Lincoln University graduation a celebration of achievement

Honorary doctorates for Synlait co-founder John Penno and naturalist Hugh Wilson will be among nearly 600 awards presented at the 2019 Lincoln University Graduation on May 3.

The ceremonies will also feature posthumous awards to two victims of the Christchurch terror attacks and to a student who died in an accident last year.

Lincoln’s acting vice-chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, said the graduation was a celebration of students’ hard work and achievements, and that included the posthumous awards. Continue reading

Synlait’s R & D team is welcomed to Massey’s Manawatu campus

Synlait Palmerston North has been officially opened on Massey University’s Manawatu campus.

Synlait managing director and chief executive officer John Penno said Synlait Palmerston North is home to the dairy processing company’s new Research and Development Centre.

“We have some major opportunities in front of us,” he said.

“With the strong team and partnerships we’ve got in place to lead liquid innovation within our business, we won’t miss a beat.”

Synlait’s Palmerston North team, based in the Riddet Complex, will primarily concentrate on innovative dairy liquid product development, as well as supporting processes and technology.

Massey University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, when opening the facility, highlighted the important new relationship between Synlait and the university.

“The establishment of Synlait’s new Research and Development Centre at Massey’s Manawatū campus is an excellent example of industry and the University collaborating closely to achieve real, tangible outcomes,” Professor Thomas said.

“Strategic partnerships like these are vital if we are to start and grow new industries, create new jobs, and remain competitive in the global marketplace. Massey University is New Zealand’s premier provider of food research and education, and at the forefront of pioneering such partnerships with the food industry,” she said.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith, FoodHQ chief executive officer Dr Abby Thompson, and Distinguished Professors Harjinder Singh and Paul Moughan, of the Riddet Institute, were among those who attended the opening function.

Synlait, a publicly listed company, now employs more than 550 people in Canterbury, Auckland, and Palmerston North.

Source: Massey University