The MHS Business Academy

2012   Caring And Co 1Mission 
By connecting students, alumni, business and tertiary educators through partnerships, the MHSBA aims to transform the lives of MHS students, and through them, the lives of their families and communities       

To awaken the courage, creativity and perseverance that will drive the businesses of the future

Through their education at the MHS Business Academy, students will be encouraged to:

  • Sense, value and seize opportunities to succeed.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to be successful in business.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of purpose and belief in their unique abilities, identities and cultures.
  • Learn to adapt to and be resilient in the face of change.
  • Appreciate the value of networks for enabling opportunities and solutions.
  • Become role models for future generations of students.

In 2012, when Manurewa High School's Caring and Co won the top awards of Company of the Year and Managing Director of the Year in the Young Enterprise Scheme, the business world began to take notice.

A group came together, led by alumni John and Leonie Hynds of the Hynds Group, and was inspired by the potential for creativity, enterprise and entrepreneurship to transform the lives of many more South Auckland students and their families. This was seen as an important initiative not only for Manurewa, but for New Zealand society as a whole. 

Planning work explored the vision, governance, and leadership among critical aspects of the establishment of a dynamic Business Academy – one that would have positive impact for generations to come. In 2015, the MHS Business Academy Foundation Trust was established, and a foundation board of trustees appointed. The board is:

  • John Hynds, Founding Director, Hynds Group (Chair)
  • Richard Thornton, MHS Board of Trustees
  • Pete Jones, Principal
  • Prof. Doug Carrie, University of Auckland Business School
  • Mark Bentley, Director, Alumni Relations and Development, University of Auckland (foundation board member)
  • Terry Shubkin, CEO, Young Enterprise Trust (foundation board member)
  • Caroline Casey, Talent Manager, Fonterra (foundation board member)
  • Leanne Gibson, Executive Director, Manurewa High School Business Academy
  • Ryan King, Ngati Porou Ngai Tahu, Manurewa High School Business Academy

Manurewa High School students have demonstrated a natural flair for business, which has been nurtured with great teaching expertise of Emma O'Riordan. The style of learning experience is appealing, which includes the opportunity to run real businesses through Young Enterprise. Business people, including alumni also get involved providing case studies, and expert presentations. The success of the model can be seen in achievements including:

  • Ryan King, a member of the 2012 national Young Enterprise Company of the Year, was selected to head the Commerce Association of Pacific and Maori Students at the University of Auckland, and was one of only 35 students among 350 applicants globally chosen to participate in the Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Society, an initiative of Stanford University. Ryan graduated, with the honour of the Trustees Award from the First Foundation. Ryan began his career with Vodafone and has recently joined the Manurewa High Business Academy team to scale programme development and coordinate alumni connections.
  • In 2013, Ohu Honey won two national Young Enterprise awards – for Global Sales & Marketing, and Excellence in Social Enterprise. Black Bulb Company, a 2014 Young Enterprise company, won the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Excellence in Business and Enterprise. The Black Bulb team was also selected for Venture Up, a six-week residential business incubator programme delivered by YES and Creative HQ. The successful Young Enterprise graduates of 2012, 2013 and 2014 have progressed into tertiary study.

The Business Academy is a hub for business learning and for wider business connection across all learning areas. Please view our 2018 Highlights for more information. Current programmes being delivered in partnership include:

Personal Development

  • EY Mentoring
  • ASB Mentoring

Business Education

  • Hynds Level 2 Business Experience Day
  • Mainfreight Pathway to Employment Level 3 qualification - providing three days in school and two days in the workplace
  • University of Auckland Business School Social Innovation Case Competition
  • ANZ Bank Financial Literacy and Economics education

Further Education

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Vodafone Code Like A Girl
  • Nestle Cook for Life
  • Southern Initiative through our MAKER SPACE - a school-wide initiative for students to learn how to create and make with technologies. This enriches the learning environment in an iconic and transformative way, and brings our community and business together.

Career Pathways

  • We coordinate guest speakers and workplace experiences for a range of industries but in particular to support learning areas in our school such as Health Science Academy, Trades Academy, and learning with Digital Technologies.
  • University scholarships offered through the academy include the Hynds Scholarship, the Halse Family Scholarship, and the University of Auckland Business School Scholarships.

Teacher Professional Development

  • University of Auckland Business School Short Courses
  • Mindlab programme
  • Young Enterprise

If you would like to be involved, as a supporter, mentor, or sponsor, please email:

Emma O'Riordan, 021 026 17939

Leanne Gibson, Ph 021 610 071



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