Innovation

Impress Media Australia works with a range of innovative Australian companies and individuals. Please read the stories below for details.

Amanda Warren with Vic Ratnieks (centre) and husband Mark at the Gumeracha HotelAmanda Warren with Vic Ratnieks (centre) and husband Mark at the Gumeracha HotelThe Gumeracha Hotel has won an Australian Hotels Association of SA Award for innovation for its nimble customer-focussed response to the pandemic, assisted by a Facebook Messenger ordering app designed by hungry software developer Vic Ratnieks.

The renovated hotel collected the Excellence award in the ‘Recognition of Adaption & Innovation’ category – along with Crown Inn Kingston and The Playford in Adelaide – which means they will represent SA in the AHA National Awards, to be held in Hobart on February 7 next year.

Gumeracha Hotel owners Mark and Amanda Warren scored the award for their innovative response during the depths of last year’s COVID-19 downturn when trade was decimated by lockdowns and social distancing limits when no one was allowed to go to a pub or dine in. 

HHS 100 organising committee WHawera High School Centennial organising committee:
Back row: Judyth Marsh, Shontae Broughton-Malcolm, Dinah Kupe-King, Anne Duffy.
Second row: Fiona Nicholson, Harvey Tutauha, Peter Mihaljevich, Pauline Hurley, Tracey Hardy, Sandy Tosland.
Front row: Alan Drake (Sec.), Donald Stockwell (Chair), Judy Brown (Dept. Chair.), Val Baylis (Treas), Rachel Williams (Principal).
Hawera High School will celebrate 100 years of co-educational secondary education in South Taranaki during the 2019 Labour Weekend, on October 25-27.

As Hawera High prepares to embark on a major rebuild of the school, former teachers, old scholars and members of the South Taranaki community have the chance to farewell school landmarks such as the Laurenson Block and High School Hall, where many a student laboured over their School C exam papers.

Events during the Hawera High 100 weekend include a Centennial cricket match; a Friday night meet and greet; school tours, decade photos, the Dedication & Centennial cake cutting, winding up with a Cabaret on Saturday, and the Official Jubilee luncheon on Sunday. For a brief rundown on the colourful history of Hawera High and details about registering to attend events, visit https://www.hawerahighreunion.com/.

Stephanie MorozA Queensland-based business with deep energy technology expertise, Davanz, is aiming to accelerate Australia’s innovative application of its rich renewable energy resources. 

Davanz has an impressive client list that includes CSIRO, Woodfordia, Anteo Technologies, H2H Energy, the Queensland Government, the Sunshine Coast Council, and Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.

Davanz founder Stephanie Moroz said the development and deployment of new energy technologies was a central economic challenge and opportunity for Australia and the world. “Just as fossil fuels powered economic development during the 20th century, renewable energy sources will drive that process during the 21st,” she said.