among winners at Māori Business Awards
A teenager who founded the world's largest poi manufacturer and an organisation that is helping marae to reduce their waste are among the winners at this year's Māori Business Awards.
Georgia Latu (Kai Tahu, Ngāpuhi), the 16-year-old founder and chief executive of Pōtiki Poi, has won the Young Māori Business Leader Award, a recognition she said she was humbled by.
"We've been going through a lot lately, one of my best friends passed away not long ago and so when I look at this award, I see my best friend. And also see the hard work that has been put into making Potiki poi the largest poi manufacturing company in the world," Latu said.
In 2019, a then 12-year-old Latu started made some poi as a fundraiser, managing to make $1000 in three days.