Driven young entrepreneur Katie Hammond might only be 25 but she has single-handedly turned a university assignment into a viable business.
Her company, KTea, sells organic fair trade tea she imports from Sri Lanka and blends by hand at a commercial kitchen near her Upper Hutt home.
It is sold at specialist fine foods retailers Moore Wilson's, Commonsense Organics and Urban Harvest and in several Wellington cafes. They love that the tea is blended locally.
Hammond created a business plan for a hypothetical tea company as an assignment for her bachelor of business studies at Massey University and then made it a reality.
KTea uses Fairtrade black and green teas direct from the first certified organic tea garden in the world in Sri Lanka, with South Island herbs mixed in to make creative flavour combinations.