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Sofia d'Aubert-Phillips of Methven and Leo Fosita of Christchurch have jointly won the design-a-badge competition run by the Department of Conservation and the Kiwi Ranger programme.

Date:  13 February 2012

Kiwi Ranger badge by Sofia d'Aubert-Phillips. 
Badge by Sofia d'Aubert-Phillips

Kiwi Ranger badge by Leo Fosita. 
Badge by Leo Fosita

Sofia d'Aubert-Phillips of Methven and Leo Fosita of Christchurch have jointly won the design-a-badge competition run by the Department of Conservation and the Kiwi Ranger programme.

They both entered badges featuring places close to home and the judge was so enamoured with both designs that she decided to award both a prize.

“Sofia’s design featuring Methven/Mt Hutt was accompanied by a small note that explained each element, its meaning and reason for being included,” said judge and graphic designer Sandra Parkkali.

“It was very well thought out and almost like a mihi – a personal statement of who she is and where she comes from,” she said.

“While Leo’s design blew us away with the combinations of colours and the wonderful way he portrayed the dunes of New Brighton Beach, complete with driftwood and sedges.”

Both winners will receive a prize pack of books and DOC brochures.

Entries came from South Island-wide, from children aged 6 to 11, and featured their special places.

“I just have to mention Daniel of Leeston’s entry. He made up a place, named it after himself with a coat of arms representing all his loves! It was a unique and imaginative entry!” says Ms Parkkali.

Kiwi Ranger is a fun, interactive programme for kids of all ages – from 3 to 103 – developed by Mick Abbott and Carli Richter of Shades of Green.

Currently at seven locations around the South Island, each Kiwi Ranger place has its own booklet full of fun activities and walks to do. Complete the activities to earn a badge – unique to each location – and the title of Kiwi Ranger.

The ‘design a badge’ competition asked children to design a badge for their favourite place and where they would like to see Kiwi Ranger go next.

Contact

Sarah Mankelow, Conservation Awareness Officer

Ph: +64 027 668 2508

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