Category: Success Stories

Much interest in Positively Pregnant

Much interest in Positively Pregnant

Positively Pregnant logo

With the launch of the upgraded Positively Pregnant app for iPhone and Android, there has been a great deal of media interest in the app and how it supports women to manage stress and maintain wellbeing during pregnancy. University of Waikato psychology researcher, Dr Carrie Barber, who developed the concept, has been interviewed in print in IdeaLog, Stuff, Newshub, and Radio New Zealand (audio). You can download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and you can find out more about the app and the research behind it at

With investment from KiwiNet and the University of Waikato, WaikatoLink is very pleased to be able to help support Dr Barber’s initiative, which is already helping pregnant women around New Zealand. Commercialisation Specialist Shlok Kant is working with Dr Barber to build partnerships with NZ organisations that support wellness, to ensure every woman who might find Positively Pregnant to be helpful has access to it.

By May 2021, about 200 women were downloading Positively Pregnant each week. By comparison, about 1000 women in NZ conceive each week.

For more information about how organisations can partner with Positively Pregnant, please contact Shlok Kant at

Waikato Scientific Instruments launched

Waikato Scientific Instruments launched

Waikato Scientific Instruments Logo

One of the many things that makes scientific research projects challenging is that it is often not possible (or, at least, it can be very hard) to carry out the project with the tools and instruments that are available at the start of the project. For example, when Italian mathematician/ scientist Galileo Galilei wanted to see the planets of the solar system more clearly, he first had to develop an astronomical telescope.

Researchers at the University of Waikato are often in a similar situation and, when they develop new tools or instruments to do their research, they sometimes find that other researchers around the world have the same needs. To meet those needs, we have created the brand and website Waikato Scientific Instruments to make those tools and instruments available more broadly.

Led by Commercialisation Specialist Doug Hillyer, Waikato Scientific Instruments’ first product is the SypTM automatic fluid sampler (shown on a benchtop and in a cave) conceived by Associate Professor Adam Hartland and developed and manufactured by our partners Bentech Ltd of Hamilton, NZ through a commercialisation project with investment from KiwiNet and the University of Waikato.

The autosampler sitting on a bench

We officially launched SypTM in May 2021 and the auto sampler is already attracting a lot of excitement and good numbers of sales to cave and water research groups around the world. You can find out all the details about SypTM and why cave and water researchers are excited about it on Waikato Scientific Instruments’ website at If you are interested in the sampler, please contact Doug Hillyer at

The auto sampler working in a cave

We are currently working on another couple of instruments that could be suitable for distribution through Waikato Scientific Instruments and expect the brand to include a growing number of products over time.


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