The $20,000 SV Ratley Scholarship was established to support innovators in food packaging which enhance the reputation of
New Zealand foodstuffs, both locally and internationally.

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This includes individuals who are:

  • Developing, creating, and manufacturing innovative food packaging solutions.
  • Addressing the increasing demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable or accessible (mobility) food packaging.
  • Assisting food companies to remain competitive in a global marketplace, while satisfying consumer demand for healthy, safe, tasty food.
  • Developing expertise in materials, engineering and research around the manufacture and packaging of New Zealand foodstuffs.

Period and Processing of Funding

  • Applications to be open from 3 February - 20 March 2020.
  • Scholarship/s will be valued at $20,000.
  • All applications must be completed via the online application form.
  • Applicants will be expected to covey how their application and vision for the award honours the legacy of the late Stanley Rately.
  • Applications will be reviewed, and the winner/s selected by the Auckland Business Chamber in conjunction with the Trustee (Perpetual Guardian).
  • Winner/s will be awarded at an event at the Auckland Business Chamber, accompanied by Andrew Barnes, Founder of Perpetual Guardian and the 4 Day Work Week.
  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.

Regrettably, due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustees is final and not subject to any appeals process. 


Stanley Ratley was born in Brockley, Kent, in the United Kingdom. At 18 he travelled from Southampton to Wellington, on the Ionic, and in 1937 he married Mary Aitchison from Dunedin.

Stanley was a merchant importer, avid golf player, and long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce, while Mary was a teacher and Science Graduate from the University of Otago.

Both were connected to the food industry in various ways. Mary gave lectures on scientific nutrition on behalf of NZ Women’s Food Value League and Stanley traded and imported foodstuffs.

Both Stanley and his wife passed in 1985.