A dog-friendly idea wins prize


Aden Fisher’s mum was try­ing to de­cide where to walk the dog when Aden had an idea.

The 15-year-old and her school­mate, Olivia Mil­som, had been brain­storm­ing ideas for their com­pul­sory school com­mu­nity project and de­cided to help oth­ers hav­ing a sim­i­lar dilemma, by cre­at­ing a web­site com­pil­ing dog-friendly walks.

‘‘As soon as we came up with the idea, we got in touch with a web de­sign pro­gram­mer,’’ Aden says.

The Kristin School project took six months, but Aden says the pair kept work­ing on it to per­fect the site.

The site cur­rently lists nine dogfriendly walks from Omaha to Nar­row Neck and in­cludes dog-friendly cafes.

Olivia says they hope to con­tinue to grow the site.

‘‘We added our nine ba­sic walks for the Kristin project. Now we’re adding oth­ers and that’s go­ing to in­volve sur­vey­ing,’’ the 15-year-old from Auck­land says.

‘‘We’re try­ing to add a fo­rum, so peo­ple can add their own walks. So, it will keep go­ing even when we’re not run­ning it.’’

The pair’s project saw them win their age cat­e­gory at the Com­mu­nity Prob­lem Solv­ing divi­sion of Fu­ture

‘‘We're try­ing to add a fo­rum, so peo­ple can add their own walks. So, it will keep go­ing even when we're not run­ning it.’’

Prob­lem Solv­ing New Zealand.

They’ll now take their project to the In­ter­na­tional Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Wis­con­sin in June.

Be­fore then, the pair hopes to de­velop an app, with the help of a for­mer Kristin School stu­dent, and con­tinue to build the web­site.

‘‘It doesn’t have to be done in time for fu­ture prob­lem-solv­ing. It’s not done and dusted,’’ Aden says.

‘‘We re­ally want to em­pha­sise the fact we want our web­site to keep go­ing even when we’re not work­ing on it.’’

One of the walks sug­gested by the web­site is along Taka­puna Beach and the pair thinks the re­cent con­tro­versy around whether dogs should be al­lowed there is a shame.

‘‘I prac­ti­cally live on the beach and walk there ev­ery day, so I’m very against it,’’ Aden says.

‘‘It’s a wasted op­por­tu­nity.’’

Visit my­dogjour­ney.nz to view or sug­gest dog-friendly walks.


Kristin School stu­dents Aden Fisher, left, and Olivia Mil­som, both 15, with golden re­triever Mag­gie.

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