Thursday November 9, 2017
National champions beat Aussies in business case comp By Jamie Adams
A group of Rongotai College students were already crowned the best in New Zealand when it came to putting forward a solution to a business case – now they have beaten the best the Aussies could offer. The students - Tom Hughes, Reuben Hill-Smith, Ryan Yee and Daniel Gibbs – have trans-Tasman bragging rights after defeating the winners of the Australian Secondary Schools Case Competition in a one-off contest. The team of four went head to head with North Bundaberg State High School in a head-to-head chamionship match in Brisbane. The two teams were given the task of providing a business case for maximising the earning potential of the Korean pop or “K-pop” industry, which is most notable for producing the mega-hit Gangnam Style by Psy. “The two main challenges that the team and I picked up on were appealing to a wider audience and ensuring that K-Pop stayed as a thing exclusive to South Korea,” Tom says. “Firstly, we proposed that the K-Pop industry worked together to create a TV drama based around the creation of K-Pop - the whole idea of recruiting people at a young age and producing all aspects of the
music we believed was quite a novel one to the West.” They also proposed the K-Pop industry focused on live shows as K-Pop is just as much a visual media as an audio one. “Thirdly, in order to address the issue of the K-Pop model and style being copied and produced overseas - like in China with C-Pop, for example - we proposed that the K-Pop industry focused on keeping it Korean.” That could be done by getting a Korean word into the English language in the same way that “Gangnam” is now universally known. Their proposed word was “Hallyu” - or “the Korean Wave.” Reuben believes the judges were swayed by the fact their team wanted to enhance K-Pop’s appeal whereas the other team wanted to regulate it. Principal Kevin Carter says Rongotai students had competed academically overseas before, but this win was a first. “The boys’ win was a good example of the critical thinking and decision making skills our young people do which explains how NZ teams are so successful.” Earlier in the year the students had taken out the New Zealand Secondary Schools Business Case Competition with their suggestions for helping Desert Farms push Camel’s Milk on to the local market.
Rongotai College students Tom Hughes, Reuben Hill-Smith, Ryan Yee and Daniel Gibbs with their winning certificate. PHOTO: Supplied
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Eco-friendly gym comes to Miramar
Pure Tough gym owner Matt Gilmartin, right, with colleagues Adrian Owen, Linda Calvert and Jana Barrett. PHOTO: Supplied
A new gym with a difference has arrived in Miramar – one where people can do their bit for the environment while working out. Pure Tough have several machines that are self-powering such as the Skill-mill, a state of the art concaved treadmill used by pro rugby players such as the All Blacks. Owner Matt Gilmartin has always been environmentally conscious and has wanted to contribute to looking after the planet. He says owning a local gym has given him the opportunity to open Miramar’s first-ever eco-friendly gym. “People make the machines generate their own energy by using motion, we’ve also installed LED lighting, the flooring is made from recycled rubber, the cleaning products we use are Eco-friendly and we
have recycled hand towels along with recycle bins. Matt left school at the age of 18, it was then he found his passion for health and fitness. After an OE in Britain, Matt came back and realized that personal training was made for him. Matt plans to eventually incorporate solar panels into his eco-plan, as well as opening another gym. Pure Tough have highly skilled and experienced staff all of whom are happy to help achieve any goal big or small. They offer a variety of classes which you can view on their website www. puretough.co.nz or come along to their open day on Saturday November 18 at 14 Park Road, Miramar.
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