The awards were there again for Pukekohe High School 2019

With over 4000 students participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme in 2019, the competition was always going to be tough.  However, Pukekohe High School students are made of tougher stuff. At the Regional Awards Ceremony held at the Beehive, Smales Farm, North Shore, the Auckland school’s finalists presented, during the week, their success pitch to four prestigious judges.

To put this event into perspective – only eight teams are selected to represent the region – Pukekohe High School had three of them. They were Eco Orbs – with their biodegradable soap for the great outdoors, Urban Scrunchies – with their scrunchies made of fabric off cuts from Trelise Cooper and other NZ Fashion designers and finally REPEAT – kicking one time use items from the home with items that can be used REPEATedly.

As usual, judges and business people commented “Pukekohe High School students are very professional and present their pitches to an extremely high level. Their ideas are also very innovative and sustainable.”  The students were awesome on the night, as only two from each team were able to present their idea.  They spoke extremely well, confidently and passionately about their ideas.

The winning team was a group called Kumanu from Manurewa High School with their ‘Buddy Benches’ placed into primary schools.  However, Pukekohe High School came second with Eco-Orbs appealing to the judges with their environmental sustainability strengths and having their soap ranged in the Hunting and Fishing Pukekohe store. Kara Murray (CEO, Chief Executive Officer ) and Morgan Hill (CFO, Chief Financial Officer) led the team to success on the night. Jess Vandermeer and Lisa Naidoo led Urban Scrunchies to third place for the region.  A fantastic result for these teams!  They had researched and presented their pitch to an extremely high standard – well done everyone!

If that is not enough, there were also awards for other aspects of business success in the region. ‘Knack’, led by Gracie Sharpe won an award “Excellence in Business Commitment” for their idea of helping students get ‘work ready’ at Pukekohe High School … and more.

The year 13 Business Studies course, at Pukekohe High School, uses the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) to help link the students to running a successful business throughout the year, with consultation assisted by fantastic mentors, and then achieving their NCEA credits at the same time!  It’s a ‘win win’ with student’s experiencing authentic learning and lifeline skills to help them into their future careers.

Mrs Bach, Head of Business Studies said “The teams this year had innovative ideas and were able to carry these out to an excellent standard.  The 2nd and 3rd place winnings for the region, were the icing on the cake, for these talented and committed students of Pukekohe High School.”




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