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An Oamaru North Class has tried its hand at saving the aviary in the Oamaru Public Gardens by sending letters to Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher.

Room 2 read a story in the Oamaru Mail last month about the possibility of the bird aviaries at the Oamaru Public Gardens being closed down and thought they would outline their views in letters to the mayor.

Oamaru North teacher Erin Cassidy said the idea to write to the mayor had stemmed from the children’s love of reading the newspaper.

“They love reading the newspaper and we were reading that story and some of the children said it would be really sad if they closed the bird aviaries so we decided from there to write the letters.

“They all wrote their thoughts and views on what should happen to the aviaries, then we sent them to Mr Kircher.”

Brooke Warden, 8, said she didn’t want to see the aviaries go.

“Why should they take them away? Dunedin has some, so Oamaru should too,” she said.

Brooke also said it would be bad for the town if the aviaries were removed.

“There are always lots of tourists going around and the tourists always go to the gardens and visit the aviary.”

The class said people would miss the birds because they are colourful and soft, but also because Jimmy the parrot talks to them.

Mayor Gary Kircher will visit the school at 10am tomorrow to discuss their letters.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

LETTER TIME: Oamaru North pupils have written to Waitaki mayor Gary KIrcher expressing their concern about the future of the aviary in the Oamaru Public Gardens. Pictured with their draft letters are, from left, Alex Clarke, 8, Stoney Baird, 9, Leah Rowsell, 9, and Sione Kula, 9.