Boy’s creation stacks up
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.