TO TATOU MOEMOEA

The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand is backing young New Zealanders as the designers, dreamers, creators and workers of a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future

We support young people to develop confidence and skills to; live, learn, earn and create a better future for us all.

Art in the Park 2023 Charity of Choice

Hayley Elliott-Kernot is The Prince’s Trust young artist at this year’s Art in the Park event. The talented young artist is also an illustrator and author of children’s books. Hayley joins the eight young artists from last year who are all back exhibiting at the event again in 2023.

Hayley is a talented young author, artist and illustrator whose work is about to be showcased on the world stage.

The young entrepreneur was funded from He Kākano to support her writing and artistic work and is so talented she was commissioned to create a piece of art for The Prince’s Trust Global Gala in New York.

A limited edition run of the artwork has been produced in New York -  the original painting has also sold.

Hayley says,

“The Prince’s Trust has been so incredibly helpful and generous - it is a bit mind blowing.”

Our Values

ME KA MOEMOEĀ AU, KO AU ANAKE;
IF I WERE TO DREAM ALONE,
ONLY I WOULD BENEFIT.
ME KA MOEMOEĀ TĀTOU, KA TAEA E TĀTOU,
IF WE WERE TO DREAM TOGETHER,
WE COULD ACHIEVE ANYTHING.

Nā Princess Te Puea Hērangi, No Waikato

PRINCE'S TRUST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR TO ATTEND CORONATION

Tasmyn Roach (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Waikato) and Andrew Williams will represent The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand at the Coronation of our President, His Majesty King Charles III.


Tasmyn is the young entrepreneur behind Awhi Company – a business that creates Māori designed baby blankets to ensure babies are wrapped in their culture from birth.

The young mother (became a māmā to her first son Kahika last year) completed The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Workshop in 2022 and was one of the first to be funded from The Prince’s Trust He Kākano Seed Fund. 

Tasmyn used the funding to scale her business and expand into products for the home. She was raised in Ōtorohanga, in the King Country and now lives in Tauranga.

Andrew Williams is the founding Trustee and Chairperson of The Trust in New Zealand.

Tasmyn Roach wasn’t raised with Māoritanga (Māori cultural practices and beliefs) and says she’s faced many challenges in starting a business “in this space.”

READ MORE OF HER STORY HERE

Our Enterprise Workshops

He Kākano is a $2-million seed fund for young entrepreneurs aged 17-30 years.

In the year since we launched He Kākano, we have been inundated with applications from talented young entrepreneurs wanting support to explore, launch or scale a business. 

We have backed more than 60 young people into business – head to our He Kākano page to read more including how to apply

His Majesty the King addressed guests at the launch of the $2M He Kākano seed fund, for young entrepreneurs, at Auckland in May 2022.

He said, "it is crucial young people get the right support, and He Kākano’s integrated approach to training, mentoring, funding and networking will provide backing that is so vitally needed in Aotearoa New Zealand."

The fund, which is a partnership between The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, The Ministry of Youth Development, business and taiohi, was launched by the Minister for Youth, Priyanca Radhakrishnan on 9th May 2022.

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