Dreams for the fu­ture

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - LANDSCAPING - PAULA HULBURT

Young peo­ple in Marl­bor­ough have as­pi­ra­tions to help pro­tect the planet and con­serve New Zealand’s nat­u­ral her­itage, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey.

Ques­tioned as part of a spe­cial na­tion­wide sur­vey, hun­dreds of chil­dren from across the re­gion wanted to have their hopes for the fu­ture heard.

More than 5000 Kiwi kids took part in the in­au­gu­ral Sir Pe­ter Blake Trust Dream Bank as part of the Trust’s an­nual Red Socks Day cel­e­bra­tions

Or­gan­is­ers say hun­dreds of young peo­ple in Marl­bor­ough aged be­tween 5 and 18 years-old an­swered the ques­tion, ‘My dream for NZ’

The En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory proved to be the most pop­u­lar, with those sur­veyed com­ment­ing on how they wanted to help stop global warm­ing, save endan­gered species and care for forests, oceans and water­ways.

More than 10,000 dreams were re­ceived, with some of the or­gan­is­ers favourite dreams com­ing from Marl­bor­ough.

Sir Pe­ter Blake Trust CEO Shel­ley Camp­bell says the sur­vey gave a de­tailed in­sight into what chil­dren wanted the fu­ture to look like.

‘‘It was re­ally heart­en­ing to see that kids to­day aren’t just think­ing about their own wants and needs but also about how they can ac­tively con­trib­ute to the hap­pi­ness and well­be­ing of those around them.

‘‘We’ve seen a strong fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­ment, with one in three young Ki­wis dream­ing of solv­ing key is­sues such as global warm­ing, the amount of plas­tic and rub­bish in our oceans and water­ways, deep sea min­ing, and the sur­vival of endan­gered species like our na­tive kiwi,’’ she says.

One sub­mis­sion by a Marl­bor­ough 12-year-old read how she wanted to be the youngest New Zealan­der to go on tour and travel the world play­ing guitar and singing. ‘‘Trav­el­ling the world do­ing what I love most; play­ing my guitar, singing and stop­ping peo­ple in their tracks with my maths equa­tions.

‘‘I also want to be the goal-shooter for the Sil­ver Ferns and in­vent a medicine to cure mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.’’

The sur­vey showed the most pop­u­lar dreams job over­all were to be a vet, teacher, singer, doc­tor, YouTu­ber and de­signer.

Pop­u­lar sport­ing dreams in­cluded be­ing a top rugby player or All Black, fol­lowed by net­baller or Sil­ver Fern.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit dream­bank.co.nz

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