Dion McLeod's Big Win

The simplest ideas are usually the best! Cultural Native Maze wins $10,000 funding at the inaugural NZ Maori Tourism's "Dragons Den" business competition.

The Journey started with a last-minute one-page application to Dragons Den in August 2018

Of the award’s five categories, Dion's circle within a circle design with the stylised outline of a taniwha’s face at the centre won the Dragon’s Den “bring your idea to life” start-up category. It was an easy finalist choice for the 'Dragon's', but also had overwhelming buy-in from the audience. 

The native garden maze is made up of a 100-metre diameter outer ring and an 87-metre inner ring, but now the vision is to double the size of it. 

Getting a location by the airport will provide a mesmerising arrival for travellers flying into Gisborne. Imagine looking out the window of the plane and seeing the native garden maze below, not just a traditional garden or maze but one with cultural educational element mixed with exercise and fun.

Dion received $10,000 of prize money to start up this business venture. The next step was to register 'NZ Native Garden Maze', and start looking for the perfect location, as well as starting a website and social media to garner interest and support from businesses through to individuals!

Check out the Gisborne Herald article