First ever Pasifika BizNinja in Christchurch

Encouraging youth entrepreneurship

posted: 9:00 am - 23rd May 2016
Hillmorton High School Biz Ninjas

Budding Pacific entrepreneurs in Canterbury battled it out for top prize at the first ever Pasifika Biz Ninja High School Business Challenge in Christchurch recently.

The inaugural event, supported by the Ministry, was a new addition to the SpacPac series of events in 2016, with a focus on getting more Pacific young people into Business and Enterprise.

10 teams from 7 schools competed in the challenge at Te Puna Wananga Marae. Each team had to create a product that would improve water safety and pitch its unique selling point.

Middleton Grange School claimed first place, followed by Catholic Cathedral in second place and Hillmorton High School in third place.

Middleton Grange School won with their ‘Life Togs’ idea. These togs are made out of special fabric that can be inflated when a person gets into trouble in the water and is worried they could drown. 

Southern Region Advisor, Melisa Stanley, says the event was a huge success.

“The teams came up with loads of innovative and creative ideas that showed the young people’s talent for idea generation and business,” she says.

The Ministry financially supported the event by providing the Overall Winners Trophy and event management support.

Organisers hope that Biz Ninja encourages more Canterbury Pacific Students to participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme.