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Drainwise school art competition

29 Jun 2020

Drainwise school art competition

Gisborne school children have added their artistic flair to stormwater drains around the city as part of the inaugural DrainWise Art Competition.

Council’s DrainWise team came up with the competition to help raise awareness around stormwater pollution. Open to primary school students, the brief was to create an art piece for drains to help educate the community that anything thrown, tipped or spilled down a stormwater drain ultimately ends up in our waterways.

There were two categories – a schools' competition and an open section.

The judging panel of Mayor Rehette Stoltz, artist Sir Derek Lardelli and DrainWise project manager Wolfgang Kanz chose a winner from each school along with some highly commended awards.

“We received so many amazing artworks. A big shout-out to St Mary’s School who submitted over 60 entries – they received additional winners and highly commended certificates to acknowledge their students’ awesome efforts,” Mr Kanz said.

“This was our pilot competition and next year we plan to make it bigger and better, with more schools involved. Thanks to everyone who made the competition a great success and helped inform our community about looking after our waterways.”

Stormwater is rainfall that travels down gutters, grates, pipes and drains. This moving water is like a magnet that attracts everything in its path, including litter, rubbish, chemicals or waste that end up in stormwater drains. This polluted water travels untreated through our stormwater network before it drains straight into our rivers and sea.

You can check out the winning art competition entries here

Here are some of the winners receiving their certificates:

Kaiti School

Wainui Beach School

Mangapapa School


Te Wharau School

St Mary's School