Teen’s in­ven­tion shown in south

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By BRITTANY MANN

A 13-year-old en­tre­pre­neur from Mata­mata has made his trad­ing de­but at this year’s Can­ter­bury A& P show.

Pa­trick Roskam in­vented the Gud­geon Pro for a sci­ence fair two years ago and the de­vice has since sold in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The tool en­ables farm­ers to drill straight and ac­cu­rate holes for gud­geons, the mech­a­nisms which fas­tened gates to a fence post en­abling them to open and close.

This pre­vented the gates from drag­ging on the ground, Pa­trick said.

Raised on a dairy farm, the Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent had the brain­wave for his in­ven­tion when his fa­ther Michael bought a new farm and found him­self with 20 gates to hang.

‘‘He likes ev­ery­thing per­fect, so it took him a very long time to hang them,’’ Pa­trick said.

‘‘I thought there could be a bet­ter way to do it.’’

His de­sign, which has un­der­gone sev­eral evo­lu­tions, was based on an ex­ist­ing gud­geon level.

‘‘It was a strap-on one which ev­ery­one hated.’’

The Gud­geon Pro, which sells for $299, has been sold na­tion­wide as well as to cus­tomers in Aus­tralia and Chile.

Hav­ing sold 125 of his de­sign’s most re­cent ver­sion at Mys­tery Creek Fiel­d­ays trade event in June, as well as about four a week on­line, Pa­trick thought he’d try his luck down south.

His dad saw an ad­ver­tise­ment for A& P show stalls about six weeks ago and sug­gested they take the Gud­geon Pro to Can­ter­bury.

His mother, An­gela, a teacher, as­sumed they had ‘‘missed the boat’’.

‘‘But we in­quired and they said, you’re the kid off TV’,’’ she said.

The fam­ily of five drove for two days to be at the show. It was Michael’s first time off the farm in four years.

Clad in orange and black, An­gela and daugh­ter Vic­to­ria, 6, were help­ing Pa­trick sell his prod­uct.

‘‘Peo­ple will come up to Pa­trick and ask, ‘Where’s Dad?’ But then they talk to the kid and find out he’s done it him­self.’’

‘Oh,

Photo: STACY SQUIRES

CLEVER CRE­ATION: Pa­trick Roskam, in­ven­tor and de­signer of the 5-in-1 gate hanger which helps make ac­cu­rate and straight holes, ex­plains his in­ven­tion to Fed­er­ated Farm­ers na­tional pres­i­dent Wil­liam Rolle­ston.

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