Plant scientist to talk about life
A horticultural scientist with Matamata connections will be the guest speaker at the Matamata Continuing Education Group’s October meeting on Labour Day.
Jill Stanley, who will be in town for the 50th Jubilee reunion of Matamata Intermediate School, will talk to the group about some of her experiences as a scientist in New Zealand and abroad.
Over the years she has been responsible for many horticultural research projects in New Zealand and overseas, including a mine revegetation project at the giant Freeport gold, silver and base metals mine in the remote mountains of West Papua, in Indonesian New Guinea. In Germany she has studied blueberry production and in New Zealand has worked on berry fruit, apples, olives and apricots.
Born here and educated at Matamata Primary and Intermediate School and Matamata College, Jill studied at Waikato and Massey Universities before taking up a post with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, later Hort Research and now Plant and Food Research, in Palmerston North. She was seconded to the Institute for Horticultural Research at Littlehampton in England and later moved to the Riwaka Horticultural Research Station in Nelson.
She was appointed Hort Research business leader for Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with IRTA, the Spanish horticultural research organisation. After four years in Spain she returned to New Zealand to take up the position of scientist in charge of the Plant & Food Research Centre at Clyde, in Central Otago.
Jill is the New Zealand representative on the Council of the International Society for Horticultural Science and is vice-president of the committee organising the International Horticultural Research Congress in Brisbane in 2014.
The meeting will be held in the Presbyterian Hall, Meura St, Matamata at 9.45am on Monday, October 24 (Labour Day). Anyone interested in hearing Jill’s talk is welcome to attend.