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The Global
Kaitiakitanga Project

What is the Global Kaitiakitanga Project? 
The New Zealand at Expo 2020 team has partnered with Young Enterprise (YES) to create of the Global Kaitiakitanga Project. The sustainability-focussed programme provides high quality business mentoring and international collaboration for young New Zealand innovators who are shaping the future for a better world.  


Programme details 

The Global Kaitiakitanga Project is a seven-month programme which ran from March 2021 – September 2021.  Five finalist businesses were selected in February 2021 and were supported to develop and scale their business with    


  • Four business development workshops led by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)  

  • An NZTE mentor assigned to each company for the duration of the programme  


In September 2021 a Dragons’ Den style pitch event was held to determine the programme winner.  

Congratulations to our winners! 


Congratulations to GreenKiwi Supplements and Abalro Health who were selected as the joint winning companies of the second cohort. Subject to international travel restrictions, both GreenKiwi Supplements and Abalro Health will travel to Expo 2020 in Dubai to participate in business programming, and learn about doing business in the Middle East. The individuals from the winning teams will also act as New Zealand’s youth ambassadors at other youth and innovation related activities at Expo 2020.

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Abalro Health

Harnessing the power of raw barberries, Abalro Health has created a supplement to help those suffering from acne. Using locally sourced products and reusable packaging, the company is the only New Zealand-based company using barberries. Robert Donohoe, Abby Green and Alex Livingstone from Bayfield High School, Otago are on a mission to help the physical and emotional wellbeing of those in need. It is estimated that 80% of the population will at one time in the life suffer from acne and studies show that barberries reduce acne by 43% in just four weeks.

GreenKiwi Supplements

GreenKiwi Supplements is a vertically integrated business developed by Kerikeri High School student Max Donaldson. Max is passionate about the humble olive leaf and has developed a first-to-market, New Zealand grown olive leaf supplement which can support immune and cardiovascular health, from what is normally an industry biproduct. GreenKiwi Supplements is pioneering a traceable, New Zealand grown olive leaf for the global nutraceutical marketplace.

Why do we run this programme? 

Every five years World Expos take place and it’s a great opportunity for countries to showcase the best of their talent and innovation. New Zealand will be leveraging Expo 2020 (happening in 2021-22 due to the Covid pandemic), to give New Zealand’s next generation of entrepreneurs a global platform to grow and succeed, as well as demonstrating why New Zealand is good for the world. The Global Kaitiakitanga Programme aims to develop the participants into global citizens, participating in the global economy through New Zealand’s unique lens of kaitiakitanga. 

Meet the other cohort two finalists!​ 

In February 2021 we went out to New Zealand high school students asking them to showcase their brilliant business idea that relates to kaitiakitanga; or care for people and place. Meet the other three finalist companies and thank you to all who participated. 


KetoSak offers complete keto meal solutions without the emphasis on traditional meat and dairy products; which could significantly decrease the impact of Co2, other greenhouse gases and polluted water from the agricultural industry. As keto has gained increasing global attention the company believes that not only are the products able to address some obesity issues but there will also be a benefit for the wider environment. Devett Groves is the founder and CEO of KetoSak and is from Hamilton Christian School, Waikato.


The Neuro Diverse Learning Resources company (NDLR) is founded by Mya Kereopa and Kahn Tangihaere-Brom from Kamo High School, Northland. The company creates resources designed to aid and develop vital life skills for children with intellectual disabilities. The resources use simple wording, a soft colour palate and high-quality illustrations which have been specifically brought together for the neuro diverse community. The founders identified that there was a real gap in the market for the 2 million plus global market who have intellectual disabilities and hope that their resources will be translated into many languages for global use.


Created to support and rehabilitate the homeless population in New Zealand, TaiWhenua is a housing ready programme providing sustainable homes in the form of recycled shipping containers. Aligned with the UN drive to end the international homelessness epidemic by 2030, the company is run by four students from Glendowie College, Auckland East; including CEO Holly Timmins, Bella Nola, Ryan Gin and Vanessa Dinh.

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The Global Kaitiakitanga Project: Programme Participants 2021

Want to catch up on the companies from the first cohort of Global Kaitiakitanga Project?


Check out our video diaries from the first cohort and see their journeys through the project. 
Learn about the individual business ideas and see how the Global Kaitiakitanga Project helped them evolve. 

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The Global Kaitiakitanga Project is about developing New Zealand's next generation of entrepreneurs to solve sustainability issues for the world.