The new face of so­cial en­ter­prise

Meet the 11 Launch­pad fi­nal­ists

Element - - Contents - By Rosie Bos­worth, pho­tos by Ted Baghurst

AK­INA FOUN­DA­TION HAS AN­NOUNCED THE ELEVEN SUC­CESS­FUL

so­cially savvy teams it aims to pro­pel to the heights of so­cial en­ter­prise suc­cess as part of its lat­est so­cial ini­tia­tive – Launch­pad.

Branch­ing out from what was orig­i­nally a fo­cus heav­ily skewed to­wards the en­vi­ron­men­tal side of sus­tain­abil­ity, Launch­pad was es­tab­lished to support the growth and de­vel­op­ment of emerg­ing so­cial en­ter­prises look­ing to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tional so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Spon­sored by Con­tact En­ergy and the Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs, Launch­pad runs from Oc­to­ber 2014 – March 2015. It will as­sist the eleven suc­cess­ful up-and-com­ing en­ter­prises with prac­ti­cal, hands-on business men­tor­ing and de­vel­op­ment support, in­clud­ing ac­cess to fun­ders and im­pact in­vestors to help get them off the ground and trans­form their ideas into thriv­ing, self-sus­tain­ing busi­nesses.

Nancy Lin­ton, Ak­ina’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, says that the fo­cus of Launch­pad is to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment support to se­lected teams over six months. “Key to the pro­gramme is help­ing peo­ple – who al­ready have great ideas – to get off the ground with con­cen­trated men­tor­ing and support from both Ak­ina, and a range of pro­fes­sion­als who’ll make up their support teams.”

The teams’ of­fer­ings are di­verse, and meet so­cial needs from all over New Zealand. Ven­tures range from re­spon­si­ble farm­ing, group ex­er­cise pro­grammes for Maori and af­ford­able eye­sight mod­els, to novel flat­ting apps, reusing pros­thetic limbs and com­mu­nity driven fur­ni­ture de­sign.

On the fol­low­ing pages, we’ve pro­vided a sneak peek pro­file of Launch­pad’s 11 ven­tures com­mit­ted to mak­ing the next step on the so­cial en­ter­prise lad­der. Here’s hop­ing within six months, with the support of Ak­ina, they’ll be ready to trans­form New Zealand and cre­ate a bet­ter place for all.

1. ARCO

Lo­cated in Kaikohe, ARCO is the brain­child of three de­sign-minded vi­sion­ar­ies, Ana Here­maia, Ruby Wat­son and Felic­ity Brench­ley, who be­lieve that de­sign and crafts­man­ship can not only be used to cre­ate beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture but also to cre­ate pos­i­tive change in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, the en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal economies.

Ac­cord­ing to Here­maia, tru­ancy, drugs, al­co­hol and youth of­fend­ing are sig­nif­i­cantly higher in Kaikohe than of the rest of New Zealand. Youth train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are lack­ing which is ex­ac­er­bated by the dearth of pub­lic trans­port en­abling youth to ac­cess em­ploy­ment or train­ing out­side of the re­gion.

ARCO aims to flip th­ese not-so-palat­able stats on their head and the town around by pro­duc­ing beau­ti­fully crafted, high-qual­ity fur­ni­ture items in con­junc­tion with pro­vid­ing train­ing for Kaikohe ran­gatahi (youth). The ARCO model is sim­ple: Youth are the stu­dents, the cre­ators and the mak­ers of high-end fur­ni­ture all in one. “Our goal is to see ran­gatahi in Kaikohe en­gaged in train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment and to pro­vide a safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment em­brac­ing the maori con­cept of Ako.” Ako is a teach­ing and learn­ing re­la­tion­ship, where ed­u­ca­tor and stu­dent learn and teach each other.

Here­maia says that through the de­sign and pro­duc­tion of tim­ber prod­ucts ran­gatahi will gain a raft of in­valu­able life skills cur­rently lack­ing in the com­mu­nity. Th­ese in­clude business skills, work­shop ex­pe­ri­ence, de­sign skills, self­con­fi­dence and, more im­por­tantly, a belief in them­selves and their fu­ture.

