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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2018

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30 Wednesday September 5 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News TAKING ON an international student for an internship can help propel your company onto the global stage. That’s what happened when Lincoln Agritech opened its doors to Chinese student James Wang who has become its China business development manager. “James’ international agricultural experience and lingual skills made him a pivotal part of our company’s expansion into China,” Lincoln Agritech chief executive Peter Barrowclough said. Mr Barrowclough met Mr Wang through ChristchurchNZ’s job ready programme, which facilitates connections between international students and the business community. Mr Wang jumped at the opportunity to intern with the local agritech firm during his final year at Lincoln University. Drawing on his practical marketing skills and experience, Mr Wang created a plan to help Lincoln Agritech further market its IRRICAD irrigation design software into the Chinese market. He spent several months understanding the Chinese irrigation market, producing a detailed report, which was later BUSINESS: Lincoln Agritech chief executive Peter Barrowclough offered intern James Wang a job through ChristchurchNZ’s Job Ready Programme. ​ used to target business opportunities. Mr Barrowclough was impressed and offered Mr Wang a full-time job. Having someone dedicated for the Chinese market has helped Lincoln Agritech deepen their understanding of the market and mature relationships in China. Mr Wang said the internship enabled him to connect with Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Lincoln agriculture intern takes on China Fire rages, homes at risk businesses and leverage his international agricultural experience. “The internship offered me an opportunity to work on an industry report relevant to the irrigation sector and an opportunity to use my bilingual skills,” he said. The job ready programme is an internship business tool that coordinates and facilitates relationships between tertiary institutions and the business community. Project manager Simon Anderson said taking on international student interns helps local businesses open themselves up to the world. Mr Barrowclough said Lincoln Agritech quickly recognised the value Mr Wang’s international experience could offer their organisation. “Simon gave us a number of quality leads, but James immediately stood out because of his previous experience,” Mr Barrowclough said. “When I first travelled to China with James we had great success, which only happened because James was able to target the areas where irrigation was important, target the companies, organise the whole trip,” he said. Lincoln Agritech was recently announced a finalist at the Westpac Champion Business Awards in the ChristchurchNZ champion innovation category. Mr Wang said he has enjoyed settling into the Kiwi workplace. JOIN US NOW! See website for details MAX FASHIONS All Tops $29 & Under, Selected Pants $39 & Under (limited time only) RODD & GUNN Selected Short Sleeve Shirts from $49, Usually up to $199. Buy 1 Item, Get the 2nd Item Half Price (T&Cs apply) RIP CURL Further 20% Off Storewide (excl. wetsuits, on presentation of this Ad) Further 50% Off Selected Mountain Wear (while stocks last) ANDREA BIANI Selected Ladies Last Pairs Clearance Shoes, Nothing Over $49.90 (T&Cs apply) STYLES MAY DIFFER TO IMAGE SHOWN ITALIA SPORTSWEAR Women’s & Men’s Puffer Jackets & Vests, were $90, Now $60 (while stocks last) PHONE EXPERT iPhone Screen Replacement, 40% Off the Regular Prices. YD Save $50 When You Spend $150, Save $100 When You Spend $300. Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby www.dress-smart.co.nz Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday September 5 2018 31 Motoring Local News Now Big Camry looks after the environment Fire rages, homes at risk • By Ross Kiddie ANYONE WHO knows me will tell you I’m not a big fan of supermarkets. However, ever since my wife and I have been car-pooling, we frequently swing by one of several on the way home. The upside is that when I’m loading the groceries I get a good indication of the size of the boot in each of the various vehicles I drive on a regular basis. One of the most recent had the biggest load spaces for a sedan that I can recall in recent times, the car was a Toyota Camry, and even in hybrid form the boot space is cavernous – according to Toyota 524-litres in fact. It’s no wonder, then, that Camry has been a taxi favourite over the years. The Camry has just gone though a major lifecycle change, it was almost a forced decision when Toyota’s Altona manufacturing plant closed in Melbourne last year, and the Camry needed to be sourced elsewhere. Today’s model comes fully complete from Japan, and lands here with three driveline options - a 3.5-litre V6, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and 2.5- litre hybrid. I’ve driven the highpower V6 and it is certainly my TOYOTA CAMRY: Three driveline options. favourite, but the hybrid is there for those who feel they are doing something for the environment and want to reap the benefits of its thrifty fuel usage. I’ve often said that if I was a hybrid buyer I’d be looking at Camry and nothing has changed my opinion of that, it is the most conventional of all the hybrids I’ve driven. It looks just like its stablemates and drives little differently. Well, of course, the driver is always aware of what is happening in terms of propulsion, there are a raft of gauges and displays to let you know about the hybrid operation, and if you are astute you can feel the engine cutting in and out, but if you don’t take any of that on-board, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are driving a standard petrol-engined 2.5-litre car. The latter is what makes the difference with Camry hybrid against other hybrids from the same family – Prius and Corolla – although the hybrid operation is similar, the latter with their 1.8-litre petrol engines don’t have the punch of Camry. Toyota rates the Camry with a petrol/electric combined total of 160kW and 213Nm; consequently, it feels quite lively and very torquey. • Price – Toyota Camry SX hybrid, $42,990 • Dimensions – Length, 4905mm; width, 1840mm; height, 1445mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, front-wheeldrive, 2494cc, 160kW, 213Nm, continuously variable automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 8.1sec • Fuel usage – 4.2l/100km As mentioned, the Camry hybrid is very normal to drive, of course it wants to drive in electric mode all of the time, but such are the throttle demands that doesn’t happen constantly. That’s not a negative thing, performance is strong and the Camry in this form is quick – a standstill to 100km/h time of 8.1sec is on offer, and there are many other advantages, lower emissions and respectable fuel usage figures, to name just a couple. Toyota rates the hybrid system with a 4.2-litre per 100km (67mpg) combined cycle average. At the end of four days with the test car I returned it to the dealership showing an average of 6.2l/100km (46mpg). These are good figures for a big car, and particularly for one that weighs in at over 1.5-tonne. I also drove the Camry briskly during testing time, it feels strong beneath the accelerator and has handling to match. In a corner the Camry hybrid stays flat without much body movement. It can be pushed hard into a corner and the balance stays neutral. The fully independent four-strut system provides an absorbent ride, the occupants are treated to spring and damper rates well engineered for the rough nature of Christchurch’s roads and the comfort levels we all expect from a big car. The Camry hybrid lists from $41,490, the test car was a midspec cloth-trimmed SX model at $42,990, while a sporty ZR version with leather lists at $49,490. 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