Wayfarer seems to auto-reject historical structures?

HexLadMatty-PGOHexLadMatty-PGO Posts: 6 ✭✭
edited January 25 in Criteria Clarifications

I'm a bit confused about some of my first submissions, as I read the criteria very carefully, spent lots of time reviewing, and was pretty confident I had selected good candidates for POIs.

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Context - This historic reservoir has been replaced by a new one under the Omaaroro Reserve nearby. The top forms part of the City to Sea walkway that both serves as a pedestrian connecter between suburbs, and is also a hiking trail across the city's extensive green belt.

Explore: Both of these sites are of major historical significance to the city. Both are on well-trafficked streets or pedestrian pathways. The old reservoir is really striking when you are on a trail through a large, forested park, and walk onto a big, mysterious concrete slab. I thought it would be pretty cool if a POI helped demystify this very weird punctuating structure that intersects the track.

Exercise: They are both sites where people exercise, particularly jogging - but also walking with dogs, and in the case of the old reservoir site, tramping (exercise).

Socialise: They are both spots where people socialise. The historic wall is down from a museum and a university, and has a grassy area above it where people sit down to eat lunch. The old reservoir often sees people sit down as well. Its jutting out cement bits serve as good seating, and it is a bit of a haunt for teenagers sometimes.

Neither obstruct emergency services, are on the grounds of schools, nor are they sensitive locations.

Are they being auto-rejected because of their appearance? Because photos struggle to convey either of these sites fully due to their size.

Any clarifications or recommendations for resubbing these? Or should I simply not resub? I think they're both really cool places that deserve to be POIs a LOT more than the various non-existent murals (painted over years ago), or non-descript trailmarkers I have as POI nearby. But I also could be missing something about the criteria.

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  • HexLadMatty-PGOHexLadMatty-PGO Posts: 6 ✭✭

    For some reason it has removed the screenshots I uploaded, so now this post makes no sense, but I have queued edits with the missing information. Apologies, not sure how this happened.

  • TurioPL-PGOTurioPL-PGO Posts: 33 ✭✭

    Is this reservoir located underground? Or maybe it doesn't look as interesting from above as if you could see it from the side? I'm not sure if I understood correctly. If the photos may not convey the curiosity of this location, it may be worth trying to find some small interesting detail of this reservoir. I don't know what it looks like exactly (I'm waiting for photos), but I will tell you that in older cities, old wells or city sewage systems sometimes have decorative covers/manholes (I mean the circular ones) with interesting inscriptions. In Poland, such reports are accepted (of course, as long as they meet other criteria, safety, etc.)

  • HexLadMatty-PGOHexLadMatty-PGO Posts: 6 ✭✭
    edited January 25

    It's quite hard to convey how interesting it is in a photo, because it looks quite generic in photos - almost like a parking lot - but it is a big surprise in the context of tramping through the park and it has great views down onto the city, and of surrounding hills too. It occurred to me to submit it when I was walking through the park on a Pogo route with two visitors from the UK and they wanted to know what it was and have a look around it.

    One of the challenges with POI in New Zealand is that we're a very, very young country, so we don't have "older cities" in the sense that Europe, Asia, or the US do. The earliest Maori arrived was 1280 but migrated around the region a lot, and the city was only formally founded and named in 1840. The wall was built in 1890. That's pretty standard for a New Zealand architectual site connected to the colonial era. Pre-european architectural sites would be even harder to turn into the POI, as often they are very unremarkable looking to the **** eye despite being incredibly important (but *most* of these are precious and probably wouldn't be suitable for POI anyway). Most of the Maori sites in Wellington are carefully preserved and held by local iwi (tribes), and not open to the general public.

  • MargariteDVille-INGMargariteDVille-ING Posts: 2,741 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both pictures look like "probably not", but the descriptions make them "definitely yes" - and I'd love to go there. Most wayspots do not inspire like that.

    Try tweaking the titles. "1890s Barracks and Prison Wall" and "Walk on Water on the C2S". Part of their charm is that what you see is NOT what you get - the unseen is what makes the current thing interesting. And the interesting thing needs to be in the title IMO.

  • HexLadMatty-PGOHexLadMatty-PGO Posts: 6 ✭✭

    Appeal on wall as follows: "The object in question does not meet the Wayfarer criteria as it is a regular brick wall which has no significance."

    It really feels like they just look at the pictures. This such a totally inaccurate, and pretty insulting description of a major historic landmark. I'm not sure what more context I could provide in a resub.

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