Pupils campaign on rental housing

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2012
box
STACY SQUIRES
Henry Trott (13) tests his house. St Andrews College students will judge an array of cardboard houses they have built to draw attention to cold rental housing in New Zealand.

Relevant offers

Schools

Girls' High loses bid to delay cycle path School plans microchip bracelets Two short-listed for $200m school jobs Religious teaching review ruled out Otago children top 'tables' Free te reo Maori lessons popular Far North lags in national standards Schools choose 'opt in' for religious instruction 'Kitchen work' for no-bible student Group calls for action on poverty

Christchurch pupils have transformed cardboard boxes into homes in an attempt to draw attention to New Zealand's cold rental properties.

Year 9 pupils at St Andrew's College showed off an array of cardboard homes yesterday as part of a nationwide competition to raise awareness about the poor quality of the country's rental stock.

Emma Williams, Alice Gualter and Georgie Smith were among those to use the latest technologies in their cardboard constructions.

The group's design included tinfoil solar panels, triple-glazed windows and underfloor heating, as well as an outdoor fountain and swimming pool.

Fin Currie and Henry Trott took a minimalistic approach, transforming a large cardboard box into a cosy one-man home.

Currie said the pair had done some DIY earthquake testing, placing two school desks and one pupil on top of the box to ensure it didn't collapse.

"We weren't going for anything special, we thought we'd keep it basic but keep it strong, because we all know what Christchurch is like now."

The competition was run by the social justice unit of Christchurch's Anglican Diocese, the Child Poverty Action Group and Unicef.

Anglican Diocese representative Tessa Lang said the organisations wanted young people to think about the importance of warm and safe homes and the difficult state of the rental market.

Lang said the groups had been "overwhelmed" by the response from across the country.

"There's a lot of engagement with the issue: it's not just a fun activity, but pupils are grappling with the issues themselves," she said.

The photos of the cardboard homes would be part of a petition sent to Housing Minister Phil Heatley asking the Government to take action on cold rental housing.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should schools be using dogs to detect drugs?

Yes, it's the best way to get rid of drugs

Only in rare situations

No, they are scary and overly intrusive

Vote Result

Related story: Demand rises for drug dogs at schools

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content