Thursday, 25th October, 2018

Hawke’s Bay Breeding Brilliant Youth in Business

65 Hawke’s Bay YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) teams started up a business this year.  Each team came up with an idea of a product or service, did market research to see if their great idea would sell and then took it to market.

The teams came from 15 Hawke’s Bay secondary schools and were either year 12 or 13 (6th & 7th form).  Over the course of eight months, these students completed three YES challenges which determined the top six teams in the region.  These top six teams competed in the YES finals on 24 October at EIT.  Head of YES Dr Colin Kennedy who has been travelling around New Zealand attending other Regional finals for the past two years said, “I haven’t seen such a cluster of top teams in one region before”.

The top six Hawke’s Bay teams were;

  • Empressa Central Central Hawke’s Bay College
  • MyTapp Woodford House
  • Poncho Me Iona
  • Project Rangatahi EIT Business Enterprise Unit
  • Bayuble Woodford House
  • Lightning Lock Hastings Christian School

The competition was fierce, and the judge’s decision was a tough one as the team results were so close.  “We didn’t know who the Hawke’s Bay Champion was until the last moment as the judges were torn and therefore had many discussions before a winner was chosen,” says Karla Lee, Hawke’s Bay YES Regional Coordinator.  However, there could be only one winner and the team who took the overall title was Bayuble from Woodford House

Bayuble have created an alternative label to stickers for fruit.  The team impressed the judges with their strong presentation, innovative product and commitment to research.  Bayuble will now be offered the opportunity to pitch at the Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Business Awards on Friday 16th November to fine tune their delivery before heading to Wellington to represent Hawke’s Bay on Thursday 6th December where they will compete against 20 other New Zealand regions.

The Hawke’s Bay YES awards celebrated all 65 teams and awards were presented to the following;

Farmers Market Award
  • Runner Up Natracare                        Havelock North High School
  • Winner Bayuble                                Woodford House
Sales & Marketing Award
  • Runner Up Iron & Vine                     Hastings Boys High School
  • Winner YES Tamatea                       Tamatea High School
Business Resilience Award
  • Runner Up Hikoi                              Woodford House
  • Winner Letz Lead                             Hawke’s Bay Prison
Innovation & Social Impact
  • Runner Up George                          St Johns College
  • Winner Project Rangatahi                EIT Business Enterprise Unit
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Runner Up Sarah Wixon                       Woodford House
  • Winner Rahiri Edwards-Hammond         EIT Business Enterprise Unit
YES Company of the Year and Hawke’s Bay Regional Champion
  • WINNER Bayuble                                Woodford House 


Hawke’s Bay also have two teams that won National Excellence Awards.  The teams were not told which award they have won but they are both invited to Wellington in December to accept their respective award. 

These teams are;

  • George St Johns College
  • Letz Lead Hawke’s Bay Prison

The finals and awards are a celebration for YES teams “the awards evening highlights the brilliant work of our youth in Hawke’s Bay and what the future holds.  It takes courage and hard work to achieve the results these teams have accomplished and I couldn’t be more proud of these amazing young entrepreneurs” says Karla Lee.

If you were unable to see the evening in person, you have the opportunity to see it on the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce facebook page

You can also see Bayuble pitch at the Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Business Awards that are open to the public.  For tickets please go to