"Westport is a small town, and we are a little off the beaten track, but that is no barrier to us really thriving and kicking ass economically."
Em's Power Cookies
Emily Miazga is an expat Canadian and former clinical dietitian who is now living in Westport running her own business - Em’s Power Cookies.
“We came to Westport in 2006 because we just wanted to get out of the city. It was really important for my husband Mitch and I to have a good lifestyle. It was so beautiful here, and the perfect training ground for the Coast to Coast, and we just fell in love with the Coast and never looked back,” Emily says.
Emily has made a habit of coming first. As an endurance athlete she won the gruelling Coast to Coast three times. Now her business Em’s Power Cookies, has become the first to get commercially produced hemp protein cookies on the market in New Zealand, with supermarket chain Countdown stocking her products nation-wide.
A few years ago, Emily caught wind that hemp food legislation was in the works, so she wasted no time getting into the kitchen and started developing her product in anticipation.
“I always wanted to make a protein cookie but didn’t want to use dairy or soy if possible,” Emily says.
She calls hemp “nature’s powerfully nutritious superfood.”
When legislative changes were finally made in November, Emily was ready to hit the ground running, and now distributes her hemp protein cookies across New Zealand and internationally, all while running her business from EPIC Westport.
“Westport is a small town, and we are a little off the beaten track, but that is no barrier to us really thriving and kicking ass economically,” she says.