Off to Wellington
No region will be better represented at the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) national awards in Wellington on December 6 than Northland, with teams from Whanga¯rei Girls’ High School and Te Kura Taumata o Panguru, and a ‘sole trader’ from Kerikeri High School, booking their tickets at the regional awards, presented at Waitangi last week.
The big winner was Eco Wave, a team of four Whanga¯rei Girls’ High School students, which was named Top Energy YES Northland Company of the Year. Second was Kerikeri High School’s Alex Edwards (AE Productions), and third Kerikeri High School’s Tree to Be.
Earlier in the day Eco Wave won a keenly contested Taniwha Tank (the Northland version of Dragon’s Den) final at Waitangi Museum.
The students’ success was built on an innovative response to the very topical issue of single-use plastic bags, with a company that designed and produces a key chain holder that contains a reuseable shopping bag.
Meanwhile Hokianga Sustainable Fertilizer, a team of six students from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru, participating in YES under the Papa Taiao banner, and Kerikeri High School’s Alex Edwards’ AE Productions, were announced as winners of YES National Excellence Awards. They will not know precisely which awards that they have won until next month’s dinner in Wellington.
Full list of regional winners
Excellence in business management: Aqua Woods (Kerikeri High School) and Eco Wave.
Excellence in communication: Tree to Be.
Excellence in technology: Tasty Tio — Papa Taiao (Kaitaia College, Kaitaia Abundant Life School and Te Rangi Aniwaniwa). Excellence in financial management: AE Productions and Aqua Woods. Commitment award: Whakaahua for Change (Taipa Area School). Excellence in sustainability: Hokianga Sustainable Fertilizer. Best Ma¯ ori business: Hou2-2 (Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ ori o Taumarere).
Enterprise Champion: Tuuriri Brown (Hou2-2). Managing director: Ashley MacDonald (Aqua Woods). Innovation and growth potential: AE Productions, Kakariki Pure (Springbank School) and Hokianga Sustainable Fertilizer.
Te Kura Taumata o Panguru’s Hokianga Sustainable Fertilizer team, with principal Mina PomarePeita, TOP Energy CEO Russell Shaw and Aaron McCloy (Papa Taiao).