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Congratulations to our Sixty Second Sell Competition winners

25 June 2020

A special thank you goes out to everyone who submitted a video for the Sixty Second Sell Competition.

“We launched this competition to school students around the Coromandel, as a way to promote our domestic tourism and show the rest of the country why we love being here, and why people should come and visit,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "There was a brilliant turn out, mostly by rural schools with smalller rolls, so that’s kudos to the teachers and the kids for pulling it all together."

There was some outstanding editing, visiuals and music in many of the videos, we were blown away with the effort these students put into their submissions. 

Our Mayor Sandra and radio/tv personality Jay-Jay Feeney judged all the entries of the Sixty Second Sell yesterday afternoon. To watch what Sandra and Jay-Jay had to say about all the entries click here. 

Te Puru school was amazing with the turn-out of entries. Jay-Jay says it made her consider becoming a school teacher, working on a beach front site like that.

Mayor Sandra commented on the high number of entries submitted by Te Rerenga School. “Overall, these submissions got the brief and handled showcasing the Coromandel really well including beach vistas, dolphins, sea life and activities,” she says.

The Winners 

Junior School winners

  • Elsa Wills from Coromandel Area School
  • Parawai School’s team effort, with the core student leaders being, Chloe Bergersen, Emily Challis, Felix Milner, Laura Elliot, Nova Sawyer, Simiosi Tukia, Skylar Doherty, Taaliyah Royal-Wison, and Tayla van Staden.

You can watch Coromandel's Area School junior school video here and Parawai School's video here.  

Jay-Jay says both submissions were extremely cute and a fun watch. “Amazing work from these young people who showcased their area so well,” she says.

“Fantastic entries and I was just drawn in. You could tell these young people really love their area and wanted to share this with everyone," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

Middle School winners

Our middle school winners are Coromandel Area School won by  Whaea Laraine and the Middle Years students, edited by Nathan Hartley. You can watch their video here. 

"I really liked this one because it made me want to go and visit the places the kids recommended. Starting off with a chat sitting around eating fish and chips and then going on a guided tour to showcase all the cool stuff to do was a great way of promoting parts of the Coromandel," says Jay-Jay. 

"They were you. It was a real promotion and took you on the journey. I also liked the music and visuals," says Sandra. 

Te Puru School were also winners in the middle school category. Students were Caitlyn Smith, Annie Perrett, Jemma Brockbank, Shannara Smook and Latoyia Tapp. You can watch their video here.

"This was really good production and showcasing of the Coromandel," says Sandra. 

Jay-Jay says it had a really nice personal touch on why the kids liked the activities they selected. “It made me want to ride the small gauge railway, I’m going to need some small people to take with me on this. And having the dog Frankie at the end was extra special,” she says.

Both winners also receive $500 for their schools.

"Congratulations to all the winners you all did an amazing job. There were so many great entries which made the judging extremley difficult. We also have four teams with highly commended awards in the middle school category who will be receiving $100 towards your school," says Mayor Sandra.

The highly commended are: 

  • Opoutere School - Click here to watch. 
  • Colville School - Click here to watch. 
  • Tairua School - Click here to watch. 
  • Te Rerenga School - Click here to watch.