environmental performance of their operations. And in Wynne’s view, doing the right thing by the environment is intimately tied to the bottom line. Take the Ballance...

The Greenest White

There’s a kind of magic to what Avertana does with waste. Using a novel chemical process, the Auckland-based startup is able to transform the rock-like waste from steel production into valuable minerals used in everything from wallboards to the white paint on a sports car, with no residual waste. Yet CEO Sean Molloy says the technology itself isn’t the most innovative aspect of Avertana. “The...

Plexisun

“It all began because I wanted a hot shower when I came in from the Coromandel surf.” So says Richard Gourley, the man behind the ‘PlexiSun’ solar thermal collector range showing at this year’s Fieldays. From devising an award-winning sun-heated outdoor shower, Gourley has extended his innovation into an entire system of solar building panels. This is not photovoltaics, he explains. “It’s a...

Flashmate

Matt Yallop is feeling battered and bruised, but triumphant. It’s 48 hours since Yallop and his FarmShed Labs colleague Fraser Smith received word that their FlashMate cow-in-heat detector won the International Innovation award at Fieldays, and in the interim he’s been neck-deep in R&D work, retrieving devices from a herd in the Waikato. Think cow dung and blows to the side – dirty work, but...

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