Ella has a message
Kerikeri teenager Ella Davis is hoping people will pay more attention to her hand-painted sign than to official warnings against rubbishing the environment.
Fourteen-year-old Ella Davis won a competition to design a sign for a litter-prone stretch of Inlet Rd, which some drivers treat as a rubbish disposal zone.
“There’s a lot of trash being thrown down this road. I don’t like it. A lot of kiwi and other native species live down here, and it’s really bad for the environment,” she said.
“It’s such a beautiful place to live. People are just disrespecting the land.”
Ella chose a morepork (ruru) for her sign because the owls were common in the area, were associated with wisdom, and were visually cute and funny.
“They also have big eyes that look at you saying ‘Don’t litter’,” she said.
The Kerikeri High School student painted the sign with help from her mum Sarah Davis.
Competition organiser Philip Jenkins, who has picked up rubbish from the second bridge on Inlet Rd to Edmonds Rd once a week for the past three years, said he originally approached primary schools around the Mid North but the entries just weren’t bold enough to grab drivers’ attention.
He then asked young people living in the Inlet Rd area, and Ell came up trumps.
He had approached the Far North District Council, suggesting the signs be installed around the district.
Meanwhile Ella plans to save her $50 prize for an upcoming trip to the UK.
Ella Davis and her sign on Inlet Rd, urging people not to litter.