Equally im­por­tant is the company’s fo­cus on a high-end qual­ity prod­uct which ap­peals to dis­cern­ing con­sumers. ARCO places a strong em­pha­sis on its abil­ity to pro­vide New Zealan­ders with a lo­cally made, well-de­signed, sus­tain­able, eth­i­cal fur­ni­ture op­tion. “Ev­ery­thing is hand­made and built to last, be­com­ing heir­loom pieces and fam­ily taonga. With each prod­uct pur­chased comes knowl­edge that you’ve in­vested in the fu­ture of the maker, their whanau and their com­mu­nity”.

And the ben­e­fits will come full cir­cle. Prof­its from the sale of prod­ucts will be re-in­vested back into the ARCO pro­gramme en­sur­ing Kaikohe be­comes a thriv­ing model of so­cial and business suc­cess.

2. Kiwi Op­ti­cal

Hus­band and wife team Ravi Dass and Stephanie Hill are be­hind Kiwi Op­ti­cal, which sells glasses and re­place­ment lenses on­line and in per­son us­ing an easy, sin­gle-price model that makes buy­ing glasses sim­pler and more af­ford­able. The company has also de­vel­oped a novel “buy­one, give-one” scheme where for ev­ery new pair of frames or lenses sold the company do­nates a pair to the Lions Foun­da­tion which are sent to the Pa­cific Is­lands via the char­ity VOSO.org.

The ‘We Help You See – and You Help Us Give’ idea emerged on the back of Ravi’s op­ti­cal vol­un­teer work over­seas after notic­ing that fam­i­lies in both New Zealand and the Pa­cific of­ten strug­gle to af­ford the high cost of pre­scrip­tion glasses for their chil­dren, which can af­fect

“Our business started with this core idea of help­ing you, and in­di­rectly help­ing oth­ers. It is our way of main­tain­ing a self-sus­tain­ing prac­tice.”

their per­for­mance at school. “With Kiwi Op­ti­cal you can fo­cus on find­ing your per­fect frames, while we fo­cus on mak­ing sure you get the best lenses for your sight, and keep­ing your cost down.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing af­ford­able pre­scrip­tion eyewear op­tions to those who need it most, the company is also strong on help­ing peo­ple re-use their own frames with new lenses, which re­duces waste and lets peo­ple keep the frames they love. “Our business started with this core idea of help­ing you, and in­di­rectly help­ing oth­ers. It is our way of main­tain­ing a self-sus­tain­ing prac­tice.”

The best part of the business ac­cord­ing to Dass? “Our cus­tomers ben­e­fit­ting from our glasses al­lows us a chance to help those who oth­er­wise would not have ac­cess to them. Through our buy-one, give-one model you are also help­ing give sight to those less for­tu­nate.”

As the ven­ture gains mo­men­tum, Kiwi Op­ti­cal also has plans to im­prove school eye­sight screen­ing pro­grammes here in New Zealand and in the Pa­cific.

3. Thought-Wired

Thought-Wired de­signs brain-sens­ing tech­nol­ogy and so­lu­tions to as­sist peo­ple with pro­found phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties to lead ful­fill­ing, in­de­pen­dent lives. The “as­sis­tive so­lu­tion” re­quires only the power of thought to op­er­ate by gath­er­ing elec­tri­cal brain ac­tiv­ity through sen­sors placed on the sur­face of the scalp.

Aimed to em­power and help those with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties to com­mu­ni­cate and con­nect with fam­ily, friends and oth­ers and more eas­ily in­ter­act with their en­vi­ron­ment, the tech­nol­ogy al­lows those with dis­abil­i­ties to in­de­pen­dently con­trol and op­er­ate elec­tronic de­vices and other tech­nolo­gies by them­selves.

