One person tells one person and so on and so on…

What starts a trend? What creates a habit? What defines a culture? What delivers more than at one time would have even been imagined? Our culture of excellence is driven by individuals who deliver outcomes beyond expectations. This, in turn, drives the desire to do even more, expect even more and ask others to do the same. It requires us to constantly ask, are we doing enough? Can it be done better? Can we progress further for ourselves, the cooperative, our students, our institutions, science and ultimately for humanity. These are pretty lofty ambitions that essentially had their beginnings within a small group of scientists who in 2001 believed that through The MacDiarmid Institute, New Zealand science could be more. Paul told Richard who told Steve who told Joe who told Jeff and so on and so on and so on. So here we are, our history is set, our future stands to be ever more impressive. In the pages that follow you will read the stories of alumni Keoni and Andrew who are working to literally change the world; Keoni aims to ensure water availability to all and Andrew is taking a fresh look at scientific publishing as a means of delivering faster and greater tangible outcomes from research. Both of them have chosen to do this in New Zealand. It isn’t just our alumni leading new trends; Founding Principal Investigator Jim Metson, MBIE’s inaugural Chief Scientist, offers us his opinion on the New Zealand tech economy, and we catch highlights of some of the Institute’s research that is creating new waves in the international photovoltaic research scene. Our people are aided and supported by the Institute and in turn the Institute is aided and supported by its people. This symbiotic relationship is our strength and when coupled with our forthright desire to be excellent, it is clear that we start the trend, that builds to a habit, that results in a new culture and delivers outcomes that might result one day in water for all and personal portable energy sources that fold up and fit in your pocket.