Otago Daily Times

School wins cam­era gear and cash

- EMMA PERRY emma.perry@odt.co.nz Sculpture · Visual Arts · Arts · New Zealand · Otago · South Island · Dunedin · Oceania

BROAD Bay School re­ceived a spe­cial visit yes­ter­day.

Canon New Zealand came to the school to gift it $5000 of cam­era equip­ment and cash for win­ning the com­pany’s Ocea­nia Grants com­mu­nity award.

Prin­ci­pal Greg MacLeod said the school was very grate­ful to have won the award and sub­se­quent prizes.

The money and equip­ment would con­trib­ute to its goal of con­struct­ing a three­d­i­men­sional model or sculp­ture of Broad Bay and Otago Har­bour that would con­nect to the recorded oral his­to­ries of lo­cal peo­ple through QR codes, Mr MacLeod said.

‘‘This re­ally so­lid­i­fies the project . . . we’re one step closer.’’

The school sub­mit­ted an en­try for the grants out­lin­ing the idea ear­lier this year, and was named as the win­ner in the com­mu­nity grants cat­e­gory.

The school was one of only three fi­nal­ists na­tion­ally and the only fi­nal­ist in the South Is­land.

One of the school’s past pupils, 94­year­old Anita Wates, who at­tended Broad Bay School in the 1930s, was pre­sent yes­ter­day as the prize was handed over.

Mr MacLeod said the project would bring her sto­ries from the school and oth­ers to life.

It was hoped a lo­cal Maori artist or sculp­tor would be in­volved next year to de­sign and be­gin cre­at­ing the struc­ture.

Next year, the school would ap­ply for com­mu­nity grants from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Dunedin City Coun­cil and Cre­ative New Zealand, to make the fi­nal project a re­al­ity in 2022.

 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? New gear . . . Ex­cited to re­ceive a $5000 prize af­ter win­ning the Canon Ocean Grants com­mu­nity award are (from left) Broad Bay School pupils Anika Big­gin (10) and Asher Armstrong (11), with Canon New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Con­ner.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON New gear . . . Ex­cited to re­ceive a $5000 prize af­ter win­ning the Canon Ocean Grants com­mu­nity award are (from left) Broad Bay School pupils Anika Big­gin (10) and Asher Armstrong (11), with Canon New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Con­ner.

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