Boy’s cre­ation stacks up

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Twelve-year-old Pa­trick Roskam spent Thurs­day night mix­ing with some of the coun­try’s most in­no­va­tive minds.

The in­ven­tor of the Gud­geon Pro 5 in 1 – a fenc­ing tool, used to quickly and ac­cu­rately hang gates – was named the Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner at the an­nual New Zealand In­no­va­tors Awards.

Pa­trick took out the award with an out­stand­ing 2023 votes, al­most 700 more than the near­est fi­nal­ist. ‘‘It was pretty cool,’’ he said. Fam­ily, friends and strangers from as far as Canada, Hol­land and the United States voted for Pa­trick online.

Pa­trick was also a fi­nal­ist in the Most In­spir­ing In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory and judges chose to highly com­mend him.

In­gle­wood High School stu­dent Ayla Hutchin­son won the cat­e­gory with her in­ven­tion the Kin­dling Cracker.

Other fi­nal­ists at the event in­cluded creators of the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge Sky­Path, the Air New Zealand Sky­Couch and Wiki New Zealand.

It was the first op­por­tu­nity Pa­trick has had to show his tool to in­ven­tors out­side of the farm­ing in­dus­try.

‘‘ Pa­trick spent most of the night ex­plain­ing what a gud­geon was,’’ said his mum An­gela Roskam.

‘‘[Other fi­nal­ists] were just re­ally im­pressed with [the Gud­geon Pro] and sur­prised at how old he was.’’

It was good prac­tise for the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent, who is the guest speaker at tomorrow night’s Smart Waikato Young En­ter­prise Awards in Hamil­ton.

Pa­trick has to sign off on the fi­nal de­sign of the Gud­geon Pro next month and will then move into the man­u­fac­tur­ing stage.

Hamil­ton- based man­u­fac­tur­ers AL­PAC and INEX are help­ing with his first pro­duc­tion run of 1000 and he plans to as­sem­ble the fi­nal prod­uct him­self.

The Gud­geon Pro 5 in 1 will be of­fi­cially launched and for sale at next year’s Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek.

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Peo­ple’s Choice:

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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