The team’s so­lu­tion com­bines in­no­va­tive brain sens­ing tech­nol­ogy with a train­ing and ac­cess soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion called NOUS. With a strong fo­cus on so­cial im­pact, co-founder Sarv­naz Ta­he­rian says the ven­ture’s aim is to make the world more ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties and en­vi­sions NOUS “will open doors for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, en­ter­tain­ment and so­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Through Launch­pad, Thought-Wired aims to re­fine its business and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion plan, es­tab­lish ef­fec­tive business pro­cesses and pre­pare to raise the nec­es­sary cap­i­tal re­quired to launch the prod­uct to mar­ket.

4. The Well­be­ing Game (TWBG)

Es­tab­lished by a team of pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cates for in­creas­ing men­tal health in New Zealand, TWBG aims to take the “itus” out of Mon­day and in­stil hap­pi­ness and well­be­ing into the life of ev­ery Kiwi em­ployee.

Co-de­vel­oped with Com­mu­nity and Pub­lic Health at the Can­ter­bury Dis­trict Health Board, TWBG is an in­ter­ac­tive and fun web-based ac­tiv­ity log­ging game de­signed to im­prove well­be­ing by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be more aware of the things they do to support their men­tal health.

Throw­ing con­ven­tional GDP in­di­ca­tors for “growth” out the win­dow, TWBG is based around the ‘Five Ways to Well­be­ing’: Con­nect, Keep Learn­ing, Be Ac­tive, Take No­tice, and Give. Ac­cord­ing to co-founder Carsten Grimm th­ese are a new set of ev­i­denced-based prin­ci­ples meta-an­a­lysed by the new eco­nomics foun­da­tion for the UK Gov­ern­ment Fore­sight Project.

Us­ing the Five Ways to Well­be­ing to record and re­flect on their well­be­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in an on­line com­mu­nity, Grimm says the game helps those play­ing it to im­prove their men­tal health and pro­motes easy ways to build men­tally healthy be­hav­iours into daily ac­tiv­i­ties

A team of three, TWBG brings a vast ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge from the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion of New Zealand and pre­vi­ous aca­demic, ed­u­ca­tional, health, and ser­vice de­liv­ery roles. The ul­ti­mate goal ac­cord­ing to Grimm? To ac­cu­mu­late hap­pi­ness or well­be­ing, one hour at a time. “Our am­bi­tion is to suc­cess­fully de­velop and scale TWBG into a sus­tain­able ven­ture to pro­mote well­be­ing in New Zealand.”

5. Food, Farms and Fresh Wa­ter Food, Farms and Fresh Wa­ter (FFFW) is de­vel­op­ing an ac­cred­i­ta­tion brand for beef and New Zealand meat that recog­nises and pro­motes re­spon­si­ble water­way man­age­ment by fo­cus­ing on the sus­tain­abil­ity of farm­ing prac­tice. The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides high qual­ity and fresh red meat with an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence – it en­ables con­sumers to support sheep and cat­tle farm­ers who are ac­tively tak­ing steps to look after the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and re­duc­ing their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Ac­cord­ing to co-founder Natasha Gar­van FFFW’s vi­sion is to cre­ate a so­cial en­ter­prise that fa­cil­i­tates mean­ing­ful New Zealand wide im­prove­ment in wa­ter qual­ity with co-ben­e­fits. This in­cludes sup­port­ing strong ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, im­prov­ing bio­di­ver­sity, and en­abling con­sumers to take own­er­ship of wa­ter qual­ity is­sues. “Our red meat prod­uct will be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied as meet­ing lim­its which pro­vide for ‘swimmable’ and ‘fish­able’ fresh­wa­ter.”

Con­sumers will also be en­cour­aged to be part of the so­lu­tion of achiev­ing wa­ter qual­ity through pay­ing a price pre­mium for their food which will help farm­ers off­set the costs of go­ing greener. “We are at­tempt­ing to pro­vide a pre­mium to farm­ers to rein­vest in the farm­ing prac­tices which are de­liv­er­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices that all New Zealan­ders want,” says Gar­van.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has al­ready achieved cer­ti­fi­ca­tion suc­cess of a 142ha beef-fin­ish­ing prop­erty in Taupo re­strict­ing farm­ing to strict ni­tro­gen lim­its pro­tect­ing the lake for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, ver­i­fied by the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

Launch­pad par­tic­i­pa­tion will help FFFW to launch ad­di­tional pi­lot stud­ies with farm­ers in farm­ing water­way catch­ments through­out New Zealand as well as fur­ther re­fine its business plan and fi­nan­cial model.

