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May, 2017

Ma te Wa New Zealand, Kia Ora Illinois

May 28
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Wade Beasley, Abrielle Joseph, Abigail Lashmett, and Collin Smith


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Technology, User-Centered Design, and Rugby in Auckland!

May 27
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Cody Morris, Sydney Mumm, Kayla Peterson, and Alex Ruwe

We started the day off early and met in the lobby of the Juicy Snooze at 7:00am. We had a full day ahead of us, so we quickly departed the hostel and walked down the hill into the city to grab a bite to eat in downtown Auckland.


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Livestock Improvement Corporation & Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton

May 26
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Lauren Carter, Madison Merdian, Yuxuan Tang and Krista Temple

“Aotearoa” is the Mauri name for New Zealand, meaning “land of the long white cloud.” When we woke up in Hamilton this morning, that was exactly what we found as a dense fog covered the region.


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Exploring Fonterra, New Zealand's Largest Dairy Product Exporter

May 25
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Jenna Davis, Haley Maples, Brandon Whewell & Justin Zinkl

Today started off with a continental breakfast. It included pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, pastries, a yogurt bar, and (unfortunately) instant coffee (several people miss brewed coffee). Then we boarded the bus with Jeff, our bus driver for the North Island, to head off to our busy day full of Fonterra related activities.


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Visits to ADM, Port of Tauranga, and Hobbiton!

May 23
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Wade Beasley, Abrielle Joseph, Abigail Lashmett & Collin Smith


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Exploring the Kiwifruit & Manuka Honey Value Chains

May 23
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Leyton Brown, Peter Laudeman, Sara Lemenager & Maggi Maxstadt

We woke up at the Trinity Wharf Hotel and had a delicious continental breakfast, with amazing views of the sunrise over the bay. We headed out for our first stop at 8:30am. Before we started our day, the new bus driver, Jeff, introduced himself to us and gave us some background on Tauranga.


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Goodbye, South Island!

May 22
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Lauren Carter, Madison Merdian, Yuxuan Tang, and Krista Temple

We started the morning in Kaikoura. A few of us got up early to enjoy the coast. The mountains and the South Pacific with the sun rising over them were beautiful!


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Understanding Earthquake Response & Resiliency in Christchurch

May 20
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Cody Morris, Sydney Mumm, Kayla Peterson & Alex Ruwe

We started off this morning by heading to downtown Christchurch. There, we met with Jo Stevenson to tour the city and learn about the earthquake that had taken place in February 2011. Jo studied Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in college (she’s an alumna of UIUC), where she met her Kiwi husband, Mark. For graduate school, however, she studied natural disaster management.


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New Zealand Merino & Maori Encounters in Christchurch

May 20
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Jenna Davis, Haley Maples, Brandon Whewell & Justin Zinkl,


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Inverary Station, Agriseeds, and Lincoln University Dairy Farm

May 19
Anna Fairbairn, IBIP Group Leader

By: Leyton Brown, Peter Laudeman, Sara Lemenager & Maggi Maxstadt


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