Students trial their competition entries

Monday July 17, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Nukutere College Year 10 business group ‘Emoja’ preparing to present their product next Thursday. 17071202 Nukutere College Year 10 business group ‘Emoja’ preparing to present their product next Thursday. 17071202

Nukutere College students put their entrepreneurial skills to the test this week in preparation for next week’s Year 10 Bank of the Cook Islands Business Challenge.


The year 10 students on Tuesday, showcased their products to their fellow pupils after 10 weeks of work.

The showcase demonstrated their preparation, organisation and time management, and demonstrated the purpose of their products.

Nukutere College teacher Mrs Mitchell said the school’s business groups decided it would be beneficial for them to practice showing off their products at the school grounds before the actual competition, which is keenly contested.

“We haven’t done this before, we usually just wait until the event, but this is actually taking the nerves away from them and getting them prepared and equipped for the competition.”

The one-day event will see Year 10 students from schools on Mauke, Atiu, Aitutaki, Mangaia, Mitiaro and Rarotonga display their entrepreneurial skills and ideas through products they have made themselves.

All Year 10 students involved were required to form a business group at the beginning of the school term and work as a team to produce a product unique to the Cook Islands.

A Year 10 business group leader Michelle Williams said their product was formed by combining the names of their team members together.

“The first letters of our first names formed the word ‘emoja’, which we thought sounded similar to ‘emojis (ideograms and “smileys” used throughout social media).

“So we thought we could produce t-shirts with island themed emojis,” Williams said.

The team put their heads together and contributed money, ideas and time to produce their localised emoji t-shirts.

 Williams says working as a team was fun and challenging at the same time.

“We are all really good friends, so we get distracted easily, but we have achieved our team goals and are thinking of continuing our business in the future.”

After receiving customer feedback and trialling improvements and developments, Nukutere College Year 10 business groups are confident they’ll do well in the Bank of the Cook Islands Business Challenge showcase next week.

The open event will be held at the Muri market on Thursday from 10am-2pm. 

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