Date: 10 December 2012
A team of Rangi Ruru students took away two top prizes at the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme national awards dinner on the 4th December in Wellington.
Flatpack Farming, and their storage utility pack designed to use on the back of quadbikes, won the Ministry of Youth Development Award for Commitment and the MOVAC Award for High Growth Potential at the awards evening, held at Te Papa.
The national recognition caps off a successful year for Flatpack Farming. They were one of two overall winners at the regional Dragons’ Den presentations held in June, as well as winning a YES Coordinator Award for Business Practice, the Science Alive Innovation Award for YES Canterbury and coming runner-up in the YES Canterbury regional awards held in October.
Judith Tatom, the Canterbury Young Enterprise Scheme Coordinator from CORE Education, was particularly excited for the students given how hard they worked throughout the year. “They really deserve this award, they knew prior to the evening that they would receive one excellence award but to receive two was a real bonus,” Ms. Tatom said.
“All the students from the Canterbury region who participated put in such a tremendous effort, and it’s great that one of our teams were so successful nationally,” Ms. Tatom added.
Manurewa High School team Caring & Co won the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year award, while Ethical Mall from Garin College and Our Backyard from Opotiki College were second and third overall respectively.