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Students say YES to business success

Students from Wairarapa College’s Whare Āwhina with bath bombs and body scrub from their Young Enterprise Scheme business. PHOTO/FLYNN NICHOLLS

Flynn Nicholls
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The aroma of their bath bombs and body scrub is delicious, and sweet success will surely follow for the latest business venture from Team Whare Āwhina.

A group of students at Whare Āwhina, Wairarapa College’s supported learning centre, are participating in this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme [YES].

The nine students, known as Team Whare Āwhina, are social entrepreneurs who have made their goal for 2022 to donate the proceeds of their sales to a charity or community group.

The students are selling their handmade products at Wairarapa College and, if they have any leftovers, will have a stall booked at Wairarapa Farmers Markert on Saturday, October 22.

The bath bombs, made of all-natural, New Zealand-sourced materials were made in three scents: lavender, lemon and rose-geranium.

They also work in the shower: “You place the bomb in the corner and the hot shower spray will release the fragrance”, teacher Sue Patridge said.

The body scrub, packaged in a gift box, comes in coffee, lemon/lime, peppermint, and orange scents.

The students, Sam A., Sam N., Cody, Anaru, Harry, Alex, Trystan, Mei Ling, and Josh, said they have been “very busy” with the finishing touches and preparing the products for the market.

Anaru, who has been involved in the project since the beginning, was “proud” of the group’s work.

Harry said “we all worked hard” and that they are “good mates”.

The YES programme is designed for Year 12 and 13 students, providing them with the opportunity to set up and run their own small businesses, develop key life skills, and create networks within their community.

Students from Whare Āwhina, then called the Supported E, won a regional YES award for Excellence in Social Impact with their sustainable cookie dough business, Aroha Cookies, in 2021.

This year, they hope to repeat the success.

Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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