Fri 26 Oct 2018

Can they do it? YES they can

A Hawera team collected the major award at the Young Enterprise Scheme awards in New Plymouth this week.

Country Canines pipped Nunya Beeswax to win the major regional title. You can learn more about the teams in their own words, and see the full results below.

WITT, in conjunction with BDO, presented the Business Plan awards in the annual competitions.

The five teams to be recognised were Girls of Steel and Cup & Go (St Mary’s Diocesan) Nunya Beeswax and Safe & Sound (New Plymouth Girls’ High) and Just For You (Sacred Heart).

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students who set up and run their own business for a year.

Carol Curtin, WITT’s Faculty Leader for Business and Management Programmes, told the audience  while five teams were noted for their work in the business plan section, all YES participants who completed a Business Plan deserved to be congratulated.

“A business plan is the hardest document a business will ever have to complete, as most businesses in the audience would attest”.

Carol said the YES awards continued to prove themselves as a successful incubator of entrepreneurial talent.

She said the number of businesses which tackled problems facing the environment and emerging social awareness in regard to alternative healthy lifestyles was notable.

She gave as an example the teams which produced bees wax wrap and a range of vegan sweet treats.

“WITT looks forward to continuing to be part of the journey for these young entrepreneurs as they consider their tertiary study options in the applied business area,” she said.

Today we introduce all the entrants for this year’s YES awards, in their own words, followed by the results…


Coastal High School

Busk ‘n’ Badges
“We play music outside shops and at markets, often dressed up as our own characters to further attract business, but we primarily sell custom and pre-made badges. We take orders from customers then send them to the customer or they can pick their badge up from   us. 

Food 4 Kidz
The idea for Food 4 Kidz is to provide a healthy and nutritional lunch for the students at Coastal Taranaki School. This seems like a reasonable idea as we do not have a school canteen for the students to purchase lunches.

Francis Douglas Memorial College

FDMC  Brolleys
We are producing durable and compact college umbrellas which are able to stand up to the good college man’s busy lifestyle. We aim to supply umbrellas to the college then later move onto other schools such as SHGC

Kings Court
Business idea is [to] create high quality handballs, that will not only provide a satisfaction throughout the college community but also create and preserve the handball tradition that thrives on the college handball courts

Risen (T Shirts)
Our vision is to be known by the school community and the wider community of New Plymouth as a company spreading the positive message of loving your neighbour in the hope of creating a more pleasant community for all to feel respected and important in their individual roles in society.

Fresh Start
Fresh Start is a company that is creating environmental friendly and sustainable Francis Douglas Memorial College drink bottles for the Students and Teachers. We are also selling FDMC coffee mugs mainly targeted towards the teachers of Francis Douglas Memorial College.

Goat Clothing NZ
We are a clothing company planning to make streetwear clothing.  We also have a motivational message for our clothing, as our name is GOAT this means “Greatest Of All Time” for us this means to do the best you can and get out there are try new things. 

Salvaged Coffee Sacks
The idea for our company is to recycle used coffee sacks, turning them into pet beds by filling them with NZ Romney-Suffolk cross wool. Through this we are tapping into a market for pet beds that are environmentally friendly, we believe that there is nothing currently in this market

As a company we are proud to be not only producing cool and original hats to sell, such as legionnaires, but also to know that we are making difference in our community and country by providing an item of clothing that serves to improve the wellbeing of people.

Triple C’s
Our company, Triple C’s, aim to produce FDMC themed socks that can be worn for all of the College sporting codes but mostly to fill the need for dress or casual socks. We have formed our company because the current socks supplied through the uniform shop aren’t appropriate for under dress pants, wearing casually on the weekend or for some sports such as Basketball.

KBO stands for 'Keep Being Optimistic'.  We’re endeavouring to help spread a positive message of optimism through the clothing itself. Currently we are looking at producing TShirts and Pullover Hoodies with our signature logo and inspirational quotes on them.

Hawera High School

Country Canines
Our product is dehydrated venison strips (15x3cm) for dogs. It is used for dental hygiene and is a chewy treat for dogs to enjoy. The advantages of our product over other similar products is that it is cheap, 100% natural and NZ made. The product is dehydrated and has no additives. 

Talking Book Art
Recycled books the pages of which are folded to form words such as Family, Friends, Whanau, Learn, Dream, Hope, Joy, Love, Believe and Read.  Customers can also choose their own words.  These are popular because our consumers have said that they make a great gift and a beautiful decoration

Nga Rangatahi
Nga Rangatahi is a clothing line with a Māori aspect to it. We want our buyers to enjoy Māori sayings and designs as much as we do. At the moment we have decided that we are going to start with hoodies and start other items once we have a steady income coming into the company

Pimp My Frame
Up-cycled and re-used picture frames with three different styles to choose from designed into either two types of frames to choose from which are chalkboard frame (outer) where you can write on using chalk, sanded & oiled or repainted & styled in a unique way.

