Bishop welcomes 2016 Hutt STEMM Festival

Hutt Valley news
Monday, February 29, 2016

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop is looking forward to the 2016 Hutt STEMM Festival, which will run from 4-12 June this year. Expressions of interest for participation in the festival have just opened.

“Last year’s inaugural STEMM festival was a big success and I’m backing this one to be even bigger and better,” says Mr Bishop.

“The Hutt Valley – or ‘Technology Valley’ – is already a hub for industries and jobs based on science, innovation, technology, engineering, manufacturing and mathematics and I’m keen to see those sectors grow for the benefit of our whole community.

“To create ‘Technology Valley’ we have to raise the profile of our STEMM sector so that more people know that over 3,900 people across more than 825 Lower Hutt businesses are employed full-time in the high-tech sector, that the sector generates $473 million in GDP already, and Lower Hutt has the fourth largest number of people in NZ employed in medium high-tech manufacturing.

“These are outstanding figures and the potential for further growth is large.

“Over the past year I’ve visited many Hutt businesses and organisations that contribute to this thriving part of our economy. I’m encouraging them to get behind the Hutt STEMM Festival 2016 and help show off ‘Technology Valley’ to the world!”