A cracker of an idea

Good - - GOOD SELECTION - www.kin­dlingcracker.com

We’ve all come up with good ideas, but how many turn into a busi­ness? When 13-year-old Ayla Hutchin­son in­vented the Kin­dling Cracker, she knew she was on to a win­ner. “My mum hurt her­self badly us­ing a tom­a­hawk to cut kin­dling, so I de­cided to in­vent a safe so­lu­tion as part of my Year 9 school project”, says Ayla. “I wanted a sim­ple, ef­fec­tive wood -split­ter that could be used at home.” Ayla’s par­ents were so im­pressed with the re­sult, they en­cour­aged her to man­u­fac­ture the prod­uct, and she’s since won seven awards, in­clud­ing Young In­ven­tor of the Year at the 2013 New Zealand In­no­va­tors Awards.

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