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Jul 13, 2021

Teen shares Māori culture through reusable water bottles

Tokoroa High School’s deputy head boy knows persistence leads to good things.


After noticing a lack of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) in the marketing of New Zealand bottled water and lack of interest from bottling companies to incorporate it, the 17-year-old has taken things into his own hands.

And his entrepreneurship is gaining national attention.

As part of the 2021 Young Enterprise Scheme, Tamatea Ngāpō-Lipscombe has created a unique reusable water bottle called Wai Huarere (The Water that Flows) sharing the story of Putāruru’s Te Waihou River in both te reo Māori and English.

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