A 12-year-old from Tauranga took the top award for young people in the National Fieldays Innovation Competition - winning the Young Inventor of the Year award.
Jasmine Creighton from Tauranga Intermediate invented the Pigtail Transporter, a wheeled unit to carry fencing standards (known as pigtails) and electric fence reels. She designed the transporter for a science fair and found the outcome so successful, she decided to enter the Fieldays competition.
She said she was really excited to win the award. "I live on a lifestyle block and it's really hard work having to carry standards and reels around. I can't carry many standards and have to put them down while I push one into the ground.
" The Pigtail Transporter is light, strong and made of aluminium so it won't rust. It would be ideal for lifestyle block owners and smaller farmers who tend to do a lot of break-feeding. "
Jasmine did a lot of research for the project, including seeking comparative prices for the welding work.
"I emailed people and got pricing from China. It was about half the price in China but I realised I would have to pay to have it sent back over here, so I went with a local company." Clarke Engineering at Mount Maunganui did the welding work.
The transporter is designed to be pulled along manually, and can carry about 50 standards and up to four reels.
Jasmine lives on a lifestyle block with her family, with cows, sheep, a dog, three cats and two alpacas.
"I love it. I would like to be either a vet or a farmer when I grow up, or both if possible," she said.
Jasmine's mother Petra Creighton said she was very proud of her daughter.
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