A primary objective of The New Zealand Plant Protection Society is to pool and exchange information on the biology of weeds, invertebrate and vertebrate pests, pathogens and beneficial organisms, and methods for modifying their effects.

The NZPPS/Zespri Kiwifruit Scholarship was awarded to a post-graduate student researching a plant protection topic related to the kiwifruit industry.

This one-off scholarship was possible thanks to Zespri, and was funded by the proceeds of our jointly-run and highly successful PSA symposium held in Palmerston North in 2016.

Scholarship applications from students at a New Zealand university or students registered in other recognised New Zealand tertiary institutions were considered.

In making awards, consideration was given to:

  • The quality, appropriateness and relevance of the proposed research
  • The academic record of the applicant
  • A supporting statement from supervisors, peers or sponsors.

Recipients were encouraged to become members of the Society and present a paper about their research to one of the Society’s conferences.

The monetary value of this one-off Kiwifruit Scholarship was $3,500.

The recipient of the NZPPS/Zespri Kiwifruit Scholarship was Casey Flay, a PhD student from Massey University.