Off to Welling­ton

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

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.

PIC­TURE / DAR­REN JURGENS

Te Kura Tau­mata o Pan­guru’s Hokianga Sus­tain­able Fer­til­izer team, with prin­ci­pal Mina Po­marePeita, TOP En­ergy CEO Rus­sell Shaw and Aaron McCloy (Papa Ta­iao).

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