Home' Auckland City Harbour News : March 1st 2013 Contents Pint-sized protesters: Westmere School students Nick, Henry, Maddy, Emily and Sam put pen to paper to take their
concerns about Cox's Bay Reserve to Auckland Council.
Photos: JESS LEE
Doggy doo: Oscar Baker says bins designated for dog poo are needed at the
Students at Westmere School are hoping to
improve the state of play at Cox's Bay
Reserve by taking their concerns to
Auckland Council. Troubled by rubbish,
pollution and speeding motorists the
children also spoke to Waitemata Local
Board member Jesse Chalmers about
If you don't stop now there
will be less air. You could even
be making people with asthma
ill. It also takes away birds
habitats because most birds
live in the trees you're
You need to fix the flushers in
the boys toilets because they are
too hard to flush. Many kids
can't flush them and it's hard for
me -- and I'm eight and a half.
HARD TO FLUSH
Plea for the trees
Please reconsider your rule about
cutting down trees!
I am writing to you to ask if you
could please reconsider the change
in rulings of tree removal.
Especially native trees.
If you don t stop now there will
be less air.
You could even be making
people with asthma ill. It also
takes away birds habitats because
most birds live in the trees you re
It also kills birds that feed on
the fruits from the
However, it was
a big shock to all of
us in the
the man was
allowed to cut
down the very
much liked trees
on Flauder Ave all
the kids on the
street loved to
So then that s
another reason to
change the rules
about cutting down trees.Children
love to play on the trees because
it s like a jungle gym.
It builds good flexibility for kids.
That way they are a lot safer
playing on the adventure
playground at school, are stronger
for gymnastics and when they
I hope this letter has made you
think about how important trees
are to us and reconsider the law
changes that were made on what
trees you can cut down and not!
More grass please!
I m writing to ask if you could put
some more grass on the pitch at
Cox s Bay reserve.
I think the pitch needs more
grass. When people stand on sand
with sprigs they put the sand
If there is too much sand and no
grass when the birds poo, there
there is not
comes to the
doesn t look
It also isn t good for the grass.
When I skid over it I get grazes.
I get grazes from sliding over on
Many people use the reserve.
Lots of families use it to have
Lots of clubs use it for sports
teams to play on it.
And if you don t put more grass
on the sports pitch, teams may
move away to other areas and that
would be bad for my family and
friends because we live near by
and it is great to play near where
And that is why I want you to
plant more grass on the pitches at
Cox s Bay reserve. Isaac Wong
A bump for bumps
I am writing to you because I
would like there to be more speed
bumps on roads that people go too
My point is that people are
going too fast down streets that
should have speed bumps.
There are two streets (especially
Faulder Ave and Warnock St) that
need at least two speed bumps on
I also think there should be
some more school zone signs to
make people more aware of the
number of children walking to and
from school. There should also be
a speed limit for the busy roads
near the school.
There could also be a zebra
crossing somewhere on the way to
school to make it easier for us
walking each day.
We are trying to walk each day
to school but parents feel it is not
safe enough for us on our own and
have to walk with us that means
they sometimes drive us which we
really don t want.
Could you try a speed camera,
because some teenagers go WAY
too fast at night.
I hope you take my ideas into
I am looking
forward to hearing
You need to fix the
flushers in the boys
toilets because they are too hard
Many kids can t flush them and
it s hard for me to flush and I m
eight and a half.
Some people can t even push the
The flushers are broken that s
why they are hard to flush for kids
like me and my age.
So can you please fix the
flushers for me? Can you please
make it metal on the outside of it?
You have lots of options like
make it plastic.
You need to fix the thin lids, no
offence but they are thin.
Because they are thin and it
could break. You would not like it.
You should make the toilet lids
easier to open.
Little kids find them difficult to
they are so
If you went in there now you
would decide they need cleaning
often also. Many people are using
Cox s Bay for sports, running and
walking their dog and they use the
Sports take a long time and
afterwards they need to go toilet.
You need to fix the leaks from
the urinal it is leaking all over the
place. That s why you need to fix
the toilets at Cox s Bay. Jago Birley
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