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  • 4 December, 2017

Inaugural Hatch Programme participants gather

Six young, innovative and dynamic Pacific business teams have been selected to participate in the inaugural intake of the Hatch Youth Programme. 

Developed and delivered by the Pacific Business Trust, Hatch provides a combination of flexible tertiary education with real-world experience to support accelerated commercial growth to Pacific youth aged 16-26 with entrepreneurial aspirations through Massey University.

Hatch teams also have access to masterclasses led by business leaders, with the opportunity for individual assistance from the vast range of industry supporters.

The official launch of the Hatch Youth Programme is on Friday 15 December at a special event at Lei Café in Ponsonby from 8am, enabling all six teams to meet for the first time, along with the Hatch expert panel, sponsors and partners.

Kim Tuaine, CEO of the Pacific Business Trust, says the high calibre of applicants meant the initial intake of four teams needed to increase to six.

“Pacific Business Trust is excited to be working with Massey University to provide tangible pathways for young people to thrive, have a voice of their own and develop business networks that are mutually supportive,” she says.

The six Hatch teams include:

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GO is short for Gift One. It is a brand/social enterprise that aims to better connect human need with human behaviour to help reduce barriers to giving, increase the speed of access to product and skills based volunteers that are required by the community and support New Zealand companies in developing their social responsibility strategy that is low-input and high visibility. GO sees Hatch as an opportunity to grow GO in the coming year.

Mau Studios

A social design practice, Mau Studios creates holistic, systemic and human-centred responses to humanitarian issues. A movement of creatives and designers, it believes everyone has the right to dream big, innovate change and inspire future generations. They are excited to be involved with Hatch and see it as an opportunity to unlock their potential and continue to create meaningful impact in a commercially sustainable manner and on a larger scale.


A social enterprise that offers Pasifika art and wellbeing workshop sessions to schools, Meraki has started with schools in Auckland, with their sessions focus on drama, dance, visual arts and cultural values. Meraki began as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme at St Mary’s College and, through Hatch, are passionate about scaling their business to new heights.


A business that creates dairy-free alternatives to products that everyone can enjoy. O Lelei began with almond milk and have since expanded to create three other products – almond yoghurt, ice cream and almond flour, with a fifth product soon due for release. Formed in 2015 as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme at Henderson High School, O Lelei see Hatch as a pathway to growing their company nationwide and globally.


An innovative project aimed at treating physical and mental aspects of recovery by opening recovery lounges. Their rooms are spaces equipped with recovery technology, often only available to elite top tier athletes. They aim to make this accessible to the general public and see Hatch as an opportunity to grow a commercial enterprise with a long lasting impact into the future.

Sepora + Lia

A creative collaboration between two women with Polynesian roots who create fun and contemporary pieces of jewellery. The design and making process is very personal and within two months have built significant online presence. They believe Hatch will give their business a wide room of opportunities to grow and expand their business to new heights.

About Hatch Youth

Hatch Youth is a programme targeting Pacific youth aged 16-26, developed by the Pacific Business Trust. The programme combines tertiary education opportunities through Hatch partner Massey University with a bespoke, intensive, wrap-around system. Real-world experience is leveraged to support accelerated commercial growth and new and diverse leadership within our communities and Aotearoa.