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Young entrepreneurs hit Punanga Nui

Friday September 26, 2014 Written by Published in Education
Team Maine Purotu getting quizzed by the panel of judges. 14062009 Team Maine Purotu getting quizzed by the panel of judges. 14062009

Shoppers should expect to see some new faces selling their wares this Saturday at the Punanga Nui Market.

Over three months after participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme’s (YES) 2014 Dragon’s Den event, the four teams from Tereora College that participated in the programme  have now produced their products and are now ready to go to the market.
All teams emphasised local culture in developing their products, along with the use of local ingredients.
The various products include a line of locally made bucket hats with Polynesian styling, a traditional body oil made with aloe vera and coconut oils, aromatic bath salts made with local products, and an instructional video for traditional Cook Islands dancing and pareau tying.
Two white marquees, easily identified by banners, will be set up at Punanga Nui Market this Saturday morning.
Having the students begin the selling of their products is a major milestone and follows months of preparation.
The students previously spent countless hours preparing business and marketing plans, which culminated in June’s Dragon’s Den Event that saw the four teams made their bid to win cash to develop their budding businesses.
In the end, all four teams won money to develop their products.
The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce along with the Ministry of Education is assisting with the programme, and follows financial support from the New Zealand Aid Programme.
The Chamber urges all visitors to the market to visit and support the teams this Saturday.

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