Affordable uniforms is their business
School uniforms often put financial strain on families so three Tokoroa students have been helping out.
Tokoroa High School year 13 business studies students Tuiatara Vaeau, Larissa Carter, and Alosio Ale have been working together throughout the year selling second hand uniforms as part of their business School-form.
‘‘We had to look at an issue in society and we all noticed that within our school there are really bad uniform issues,’’ Larissa said.
‘‘When you have to buy a new uniform items range from $70 to $80 plus which is pretty expensive, especially if you are having to buy new items part way through the year.’’
‘‘Our most expensive item is $50, which is for school jerseys and jackets, so we are quite a bit cheaper and it’s really helping people out.’’
She said feedback has been phenomenal.
‘‘At the start of the year the school had a whole lot of people donate uniforms to sell so we have taken over that,’’ she said.
‘‘The people that have brought from us have said that it is a really good idea and it is helpful. Most of our customers so far have also been in year 12 so there is no point in them buying a new uniform when they are going to be in mufti next year.’’
Alosio said they’ve formulated a business plan where each of them has a role to fill. He looks after human resources and marketing, Tuiatara looks after the financial side, and Larissa is the chief executive officer and production manager.
‘‘It’s been really good working together on this,’’ Alosio said.
‘‘We were originally going to have four of us but the fourth one left school so we had to work out what we were going to do.’’
‘‘It was a bit of a hiccup in the plan but luckily she had the easy role so we were able to spread it out amongst ourselves,’’ Larissa added.
‘‘We’ve learnt businesses are pretty hard to run and get started but overall it’s been good and we have made a bit of money and sold a few items which is in the criteria to pass.’’
Tuiatara said a Facebook page has been set up for those wanting to get in touch or they can leave their details at the school office.
‘‘Hopefully we will be able to pass it onto someone else so it can keep running next year,’’ he said. Next year Alosio plans on studying social work, Tuiatara politics, and Larissa tourism.