University of Otago students (from left) Sarahmarie Innes
(22), Summuh Collier-Morete (20), Mariana Pou (24) and
recent graduate Max Wolfgram (21) show off their awards for
winning a Maori entrepreneurial competition. Inset: Janine
Kapa-Blair. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A website for promoting traditional Maori food was chosen
as the best concept in a Maori business competition for
University of Otago students.
The student enterprise programme, which began with an
overnight stay on Puketeraki marae last month, finished with
a Dragons' Den-style finale this week, where the three teams
were asked to pitch their ideas.
In the end, a group which came up with the idea of a website
for promoting traditional food producers and providing
information about how to prepare and cultivate the food was
chosen as the winner.
Group member Sarahmarie Innes said the idea was to give
information about the ''full experience'' of traditional
The team was ''blown away'' to be chosen, especially given
the quality of the competition.
''I am very humbled actually, because I thought the other
groups were amazing. I was really digging for them,'' Ms
Otago Business School associate Maori dean Janine Kapa-Blair
said the programme - called He Kakano in Maori - gave the
students valuable experience.
''He Kakano is an exciting, innovative programme which
promotes kaupapa Maori business values to its participants,
which can then be applied in further study or potential
businesses going forward,'' she said.