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Whanganui Based Company Kaitahi Wins Foodstarter


Local Company Kaitahi takes the Win at Foodstarter

Wanganui based Kaitahi As One (Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Iwi) are based on a social ecological entrepreneurship model which recognises and captures value through enterprises where people and nature matter.

Their Frozen Superfood Smoothy Drops combine nutritious fruit and vegetables with traditional Māori ingredients such as pūha and kawakawa. Designed to make healthy living easier, you just combine the frozen drops with liquid and shake – no blender required!

“The calibre of the finalists was mind blowing and we’re so humbled to be recognised in this way.  The wairua of Kaitahi will go to the next level with the help of the FoodStarter partners, the ‘Kaitahi effect’ has really come to life and we can’t wait to get going.”

Arohaina Owen –  Kaitahi As One, Working Group Lead


Out of 217 entries, Kaitahi made it into the final 10. From there Arohaina and the Kaitahi team battled it out with a Shark Tank-style pitch on Thursday night.

As a result of the WIN Kaitahi will be stocked in New World supermarkets nationwide and will receive marketing support.

Arohaina caught up with Andy from Andy & Annie the day before the FoodStarter final.

Have a listen!