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Innovation Under The Spotlight At New Late At The Museum Series

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LATE Innovate Science: An Emerald City / Mana Maoli Collective / Stinky Jim / Dr Helen Anderson / Ray Avery An all new season of the acclaimed LATE at the Museum series kicks off in Auckland next month. The new series explores the theme of innovation - with panel discussions by New Zealand's top thinkers and music by leading performers.

On Thursday 4 March LATE 01: Innovate Science investigates the way science drives the economy and underpins our everyday life. The panel will discuss how science has helped grow our nation, from early 'Number 8 Wire' innovations in agriculture, through to atom-splitting and current biotech projects. It will then turn its attention toward where the next real innovation is needed, communicating a greater understanding and passion for science throughout New Zealand.

The panel features Dr Helen Anderson, scientist and chief executive of The Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST), alongside inventor, social entrepreneur and 'New Zealander of the Year' Ray Avery.

Dr Anderson is an expert in seismology, in particular the mechanics of large earthquakes. She has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Cambridgem, and was a practicing scientist at both New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and one of its successors, Geological and Nuclear Sciences. Dr Anderson sees her role at MoRST as using science to better the nation.

Avery was recently announced as 'New Zealander of the Year' by Prime Minister John Key, recognising his contribution to the country through science and technology. Avery is the founder of independent development agency Medicine Mondiale, which creates low cost solutions to health issues in the developing world. He's also a strong believer in Kiwi ingenuity, and devotes much of his energy to helping New Zealand realise it's 'a country of geniuses'.

Music on the evening features An Emerald City, whose sound combines Eastern traditional instruments and psychedelic leanings with experimentation and musical liberation. Also taking the stage is Mana Maoli Collective direct from Hawaii, and DJ Stinky Jim.

After-work, post-dinner or pre-club, don't miss Auckland Museum's new season of afterhours smart talk and great music.

Tickets cost $20 (plus $3 booking fee) online at, by phoning 09 306 7048 or $25 on the door.

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