Quality Hotel Parnell, part of Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, has announced that it has donated $250,000 to KiwiNet’s Emerging Innovator Fund, supporting early career New Zealand scientists to develop revolutionary new ideas. The property was founded by Norman Barry in 1964 and became a charitable trust after he passed away in 2007. Since then, Quality Hotel Parnell has been strongly involved with some community-based charities and research groups.

The latest recipient is the Kiwi Innovation Network, a national network of New Zealand universities, Crown research institutes and organisations. It aims to transform science and technology-based discoveries in New Zealand’s publicly funded research organisations into marketable products and services. Its Emerging Innovator Fund encapsulates this.

“When guests stay at the Quality Hotel Parnell, they are contributing to its efforts to improve the quality of life in New Zealand,” said Wayne Darbyshire, general manager of Quality Hotel Parnell.

The $250,000 donation, will support ten emerging New Zealand scientists who might otherwise not receive financial support to further develop their ideas.