We produce and sell bath bombs, lip scrubs and lip balms. Customers will buy these products for relaxation, personal pampering, skin care and lip protection. Our products are cheaper and better quality than similar products on the market. They are made from simple, everyday ingredients found in most kitchens.  

New Plymouth Girls’ High School

Jellykids is a children’s book about anti bullying. We want to educate children on how “it’s bad to be a bully and good to be a friend” by capturing their imaginations in a sweet story of kindness and friendship.  For children aged 5 – 7 years.

Lil Naki Events
Our mission is to provide our community with fun and inclusive events, suitable for families and youth in Taranaki. Our vision is to encourage positive, real life interactions within children and youth in Taranaki and provide opportunities to network among adults.

Te Reo Māori Board Game
To encourage students to learn about the Te Reo Māori language and culture while having fun. This is an advantage because the Te Reo Māori language and culture is important to know especially if you are born in New Zealand. This will help keep the Māori culture alive and in the future generations. 

Safe and Sound
The idea is to design an App that will ‘listen’ out for a high decibel “safe” word or scream given from the phone’s owner when he or she may be in danger. The phone will automatically send out a message (similar to the Civil Defence alert) to three pre-nominated friends/family members to alert them that their loved one could potentially be in trouble.

Nunya Beeswax
Our product is a spin off from other existing beeswax wraps and our point of difference is that they will be more affordable, able to be custom made and having extra add-ons to make school lunches easier, affordable and environment friendly.

Naked Cuts
Naked Cuts is a vegan cheesecake business created by four year 13 New Plymouth Girls High School [students] hand-crafting gluten free, refined sugar free, environmentally friendly, plant based vegan cheesecakes as a healthy alternative to sweet treats full of sugar.

Opunake High School

Healthy Oceanz
The business is a service to the local community of Taranaki. This service will be run as beach clean-ups that will be held multiple times throughout the year around different beaches in Taranaki. Beach clean-ups are an event that anyone can attend and participate in and are a good way of being social with other people who have similar values to them. 

Sacred Heart Girls’ College

Just For You
Our earrings will be of high quality, made of silk thread, gently handmade and our earring hooks will be sterling silver. We will be making unique colours and along with our customers buying earrings, they are also supporting a good cause as some of our profits will be going to charity

St Mary’s Diocesan

Cups & Go
Cups & Go is an environmentally-oriented business, bringing to the market the brand-new and innovative “Go Cup”, a reusable and recyclable travel cup. Our business aims to support rural Taranaki by encouraging waste reduction in our communities and protecting the environment on a local scale and beyond

Girls of Steel
Girls of Steel brings to the market unique 500ml stainless steel drink bottles customised with decals of empowering messages. The product has been designed to encourage and inspire girls on an everyday basis, while they keep hydrated from a stylish, environmentally friendly drink bottle. 

Waitara High School
“From paddock to plate” – A Social Enterprise: creating sustainable small businesses based in our school community.  Product lines are:  old fashioned ginger beer, free range chook and duck eggs, paddock to plate bacon and point of lay chook sales.


2018 Results

Enhancing Rural Communities (5 x $200), Nunya Beeswax, Country Canines, Salvage Coffee Sacks NZ, Safe and Sound, Renegade. Business Plan (5 x $200) Girls of Steel, Cup & Go, Safe and Sound,

Nunya Beeswax, Just for You. TRC Sustainable Business Award (2 x $125) Nunya Beeswax, Salvaged Coffee Sacks. Graphix Business Card Comp, Country Canines 1, Naked Cuts 2 Rangitahi Award, Renegade.Co.

BARA Retail Award: Renegade.Co. Strategy Collective, social media workshop: Cup & G. Marketing strategy workshop: Safe and Sound.  Speaking Made Easy, Public Speaking Award: Trophy,

Country Canines. Implement Customer Service Award (2 x $12) Girls of Steel, Renegade. Centre City Award, Best Trade Fair Stands: Pimp your Frame, Rerehua, Country Canines.

TCC Showcase Award, Nunya Beeswax. STDC Business Innovation Award, Country Canines. Bara Retail Award, BDO Financial Management Award, (2 x $250) Cup & Go, Girls of Steel.

Annual Review Award, Nunya Beeswax.

Regional Runner up, Nunya Beeswax.

Regional Winner, Country Canines.