New Plymouth students launch bubble tea business

Monday 13 May

Two Taranaki high school students have launched a bubble tea business and part of this year's Young Enterprise Scheme.

Bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink that uses a range of different tea flavours along with large tapioca pearls, which provide a chewy addition to the refreshing drinks.

New Plymouth Girls' High School students Moana Matariki and Tanya Haseltine have launched their company Petite Cha, which will offer a range of different flavours and healthy choices along with an environmental focus.

Haseltine said the pair believed sustainable options and environmentally friendly products were the way of the future.

"We are looking at ways to make sure our products are sustainable and rewarding people for choosing more renewable options. We have gone to great lengths to source a recycled plastic cup."

The pair are being mentored during the YES programme, which partners with teachers and the local business community, by marketing consultant and The Great Kiwi Bake Off star Jeff Poole. 

"My experience in the Kiwi Bake Off reminded me of the potential young people have," Poole said.

"Tanya and Moana impressed me with their drive and focus and I would love to see them make it to the national finals and represent Taranaki."

Matariki said they met Mr Poole at the YES Kickstart Day where students pitched their ideas to local business people.

"We really enjoyed the advice he gave us regarding the bubble tea business," Matariki said.

"We asked if he would mentor us for the year and were thrilled when he said yes."​

Petite Cha will be available at the Seaside Markets, Flavours Night Market and the regional trades fair. You can find out more and where to buy their tea by finding them on Facebook or Instagram.


A special thanks to the sponsors Massey University, TSB Community Trust and TSB for their kind support.

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