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Bike enthusiasts take out YES award 2009

CBHS winnersRevolution - a nationwide online service for cyclists designed by the Christchurch Boys’ High School Revolution team has won this year’s Canterbury Regional Young Enterprise Scheme Award.

Deputy mayor Norm Withers presented the awards to Revolution team members Khan Ritchie, Max Carter-Smith, Matt Barnes, Samuel Burgess, Hugh Lynch, Andy McMillan, and Edward Cary.

Their revobike.co.nz cycling website featured a vast array of cycling-related multimedia, allowing New Zealand cyclists to connect with each other, and an online store supported by New Zealand retailers, suppliers and distributors.

The team members each won $250, the Regional YES Trophy, the YES Regional Coordinator’s Media and Marketing Award, and two team representatives will travel to Wellington to compete in the national awards in November.

Innovation and other awards

“The YES programme is only possible because of the enthusiastic school teachers involved, who are assisted by a broad range of business mentors who offer their time for free to encourage the next generation of business people,” Ms Eustace said.

Papanui studentsAugust trade fair

Nine schools took part in the 2009 trade fair held at The Palms in August, and Canterbury YES co-ordinator Sonia Eustace said the trade fair gave students a taste of real-world marketing and sales.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to get an insight into what the public thought of their wares. Shoppers were amazed with the variety and complexity of the goods and services on display," she said.

Freshly baked muffins and fudge samples drew crowds to view the mouth-watering cookbooks on sale from both Avonside Girls High and Kaiapoi High Schools. Among the products displayed were multi-coloured tie-dyed T-shirts and ’kiwi and proud’ silicone wristbands both from Papanui High School (pictured); Rangiora High School’s personalised hoodies and funky wheat sacks and cushions; Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti Schools 'laptop skins'; an innovative noise control device designed by St Thomas of Canterbury, and a USB flash drive from Rangiora High School.

Christchurch Boys' High School catered for security-conscious shoppers with their 'kill switch' designed to quickly immobilise your car; and an anti-etching device designed to prevent vandalism and window etching. Rangi Ruru Girls displayed vividly coloured hooded tops designed to keep wearers 'seen' and safe in the water.

Rangiora High School promoted an event organising service; while Christchurch Boys High School promoted an eco-friendly trading service specifically designed for the hospitality industry. Another Rangi Ruru Girls team had convenience in mind offering stylish magnetic 'key katchers', ensuring shoppers would no longer need to go hunting through their handbags looking for keys; and a compact 'car companion kit containing all the emergency equipment usually spread throughout a car.

October 2009