Stealth march

datePosted on 10:50, June 19th, 2009 by Lew

A few thousand primary school kids, dressed mostly in high-visibility gear and carrying (or wearing) makeshift traffic cones, lollipop signs and banners, have just marched through Wellington CBD escorted by police motorcyclists, ambulances and led by a highland band (bagpipes and all).

I work in a media office. Most of us spend hours every day scouring the news as it comes in – on paper, over the airwaves and on the interwebs – as a matter of our daily work. Not one of us had the faintest inkling what the march beneath our window was about, who had organised it or what end it aimed to achieve. We guess from the (excellent) adornments worn by the wee nippers and their guardians that it’s to do with proposed speed limit reductions around schools. But that’s just a guess.

Whoever organised this has achieved a remarkable feat: coordinating thousands – ok, maybe it was hundreds – of kids (which is like herding cats), gaining approval from their parents, the police, the City Council and signing up a marching band, without anyone in our esteemed media establishment hearing a word about it. That person should probably be put in charge of corporate communications for a big company or government department with a lot of bad news – one of the power companies, perhaps, or a trading bank.

Incidentally, if school speed limits is the cause being protested, then I fully support it. There’s a school near where I live which is at the bottom of a 70k/h hill, and the thought of sending their precious dear things down that road each day must give local parents conniptions. I have it on good authority that the local AOS sergeant, who has a kid at the school, spends his off hours parked up there issuing tickets in addition to his ordinary policing workload. Not ideal.

L

3 Responses to “Stealth march”

  1. Chris on June 19th, 2009 at 16:12

    These little kiddies should be marching down oh, Dominion Rd, Sandringham Rd, Ponsonby Rd, actually all arterial roads in Auckland.

    IF you find out who organised it, get them to organise rolling marches around Auckland… Auckland drivers are simply appalling in their arrogance (and I’m one but I try very very hard to ditch this ‘tude).

  2. QoT on June 19th, 2009 at 21:43

    Given the rather blase attitude displayed by those with primary-aged kids in my office, accompanied by exclamations of “Oh, is it Orange Day today?” I think a more likely explanation is that it was a coordinated “teach kids basic road safety” thing.

  3. Anita on June 20th, 2009 at 17:03

    It looks like WCC has stopped issuing press releases for Orange Day (there were releases in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Tho voxy had what looks like a Police release.

    Fortunately Topcat02’s got photos up on Flickr, and the DomPost’s single photo is here.

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