Young student’s bid to save wharf
March 28, 2017
A school speech competition lead one Hataitai School student on a campaign to save his local jetty, successfully delaying its destruction.
Alex Randall, 11, obtained over 60 signatures for his online petition to save the Evans Bay Patent Slip wharf before presenting it to Wellington City Council.
Alex has loved fishing since catching his first fish off the wharf. “It’s probably my favourite thing in the world – apart from my family.”
Alex was disappointed to see the jetty being neglected by the council. He researched the wharf as part of his upcoming school speech competition and discovered the jetty desperately needed repair before it fell apart entirely.
“It had been closed for years and nothing had been done about it. I really wanted it to get restored.”
Alex raised awareness through an online petition, which was supported by fellow pupils and others on social network sites Facebook and Neighbourly.
Having obtained 62 signatures, Alex was invited to speak at a meeting with council members. “I could definitely do this,” Alex said.
He presented the petition to councillors at a city strategy committee meeting. Though a bit nervous, Alex was proud of his presentation.
The committee agreed to assess the status and use of surrounding wharves first before making an informed decision on the Patent Slip wharf.
“I’m happy with that,” Alex said. One petition was enough for now, but Alex would consider another campaign if he saw other threatened locations that were fit for fishing.
“I’m addicted to fishing and our marine environment, “he said.