‘Woolly Wedge’ wins day

A group of Dunedin school pupils is on a mission to save the New Zealand wool industry ‘‘one doorstop at a time’’.

Under the Door Enterprises, from Kavanagh College, created a firm producing and selling woollen doorstops called ‘‘Woolly Wedge’’.

Celebrating their win after the Young Enterprise Scheme’s Otago Regional Final are Under the Door...
Celebrating their win after the Young Enterprise Scheme’s Otago Regional Final are Under the Door Enterprise team members (from top) Hayley Anderson (17) , Amy Hook (18), Mitchell Stewart (17), and Te Kahui Mariu-Boreham (18), all of Dunedin’s Kavanagh College. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
The group, made up of 10 year 13 pupils from the school’s agribusiness class, had been building its business through the Young Enterprise Scheme (Yes) and on Tuesday night it was named the Otago regional winner for 2021.

Each won a $1000 scholarship to the University of Otago and flight vouchers from Air New Zealand.

Bayfield High School’s Abalro Health, which was last year’s winners, placed second and Otago Boys High School’s Maimoa came third.

Being the regional winners was like being ‘‘stuck in a dream’’, Under the Door chief executive Hayley Anderson said.

The group’s teacher, Jill Armstrong, encouraged its members to take part in Yes earlier this year and pushed them to come up with an innovative idea from the agricultural sector.

During a brief period in Alert Level 2 earlier this year, the school had to keep its doors open to comply with restrictions.

‘‘We were using traditional doorstops and we thought we could come up with something better,’’ Hayley said.

The group researched the wool industry and believed they could possibly help the struggling sector.

Woolly Wedge was designed to be a double-sided doorstop with one side covered in New Zealand wool, sourced from carpet offcuts, and the other covered in recycled wood.

Under the Door partnered with industry campaign Campaign for Wool and worked with its trustee, Craig Smith, who helped mentor the group.

The wedges were manufactured by Cargill Enterprises and more than 2000 have been sold online and at Mitre 10 Dunedin.


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