Pupils envision future of tourism
High-rise buildings linked to vineyards by solar-powered bullet trains is the futuristic view of the region held by some Marlborough school pupils.
Pupils at Bohally Intermediate School and seven other Marlborough schools are putting their heads together to paint a mural depicting tourism through the eyes of the next generation.
The pupils' murals will be hung on the underpass linking the Vines Village and Marlborough Vintners Hotel in Rapaura Rd.
Marlborough Vintners Hotel general manager Tracy Purcell organised the project, with the aim of sprucing up the tunnel and creating a talking point for visitors.
Yesterday, Ms Purcell and director Graeme Lindsay delivered the materials to the eight schools taking part in the project: Marlborough Girls' College, Bohally Intermediate, and Renwick, Tua Marina, Springlands, Riverlands and St Joseph Primary schools.
Bohally Intermediate year 7 pupil Hunter Cooper said all the pupils involved came up with their own concepts, and the next challenge would be collating all their ideas.
"There will be a lot more people in the future, and it will be a lot more fun.
"There will be solar-powered trains to go round and look at the wineries, the malls and big sanctuaries to protect animals like kiwis and tuatara."
The pupils will work on the mural during their lunchtime.
Their work will be officially unveiled on September 28, when the Marlborough Vintners Hotel board will announce the top three murals.
Nominations for a people's choice award will be taken in the month following the opening.
- The Marlborough Express