The Innovators exhibition celebrates not only the achievements but the entire process of innovation, from conceptualisation to creation, and explores the learnings from setbacks overcome along the way. Here visitors will gain a unique insight into the personal attributes and thought processes of ordinary Kiwis who have achieved extraordinary feats.

Innovators sharing their stories and hard-won wisdom include Peter Beck from Rocket Lab, Ian Taylor from Animation Research Limited, and Dr Keith Alexander from Springfree Trampoline. The exhibition explores the personalities and contributions of well-known public figures, and equally importantly, their lesser known colleagues who work behind the scenes but without whom the innovations would not be possible. These teams will motivate young and old to be innovators in their own lives, to tackle the problems they see around them and adopt a new way of looking at the world to achieve their goals and make a difference to society.

The exhibition space has recently been updated, introducing four inspiring new exhibitors, featuring: Goodnature’s poison-free pest eradication equipment, Hiakai: the story of Monique Fiso – renowned chef and Maori cuisine champion , Lanaco’s respiratory filter masks, made of New Zealand wool, and ARANZ’s Medical laser scanning technology.