Story: Knowledge-based industries

Flax surfboard

Flax surfboard

This surfboard is made from harakeke – native New Zealand flax. It is made by Biopolymer Network, to demonstrate how sustainably produced materials from native plants and trees can replace those such as fibreglass, made from non-renewable petro-chemicals. Biopolymer Network is a biotechnology joint venture between three of New Zealand’s biggest Crown research institutes.

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Mark Derby, 'Knowledge-based industries - New knowledge industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 5 Dec 2017