Emma’s art to protect the sea

Emma Christie with her poster titled ‘Fish will die if we don’t try’ at Fergusson Park. Photo: John Borren.

Little Tauranga artist Emma Christie’s poster greets people at Fergusson Park’s entrance to spread an anti-pollution message.

The 10-year-old Matua Primary school student won a recent Stormwater Poster Competition, which was set up by Tauranga City Council’s Waterline Programme – an education advice service.

Out of the top 10 finalists of Matua school students, Emma’s artwork has been chosen to remind the community that stormwater drains are only for rain.

“We had to design a poster to stop people from putting rubbish, and oil and stuff that can pollute the earth into drains,” says Emma.

Her poster was installed late-July on two signs at the park. “Her lovely poster reminds us that ‘Fish will die if we don’t try’, referring to not putting pollutants down our stormwater system,” says Waterline educator Sarahann du Plooy.

As a kid that loves animals and art, Emma’s parents were proud that she could win a competition that involves two of her favourite things. “Thank you to the school and Waterline because it’s just a real boost to her confidence,” says Emma’s mum Melissa.

“All the entries were amazing, and we’d like to thank everyone who submitted art and voted. The tamariki really did an amazing job!” says Sarahaan.

When Fergusson Park-goers see her poster, Emma wants people to think twice. “Don’t throw rubbish in the drain…I just hope people listen.”

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