Tokoroa teen's mission to inspire social change

Long Lunch 09/05/2018
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While most teenagers are still trying to figure out their life ambitions, an 18-year-old from Tokoroa has already planned his next move.

Former Tokoroa High School student Jay McLaren-Harris graduated in 2017, and has taken his t-shirt business and turned it into a full time job.

Tumeke Enterprises focuses on inspiring young people to be actively involved in social change in their communities.

Mr McLaren-Harris told Wendyl Nissen on RadioLIVE that he started the business following comments made by Winston Peters.

“[Mr Peters] criticised Te Ururoa Flavell for speaking Te Reo in the house.”

“Both Winston and Te Ururoa was right. Yes, it should be spoken in the house, but also if only three to four percent of New Zealanders can understand it fully, then how can the other [96 or 97 percent] understand it,” he said.

“So we decided what can we do as a young business, under the Young Enterprise Scheme, to do our bit in revitalising the language.

Listen to the full interview with Jay McLaren-Harris above.

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