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The Global

Kaitiakitanga Project

Global Kaitiakitanga Project C2

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

Max Donaldson from Kerikeri High School, Northland has developed the world’s first bio available, New Zealand grown, olive leaf supplement called OliveXtract. Olive leaf extract has a variety of health benefits including improved cardiovascular health. GreenKiwi Supplements use olive trees which have been grown without artificial fertilisers, irrigation or synthetic chemicals which supports the native biodiversity of the far north of New Zealand.


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.

What is the Global Kaitiakitanga Project? 
The New Zealand at Expo 2020 team has once again partnered with Young Enterprise (YES) to create the second cohort 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 running from March 2021 – September 2021.  All five participating YES companies will be 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 will be held to determine the programme winner. Subject to international travel restrictions, the winning company will travel to Expo 2020 in Dubai to showcase their product or service in the New Zealand Pavilion. The individuals from the winning company will also act as New Zealand’s youth ambassadors at other youth and innovation related activities at Expo 2020. 



Why are we running 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.

Congratulations to our five 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. Our five finalist Young Enterprise companies have been announced!

Thanks to everyone who applied and for the latest news on the project follow @nzatexpo.

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.

Brooke Moore, of Wrapt took out the winning spot in 2020, with her edible, biodegradable, plastic wrap alternative.

Congratulations to Brooke! Read about her story here

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The five companies who participated in the first cohort of the Global Kaitiakitanga Project were:

  • Wrapt - an edible, biodegradable, allergen-free plastic wrap alternative.
    Brooke Moore, Tauhara College, Taupō.

  • Top That! – a range of gourmet allergen-friendly meal toppers, carefully crafted to enhance the healthy eating experience.
    Olivia Moore, Tauhara College, Taupō.

  • Te Kete O Tangaroa – is working towards creating a polystyrene bin alternative, to combat the unsustainable use of polystyrene for exporting seafood.
    Sam Wixon, Havelock North High School, Havelock North.

  • Te Tuitui Mautauranga – is concerned with maximising the return from the land using innovative technology. They have produced drought tolerant seeds.
    Louis Gaffney, Marcus Ambrose and Bradley Campbell, St John’s College, Hastings.

  • CloudMass - has developed a miniature tracker for dementia sufferers.
    Sean Gibbs, Matthew Bilby and Adam Jonkers, Glendowie College, Auckland.

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The Global Kaitiakitanga Project: Programme Participants 2020

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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.