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2018 Mentors/Consultants

Mentors/Consultants are vital to all CREST projects.

Each of the 2018 teams have an invaluable industry mentor/consultant who provides access to information and experiences outside the classroom.

CREST and NZIFST acknowledge the support of the following people who are mentoring school students who have entered the 2018 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge; and their respective managers, for allowing them to take valuable time out of work to do this.

2018 Mentors/Consultants

  • Amaana Pilli and Alina Rajan, Waikato University

  • Annalese Webber, Zealong Tea Estate

  • Angela Yang and Hillary Tuason, MPI Animal Products

  • Carmen Boyd and Marylou Manahan, GROENZ

  • Chathurika Samarakoon, WinTec

  • Daniela Stringer and David List, Sealord

  • Esraa El Shall, EeLaine Yeoh, Maddi Brown and Nazanin Rafati, Fonterra Brands Tip Top

2017 Team PNBHS  at the Massey University lab at Massey Uni with their mentor

2017 Team PNBHS at a Massey University lab at with their mentor


  • Isabel Buerschgens, Elise Waddell and Mitchell Thompson, Sensient Technologies

  • Kim Allan, Nelson Honey

  • Kristy Giles, Appleby Farms

  • Maria Coleman, Consultant

  • Mitchell Thompson, Sensient Technologies

  • Pip Duncan, vegetables.co.nz

  • Sandra Chambers, GreenMount Foods

  • Sarah Beaton and Amie Duan, Hawkins Watts

  • Yi-Chern Lee, Fonterra Hamilton


The following offered their services to mentor 2018 teams

  • Fiona Greig, Beef + Lamb NZ

  • Morgan Christy-Jones and Richard Todd, Fonterra Te Rapa

  • Rika Takeda, Kraft Heinz

  • Steffen Friedrich, Much Moore Ice Cream

  • Tamsyn Illston

  • Tessa Warner, Fonterra Hautapu 


 A mentor/consultant's role is to:

  • Provide advice that complements students’ ideas
  • Help the students to learn the skills they need to succeed
  • Liaise with the teacher to ensure the student’s success
  • Help students towards achieving realistic goals
  • Explain ‘how something is usually done’ or provide information about some aspect of their project
  • Suggest other questions or avenues that would be interesting and manageable to explore
  • Provide access to some equipment, a workplace, or materials if convenient and if the situation is safe.


The most successful projects come from students’ own ideas, though a project does need to be manageable and realistic.

Mentors/Consultants support the student’s initiatives but avoid doing the project for them.

Students and mentors/consultant’s alike find CREST a rewarding experience.