Hamilton student's $5 design one of the best in NZ

00:42, May 23 2013
 Parsa Soltanizand
DESIGNER CASH: Crawshaw School student Parsa Soltanizand was one of seven finalists in a nationwide design competition for Heads Up for Kids to design a new $5 note.

Crawshaw School student Parsa Soltanizand wasn't expecting to hear that his re-design of the $5 note was among the top seven in the country.

"He told me that he thought other people's were better than his, " Parsa's mum Maryam Vadati said.

Parsa, who turns 8 on Saturday, described the different symbols on his $5 note.

"Both birds are from New Zealand, " he said, pointing to the kiwi and pukeko. "The maraes are for the Maori and the Sky Tower is for Auckland."

The Design a New Five Dollar Note competition was a nationwide contest by the Lions Clubs' project Heads Up for Kids.

The project, which collects old New Zealand coins and banknotes and all foreign exchange for the benefit of Kiwi kids ran the competition open to primary schools across the country as part of the Heads Up for Kids National Awareness Week. More than 120 designs were submitted and Parsa's was chosen as one of the top seven by Reserve Bank of New Zealand head of currency, property and security Brian Hayr and Wellington Lion Roy Peterson. Mr Hayr said it was a tough decision but he particularly liked Parsa's use of Kiwi icons.

"It would all be a very difficult note to counterfeit too, " Mr Hayr joked.

Parsa won $400 of Resene paint vouchers for his school, which was presented to him last Friday by Hamilton St Andrew Lions president Bill Crook.

Principal Jill Littlewood said the money would go toward painting student-designed murals on two power boxes.

And as a "well done" to Parsa, the school gave him a book, which he chose.

Meanwhile, the Crawshaw School Gala is on tomorrow from 3.30pm till 6pm. More information: 849 1565.