6. Take My Hands Take My Hands is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion that ar­ranges the col­lec­tion of un­wanted pros­thetic limbs, or­thotic and med­i­cal equip­ment and ships it to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries where it can be used by peo­ple in need.

Founded in Novem­ber 2010, Take My Hands started off as a pi­lot project shipping re­dun­dant pros­thetic limbs from the Wellington Ar­ti­fi­cial Limb Cen­tre to the Hope Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion So­ci­ety in La­hore, Pak­istan. A big suc­cess, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has since been work­ing on ad­di­tional projects aimed to im­prove the qual­ity of liv­ing, in­de­pen­dence, and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the life of their com­mu­nity.

The ul­ti­mate vi­sion is to cre­ate so­cial im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties world­wide by re­dis­tribut­ing equip­ment and health-re­lated ma­te­ri­als, and to cre­ate health and well­be­ing im­prove­ments for those in need.

“Ba­si­cally we’re aim­ing to be a kind of dat­ing agency for equip­ment – match­ing those that have it with those that need it. The im­pact of our work is twofold. En­vi­ron­men­tally we’re aim­ing to min­imise waste through re­dis­tri­bu­tion and re­cy­cling, and so­cially we’re look­ing to im­prove the lives of peo­ple in need by mak­ing this equip­ment ac­ces­si­ble,” says co-founder Janette Searle.

Take My Hand’s founders say Launch­pad in­cu­ba­tion will help the team to de­velop a strong plan to con­sol­i­date

“Ba­si­cally we’re aim­ing to be a kind of dat­ing agency for equip­ment – match­ing those that have it with those that need it.”

and grow the pro­gramme. This will in­clude set­ting up a work­shop space to re­pair and re­fur­bish equip­ment and the de­vel­op­ment of a strong plan and support for ex­pand­ing their work with hubs in other coun­tries.

7. CareEd4

Rais­ing a fam­ily is an ex­pen­sive com­mit­ment. What’s more the in­creas­ingly ex­or­bi­tant cost of child­care – par­tic­u­larly for low­in­come fam­i­lies – more than of­ten negates any fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of go­ing back to work. CareEd4 is a part­ner­ship be­tween Barnar­dos and the Sus­tain­able Business Coun­cil (SBC) de­signed to change the bro­ken child­care par­a­digm and cre­ate a new, high-qual­ity child­care and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice that bet­ter meets the needs of work­ing par­ents.

Aimed to en­able vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in mean­ing­ful and sus­tain­able work while achiev­ing eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence, the pro­gramme caters for chil­dren aged 0-14, and will of­fer a flex­i­ble, af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble ser­vice, fully re­spon­sive to the needs of work­ing par­ents. “The model will fill a gap for work­ing par­ents who have to cob­ble to­gether child­care so­lu­tions for chil­dren up to the age of 14 years from a range of dis­con­nected ser­vices en­abling them to en­ter and stay in the work­force” says Jeff Saun­ders, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Barnar­dos.

The ben­e­fits of the new CareEd4 model for fam­i­lies in­clude in­creased flex­i­bil­ity in work hours and lo­ca­tion, af­ford­able child­care so­lu­tions re­duc­ing ten­sion be­tween home and work life and, most im­por­tantly, a so­lu­tion that will pro­vide all chil­dren the best start in ed­u­ca­tion. CareEd4 also car­ries wider ben­e­fits for New Zealand in­clud­ing im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity and a re­duc­tion in youth un­em­ploy­ment and wel­fare de­pen­dency. Penny Nel­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sus­tain­able Business Coun­cil says the pro­gramme will help sole par­ents into sus­tain­able and mean­ing­ful work. “With­out a child­care sys­tem that is re­spon­sive to their needs and the re­al­i­ties of en­try-level work we can­not achieve mean­ing­ful change for th­ese fam­i­lies.”

