Groundswell - Tauranga's inaugural Innovation Festival - kicks off this week.
Aerospace engineer Sinead O'Sullivan is in the country to judge the event's Young Innovator Awards
With a resume including NASA and the European Space Agency, she now runs her own company Fusion Space Tech. She's keen to encourage more women to work in the science and tech sectors.
Sinead spoke to Duncan Garner
Watch the video for the full interview.