Stu­dents’ ideas wel­comed

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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. mtroskill@auck­land­c­ity.govt.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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