Friday, April 2, 2010

Public action yields results

Surely an inspiration for young Waiheke Islanders to get active too:
A University of Portsmouth business student collected a national award at the Houses of Parliament after his successful campaign to slash the prices of Isle of Wight ferry fares for teenagers.
Third-year student Paul Magee received a Seen and Heard award for his work on the Isle of Wight Youth Council.
The awards recognise and reward the achievements of young people who have made a real difference to their own lives and the lives of others.
When Paul realised that youngsters on the Isle of Wight were spending the majority of their pocket money on ferry fares he decided to take action.
He contacted the two main ferry companies, Wight Link and Red Funnel, to fight for concessions for teenagers.
Portsmouth News

But how high would you rate our chances to get a similar result here? Tertiary and other school students get a discount, but only during term time, not the holidays. The current system is really not comprehensive enough.
Surely the $2 million Government gold card loot could be spread a bit more equally among all ferry passengers?

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