Wakatipu pupils highlight girls' plight

Wakatipu High School pupils recently joined 35 schools around New Zealand to raise awareness, through a red ribbon day, of the plight of more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The idea began on social networking sites and gained support from high school pupils across the country.

Wakatipu High School organiser Hebe Hilhorst said the aim was to raise awareness about the ''atrocity'' and to make sure ''everyone knows this is not OK''.

''I was overwhelmed by the support everyone showed for these girls. It clearly resonates with all of us. These students are our age and have been abducted for daring to experience something we take for granted - an education.''

The girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok on April 14.