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Explaining the Remainder

One of the things that struck me while filming inside the Climate Laboratory Building was the rooms of equipment simply left behind. While some labs and offices had been completely cleared out, others still housed collections of equipment no longer

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Explaining the Remainder

One of the things that struck me while filming inside the Climate Laboratory Building was the rooms of equipment simply left behind. While some labs and offices had been completely cleared out, others still housed collections of equipment no longer

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further video experimentation

After a hiatus I am back working on the project. This time with a short filmic exploration of the infrastructure that makes up the Controlled Environment Laboratory

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further video experimentation

After a hiatus I am back working on the project. This time with a short filmic exploration of the infrastructure that makes up the Controlled Environment Laboratory

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exploring the property

One of the things that I always loved about visiting the Plant Physiology Division was the grounds, from the large trees and big lawns to run around on and the swimming pool, to all the glass houses and buildings.

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exploring the property

One of the things that I always loved about visiting the Plant Physiology Division was the grounds, from the large trees and big lawns to run around on and the swimming pool, to all the glass houses and buildings.

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A short preview

You can view a short excerpt of the film here :

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A short preview

You can view a short excerpt of the film here :

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Controlled Environment Labs

In 1962 the Plant Physiology Division was created at Palmerston North. Seven years later, in December 1969, my father William Laing started working there, in time for the 1970 official opening by the Queen of the special ‘climate control’ rooms

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Controlled Environment Labs

In 1962 the Plant Physiology Division was created at Palmerston North. Seven years later, in December 1969, my father William Laing started working there, in time for the 1970 official opening by the Queen of the special ‘climate control’ rooms

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media coverage of the climate labs

The Climate Laboratory was a pretty big deal for DSIR and they did a lot of media outreach around it, from the installation of a custom built computer back in 1969 to ministerial press conferences

media coverage of the climate labs

The Climate Laboratory was a pretty big deal for DSIR and they did a lot of media outreach around it, from the installation of a custom built computer back in 1969 to ministerial press conferences

Women in Science

What depresses me slightly is that we still see ‘Women in Science’ articles, focusing on the novelty of a woman doing well in science. But back then Ballantine was even more novel. A superficial search shows she was still publishing

Women in Science

What depresses me slightly is that we still see ‘Women in Science’ articles, focusing on the novelty of a woman doing well in science. But back then Ballantine was even more novel. A superficial search shows she was still publishing

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Call for proposals

When I read this call for proposals for research conducted in the Climate Room Facilities I was struck by how similar its language was to arts calls for proposals – we’re all really saying the same thing – please want

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Call for proposals

When I read this call for proposals for research conducted in the Climate Room Facilities I was struck by how similar its language was to arts calls for proposals – we’re all really saying the same thing – please want

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A 1974 description of the Plant Physiology Division (PPD)

This is the current description of Plant and Food Research – which has its roots in DSIR (including PPD) and MAFtech. “Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit,

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A 1974 description of the Plant Physiology Division (PPD)

This is the current description of Plant and Food Research – which has its roots in DSIR (including PPD) and MAFtech. “Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit,

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Internal Mail Codes

I find the minutia of bureaucracy endlessly entertaining from a distance and can (having dealt with misdirected internal mail) empathise with the writers irritation – PPD is PLANT – PDD is PDD its so simple, stupid.

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Internal Mail Codes

I find the minutia of bureaucracy endlessly entertaining from a distance and can (having dealt with misdirected internal mail) empathise with the writers irritation – PPD is PLANT – PDD is PDD its so simple, stupid.

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1978 staff newsletter research report J Christeller

I do rather like coming across people I know in the archives of the DSIR – this is a report on research that my father William Laing, and God-Father (he taught me nothing about religion but did supply me with

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1978 staff newsletter research report J Christeller

I do rather like coming across people I know in the archives of the DSIR – this is a report on research that my father William Laing, and God-Father (he taught me nothing about religion but did supply me with

on the facility’s importance

Recently I interviewed Ian Warrington, a former manager of the facility who was the CEO of Hort+Research in its early years. This is a small excerpt, what he told me when I asked him what was significant about the facility.

on the facility’s importance

Recently I interviewed Ian Warrington, a former manager of the facility who was the CEO of Hort+Research in its early years. This is a small excerpt, what he told me when I asked him what was significant about the facility.

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running costs

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running costs

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Report on Progress, 1959

A REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE PROPOSAL TO ERECT A CONTROLLED CLIMATE INSTALLATION BY DEPARTMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ******* In October 1957 a meeting of representatives of interested bodies was held to outline proposals to erect major controlled

Report on Progress, 1959

A REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE PROPOSAL TO ERECT A CONTROLLED CLIMATE INSTALLATION BY DEPARTMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ******* In October 1957 a meeting of representatives of interested bodies was held to outline proposals to erect major controlled