Box dog a cool ad­di­tion

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No home is com­plete with­out a pet dog, even a house made of card­board, Sa­muel Mars­den stu­dents de­cided last week.

The Whitby school’s year 9 tech­nol­ogy class spent a fort­night build­ing a house from card­board boxes for a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to high­light New Zealand’s poor home in­su­la­tion stan­dards.

Schools en­tered via a video pre­sen­ta­tion and will be judged on their houses’ style and sta­bil­ity.

The win­ning school will re­ceive full in­su­la­tion from the child poverty groups be­hind the con­test.

The Mars­den team built their house with any boxes they could grab, from shoe­boxes to ce­real boxes, and could only use mask­ing tape to hold their house to­gether.

It mea­sures three by two me­tres and has a door­way, pitched roof and win­dow.

The class wanted to make the house a home, how­ever, and added cosy touches such as a blan­ket for car­pet, a card­board ‘‘Sky TV’’ screen, a card­board toaster and a card­board dog called Cookie.

‘‘We made it like it’s a home,’’ said 13-year-old Jack Hesp.

House proud: Sa­muel Mars­den tech­nol­ogy stu­dents Ka­jal Modi, 14, Bronte John­ston, 13, and Jack Hesp, 13, with card­board dog Cookie, in the card­board house pupils built last week to high­light New Zealand’s poor in­su­la­tion stan­dards.

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