Students’ ideas welcomed
Mt Roskill’s young people have the opportunity to make the neighbourhood their own with a competition launched by the Mt Roskill Community Board.
The board is inviting primary, intermediate and secondary school students to come up with ideas to improve the area for young people and, depending on how suitable they are, the winning entries will be funded by the board.
Chairman Richard Barter says the concept was inspired by a speaker from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation which ran a programme to make cities more friendly for children and young people.
“We want things here that were thought up by the kids and that they had a big part in so they can look at them and think, ‘We did that. This is our place’,” says Mr Barter.
The competition was recently launched at Hay Park School, where the students have no shortage of things they would like to see improved in Mt Roskill.
Molly Green Reserve is a favourite subject, with students proposing picnic tables, separate playgrounds for older and younger children, built-in barbecues and less bushed area to provide a greater sense of safety.
A hillside slide, flying fox and fitness trail are also on the wish list.
Principal Margaret Aikman says students have been working on themes of community, belonging and conservation this year so the competition fits in perfectly.
“The group we’ve been working with are passionate about Molly Green. They live around there and are ashamed of how it looks and would like to see it beautified.”
Prizes for the winning entries will include books for the schools’ libraries.
Entries must be submitted by noon on October 19 and there will be a prize-giving night on November 2.
The proposals must fall within the board’s small local improvements funding criteria.
For more information, contact Mr Barter at richard.barter. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brainstorming: Hay Park School pupils, from left: Christina Junior, Laulea Latu and Aly Moaga share their plans for the neighbourhood with principal Margaret Aikman and board chairman Richard Barter.