Trio wins world poster contest

21:07, Feb 11 2013
alistair sowman
International recognition: Environment Poster competition winners, from left, Ethan Kahui, 10, Savannah Kamira, 11, and Sean Goodall-Cromerty, 9, show off their award-winning posters while receiving their winners’ certificates from Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman.

A reminder to look after our environment has helped three Marlborough primary school pupils win an international poster-making competition.

The pupils were among 105 children from primary schools from Italy, China and Japan who entered the annual Tendo Sister City Children's Environmental Poster Competition last year.

Former Mayfield School pupils Savannah Kamira, 11, and Ethan Kahui, 10, and Renwick School pupil Sean Goodall-Cromerty, 9, were presented their winners' certificates and a framed copy of their posters by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman last week.

Last year was the fourth year of the competition in which pupils from the cities of Marostica in Italy, Wafangdian in China, Tendo in Japan, and Marlborough in New Zealand design posters with an environmental theme.

Two pupils from Renwick School entered posters, along with 21 pupils from Mayfield School, in Blenheim, who entered the competition as part of a class project on waterways and the environment.

Sean said his poster showed an earthquake hitting a town with the words "global warming" written above reminding people about caring for the environment. Winning was cool as he had not expected to win anything, he said.

Savannah said the posters by the Mayfield students were inspired by a visit to Onamalutu.

"We were looking at the river; we looked at water creatures and at some bugs we'd never seen before. Then we found the pollution and we learned people [are] putting rubbish down the drains and it goes out to the streams and fish can eat it and die. They could be native fish and we didn't like that so we did the posters to tell people to stop putting rubbish down the drains."


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