Innovation & Number 8 Wire - NZ Innovation Historically

Talk by Gavin O'Brien on Ernest and Hannah Hayes, innovation in the design and marketing of products in the Maniototo in the 19th century.
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Gavin O'Brien is a senior lecturer in Product Design at Otago Polytechnic and has a Masters degree in Applied Science from Otago University. Gavin will be discussing his studies based on the work of Ernest Hayes as an industrial designer and Hannah Hayes as a marketing pioneer. The records of Hannah's sales exploits by bicycle into the Maniototo in the late 19th Century are a fascinating insight into the agricultural landscape of the time. Ernest's legacy is the Hayes 'chain grip' wire strainer patented in the early 1920's and awarded a New Zealand design award in 1981. This item is still being widely sold, practically unchanged almost a century after it's inception. Together, Ernest and Hannah pioneered product design and marketing within the South Island and are an fascinating example of kiwi ingenuity. 

  • Agriculture
  • Debate
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chain
  • Workshop

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Gavin O'Brien is currently a senior lecturer in Product Design at Otago Polytechnic and holds a Masters degree in Applied Science from Otago University.
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