Af­ford­able uni­forms is their busi­ness

South Waikato News - - Tea Cup Trip - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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