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'My culture's my identity' - Dunedin 12-year-old's poi business goes global

Despite being just 12 years of age, Dunedin schoolgirl Georgia Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu has started one of New Zealand’s newest and brightest business ventures.

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Georgia Tiatia, 12, has already got the backing of several start-up companies. Source: 1 NEWS

She has started making and selling poi, a business idea she started with her mum Anna.

"It was really because she wanted to get somewhere fast and I didn’t have the money to get there… she said 'how am I going to make money?'" Anna Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu says.

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Georgia Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu’s fledgling business won an award that’s given her much-needed funds to scale up her enterprise. Source: 1 NEWS

Anna convinced her daughter to start producing poi.

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Georgia Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu’s fledgling business won an award that’s given her much-needed funds to scale up her enterprise. Source: 1 NEWS

The pair quickly realised they were on to a good idea, making $1000 in the first 48 hours.

Georgia used the money to fund a school trip to Rotorua, before then putting forward her business idea to a New Zealand start-up business bootcamp.

She then won a people’s choice award, before winning $5000, a working space and a Soda LIFT scholarship.

The pair saying they currently making around 20 poi a day, with orders coming from as far away as France.

Everything aside from the tape and rubber bands, is made using biodegradable materials.