School sticks with uniform monopoly

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Wakatipu High remains rock-solid on its school uniform policy giving one shop a monopoly – despite offers from a cheaper supplier.

Local store Rockies remains official sole provider of monogrammed uniform items, school board papers reveal, after Wakatipu High rejected Postie Plus’s offer to supply its SchoolTex range for hundreds of dollars less per pupil.

The school came under fire in January this year after local mum Rebecca Thompson objected to stumping up almost $1500 for her two children’s uniforms at Rockies – she said she could buy the same SchoolTex outfits at $700 less.

Thompson also complained to the Commerce Commission about the “exorbitant” prices.

Reviewing the sample range from SchoolTex, “the board agreed that the dark grey trousers and the formal white shirt appeared to be similar in appearance to that of current supply”, board papers reveal.

“The board reiterates that parents continue to have the opportunity to purchase non-monogrammed items from alternative sources.”

Meanwhile, parents may be further stung with a $180 charge per child for a physical education tracksuit. The uniform committee will discuss that matter separately, the board papers say.