Nau Mai, Haere Mai! Seeking a “cool” open-minded go getter.
A Māori blueberry collective has acquired the intellectual property rights to a range of blueberry varieties. We are providing the horticultural research and development capability to the programme. Improving the “cool” chain for blueberries from harvest to customer will unlock valuable storage potential. The goal for this project is to deliver a quality product that can sustain a sea-freight oriented supply chain.
The project will focus on refining air-cooling system for use in the blueberry fields within 20-30 minutes of harvest. Static cooling and forced-draft cooling will be compared. It may also be valuable to assess the impact of ambient harvest temperatures to understand this impact, and whether a ‘cease picking’ criteria is required.
The student will work with mentors from within the companies to capture data, undertake refinements, and develop best practice manuals for harvest to customer cool chain and packaging systems. The student will visit a range of sites across the North Island, to understand current practice and review options for best practice.
We are looking for applicants that will become part of our small team over the 10 working weeks. The exact start and end dates for the project are flexible, however there will be an unpaid two-week holiday over the Christmas/New Year’s period.
To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation R&D internship, you must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in science, engineering or business at a NZ tertiary education institute; horticulture studies would be preferred.
The successful applicant will need to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel. Your place of work is Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Te Teko.
You will be required to write up a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement. Part or all of this presentation can also be utilised for fulfilling the academic requirement of your internship.
Tauira (Student) Internship Project exploring high value horticulture business
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These employers are developing a business and investment model to enable a high-value horticultural crop to be identified and commercialised for New Zealand, supported by the principles developed in the government’s Te Taiao framework. Preliminary analysis has been completed, and the student will take this analysis and further develop it into a first cut business plan in partnership with a mentor.
One employer is a collective of Māori food producers. They combine ancient traditions and values (Whanaungatanga, Kaitiakitanga, and Manaakianga) handed down by their ancestors, with modern technology and science, to produce great tasting, premium produce for the world. They are passionate about growing on Māori-owned land and creating work and career opportunities in horticulture for their people.
The other employers are horticultural innovators and have skills in orchard investment and horticultural strategy, applied research and technical improvement, as well as horticultural education and training.
The student will work with mentors from within the companies to capture growing data, scope trials, undertake a global competitor analysis and explore capital requirements in order to develop the first cut business case. The research will include an international search of fruit tree/vine and nut breeders and high productivity/high sustainability framework production styles.
We are looking for applicants that will become part of our small team over the 10 working weeks. The exact start and end dates for the project are flexible, and there will be an unpaid two-week holiday over the Christmas/New Year’s period.
To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation R&D internship, you must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in science or business at a NZ tertiary education institute; agri-business or agri-marketing studies would be preferred.
You will be required to write up a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement.