Teenagers will be encouraged to come up with ways to use wool creatively in a bid to have them take up the torch as ”Generation Wool”.

Campaign for Wool board member and former chairman Craig Smith officially opened the South Island’s new ”wool shed” in Riverton recently, but it is no normal wool shed.

Accompanied by Wool in Schools project manager Vicki Linstrom and PGG Wrightson Wool general manager Grant Edwards, the ”wool shed,” an education resource, initiated by the Campaign for Wool, was delivered to its first stop at Aparima College.

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Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor congratulates Wool in Schools for opening their second educational container here in Riverton today.

I know the container in the North has been fully booked up with many requests for a replica in the South and it’s great to see those wishes answered so that more of our young and not-so-young Kiwis can get themselves fully informed on the potential in the wool sector.

One of my favourite facts from Wool in Schools is that Wimbledon’s tennis balls are made with New Zealand wool – known for its very good crimp factor which gives more bounce. There are so many unique ways to use wool – such as the wool boom that sucks up oil spills in oceans. Wool in Schools spans the entire educational curriculum – science, technology, arts, maths, economics. If we are to help New Zealand’s primary sectors get more value from what they do, to make the most of our unique natural advantages, we need to harness this type of innovation and tell our story.

Natural fibres like wool are good for the whole world and the more people that know that the better.

Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
Vicki - The Woolshed

Celebrating the launch of the “wool shed” at Aparima College are (clockwise from back left) PGG Wrightson Wool general manager Grant Edwards, Campaign for Wool trustee Craig Smith, Wool in Schools project manager Vicki Linstrom. Aparima College head of English Lynne Grove and Aparima College principal Cameron Davis. Photo: Nicole Sharp