Timaru teen chosen to represent NZ

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2014
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HIGH FLYER: Roncalli Head boy Tom Anderson has been named in the team of six to represent NZ at the International trade challenge Asia Pacific Final in Hong Kong.

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A Timaru teenager will be getting down to business representing New Zealand.

After taking part in the Enterprise in Action weekend held in Auckland, Roncalli College headboy Tom Anderson walked away as one of the top students.

He has been selected to compete in the New Zealand team at the Asia Pacific finals of the FedEx Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge and was chosen as the Young Enterprise Student Ambassador.

As student ambassador, he will give the closing speech at this year's NZ Business Hall of Fame gala dinner in August, in front of 400 New Zealand business leaders.

He also received two study scholarships - a $1000 scholarship from Massey University if he wishes to study at the College of Business and a $2500 scholarship from the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of New Zealand, which will go towards study at any university.

Tom was one of 80 students, aged 16 to 18, who took part in the weekend run by The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.

Six selected to go Hong Kong in August and will compete in pairs against students from eight other countries.

As part of the challenge, students had to develop a market entry strategy plan to export a fish-based product to Japan.

Business proposals ranged from an Omega contact lens solution, to a chocolate fish that contains collagen, and "Samurai Sauce", a high-dose calcium supplement made from fish bone to help the ageing population suffering from osteoporosis.

The students were judged on their strategies detailing marketing, promotion, pricing, inventory and product distribution plans.

The Young Enterprise Scheme is a national programme and is co-ordinated by Aoraki Development Business and Tourism in South Canterbury.

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- The Timaru Herald

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