8. Patu Aotearoa

Patu Aotearoa is a group ex­er­cise pro­gramme de­signed specif­i­cally for Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika that aims to in­spire whanau to lead more ac­tive, healthy and en­rich­ing lives while re­duc­ing in­ac­tiv­ity rates and waist­lines.

Led by a pas­sion­ate team of health and fit­ness en­thu­si­asts, Patu Aotearoa is de­liv­ered by Ma¯ ori, for Ma¯ ori, us­ing Te Ao Ma¯ ori con­cepts and in­cor­po­rates Ma¯ ori lan­guage and tikanga or cus­toms. The pro­gramme is of­fered to work­places, schools and marae via a team of mo­bile train­ers. “Work­ing out to­gether as a group is so much more mo­ti­vat­ing than work­ing out in­di­vid­u­ally, par­tic­u­larly for Ma¯ ori, as we are all here for the same kau­papa or rea­son.”

By tak­ing ex­er­cise to peo­ple, the pro­gramme’s direc­tors say Patu Aotearoa has been able to reach peo­ple who find it dif­fi­cult to at­tend a gym, and of­fer pro­grammes in places where they are more com­fort­able.

The team also have de­vel­oped a mo­bile app for the wider Hast­ings re­gion for peo­ple to down­load and use at their con­ve­nience and they aim to es­tab­lish a na­tion­wide fran­chise model of pro­grammes al­low­ing for a num­ber of satel­lite re­gional gyms to be opened as a way to ex­tend their reach and pos­i­tive com­mu­nity im­pact.

With the as­sis­tance of Launch­pad Patu Aotearoa aims build its fran­chise model and es­tab­lish a num­ber of NZQA ac­cred­ited cour­ses in health and fit­ness that will pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity lead­ers.

9. ORA

Recog­nis­ing the lack of a stan­dard­ised test in New Zealand for work­places to as­sess em­ployee im­pair­ment, Wellington based Ora is de­vel­op­ing an app and ser­vice that tests em­ployee im­pair­ment and work-readi­ness in real time, be­fore ac­ci­dents hap­pen. Ac­cord­ing to co-founder Jack­son Wood, many work­places to­day use drug test­ing as a proxy for im­pair­ment test­ing. How­ever, th­ese are gen­er­ally ar­bi­trary or in­ef­fec­tive and not al­ways re­flec­tive of po­ten­tial em­ployee im­pair­ment at the work­place. Fur­ther, re­cent ma­jor ac­ci­dents in forestry and ad­ven­ture tourism in­dus­tries have prompted ques­tions about the risks in other safety crit­i­cal sec­tors. Ac­cord­ing to Wood, Ora’s tech­nol­ogy will paint a more ac­cu­rate pic­ture of em­ployee im­pair­ment than cur­rent drug test­ing en­ables.

Ora’s more ac­cu­rate test­ing for im­pair­ment tech­nol­ogy will make work­places safer by ef­fec­tively en­sur­ing peo­ple have their “heads in the game” while work­ing on hazardous job sites. “A large num­ber or work­place ac­ci­dents are caused by im­pair­ment — from fa­tigue, stress, drugs and al­co­hol, or de­hy­dra­tion — so it makes sense to sense to en­sure we are test­ing for the right thing to keep peo­ple safe,” says Wood.

Wood and his co-founder Cather­ine McCul­lough col­lec­tively bring ex­pe­ri­ence from the po­lit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions, jus­tice, drug and health pol­icy are­nas. Lauch­pad par­tic­i­pa­tion will en­able Ora to build a core team with tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and bring part­ner com­pa­nies on board for test­ing the ini­tial prod­uct con­cept.

10. Rate My Flat

Rate My Flat (RMF) is a web­site with an on­line data­base of rental prop­er­ties that are rated by their pre­vi­ous ten­ants – so fu­ture ten­ants know what they are get­ting be­fore sign­ing on the dot­ted line.

