A Maori business programme has achieved exciting success for Tarawera High students.

A business challenge, 'He kai hei aku ringa' was a business-minded experience for 10 Year 10 students.

The three-day learning programme, which included students from Edgecumbe College, Trident High School and Opotiki College, focused on developing skills, understanding and attitudes about how a successful business operated.

Eight groups representing a virtual company headed by director roles, investigated a problem-solving product and presented a business plan with a target market to a judging panel on the final day .

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The exercise tested their skills in budgeting, problem solving, teamwork and communication.

Two Tarawera students, Jayson Ramanui and Te Arikiahi Ranui, were in the group that won best business idea.

Charlee Scott received the top supreme award for 'Best Business Achiever,' showing incredible business attributes in all learning areas.

Overall, it was a great experience gained by all students involved, particularly the Year 10 students who were inspired by the programme and are now considering selecting the NCEA Level One Business Enterprise programme for next year.

The school acknowledged the achievements of Majean Rogers, Calvin Carter, Theo Bruntjies, Jayson Ramanui, Charlee Scott, Willow Brady, Kyann Gates-Tamihana, Destiny Maxwell, Kimiora Tahana, Te Arikiahi Ranui.

Supplied by Tarawera High School, written by Sheree Tuhoro.