With a vi­sion to see Ki­wis liv­ing in homes that meet their needs now and into the fu­ture, the Rate My Flat web­site aims to pro­vide use­ful, truth­ful and ob­jec­tive in­for­ma­tion so ten­ants can make bet­ter in­formed de­ci­sions when flat-hunt­ing.

The site also pro­vides use­ful home im­prove­ment in­for­ma­tion for both ten­ants and prop­erty own­ers to help land­lords and ten­ants make their houses warmer, health­ier and more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

“Rate My Flat is de­ter­mined to help im­prove rental hous­ing across New Zealand and em­power ten­ants to make bet­ter-in­formed de­ci­sions,” says the team of four flat­mates and good friends, who are work­ing to­wards com­plet­ing their de­grees at Otago Univer­sity.

Tak­ing a non-bi­ased view, RMF is also com­mit­ted to work­ing along­side prop­erty own­ers or prop­erty man­agers to showcase and cel­e­brate im­prove­ments they make in their prop­er­ties. “We al­low prop­erty own­ers to have a right of re­sponse to any feed­back and rat­ings that their prop­erty re­ceives.” Cur­rently all prof­its are rein­vested into the ven­ture.

11. Wild­ing and Co

Turn­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem into a com­mer­cial suc­cess, Wild­ing & Co clears and con­trols the spread of wild­ing pines in Cen­tral Otago, and dis­tills them into es­sen­tial oils.

Wild­ings pines, a na­tive of North Amer­ica, are stran­gling New Zealand’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and grow twenty times faster than in their na­tive home­land. More­over, the spray used to con­trol the spread of th­ese in­va­sive un­wanted trees is toxic in it­self, mak­ing for a dou­ble whammy cause for con­cern. The Wild­ing team have de­vel­oped a so­cially minded business model that har­vests young wild­ings, and trans­forms them into high-value es­sen­tial oils used in fra­grances and other con­sumer prod­ucts for the per­fume, es­sen­tial oil and anti-bac­te­rial clean­ing prod­ucts in­dus­tries.

With the tag line: Mak­ing Scents of Na­ture, clear­ing and con­trol­ling the spread of wild­ing pines across 800,000 hectares of na­tive New Zealand land­scapes is just one of the many pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts Wild­ing & Co cre­ates.

“We are in the unique po­si­tion that a con­sumer can know with cer­tainty that ev­ery pur­chase di­rectly funds the en­vi­ron­men­tal cause of clear­ing wild­ing pines and an in­vestor knows that his/her in­vest­ment is eth­i­cal and prof­itable,” says co-founder Mathurin Mol­gat. Wild­ing & Co’s business model also in­creases the value and vi­a­bil­ity of land cur­rently in­fested with wild­ing pines, re­duces po­ten­tially harm­ful tox­ins en­ter­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and in­tends to in­crease aware­ness of the wild­ing pine is­sue in New Zealand.

Wild­ing & Co hopes to cre­ate a self-fund­ing business model with mul­ti­ple sales chan­nels. “We want to scale the size of the company to match the size of the prob­lem.”

Left to right, RubyWat­son, Felic­ity Brench­ley and Ana Here­maia of ARCO.

Ravi Dass and Stephanie Hill,

of Kiwi Op­ti­cal.

Left to right: Hugh Nor­riss, Carsten Grimm and Philip Harper of The Well­be­ing Game.

Janette Searle and Carol Searle of Take My Hands.

Mike Bar­ton and Natasha Gar­van of

Food, Farms and Fresh Wa­ter.

Left to right. Levi Arm­strong, Kia Di­a­mond and Jack­son Waerea of Patu Aotearoa.

Left to right. Pene­lope Janes, Amanda Tolley, Richard Mana­ton and Ch­eryl Tolcher of CareEd4.

Left to right, Leander Schulz, Cade Bed­ford, Letisha Ni­cholas and Lind­sey Horne, of Rate My Flat.

Left to right, Ray Ga­z­ley and Saskia van der Geest of Wild­ing & Co.

Cather­ine McCul­lough and Jack­son JamesWood of Ora.

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