By Nathan Morton
Pakuranga College student
Judges found Auckland’s most promising, young fashion designers and chefs earlier last week, as schools shone at this year’s Eye on Nature competition.
Several local schools walked away with hundreds of dollars of prizes.
The Creative Arts Competition saw 54 entries from schools across the region, and Wakaaranga Primary School claimed first place for their art entry, ‘Butterfly Brunch Batch’.
“Competition was extremely difficult, many entries this year had a WOW factor and showed extreme effort,” said judges.
Mayor Phil Goff and Labour MP Louisa Wall announced the winners at Eye on Nature on Saturday night.
Howick Intermediate won merit in the ‘Wearable Arts’ competition thanks to a costume design from students Aimee Fahey and Zoe Arthur.
Their design was modelled around that of a Pohutakawa tree, done so to meet the competition’s theme: ‘Edibles – from the ground to the table’.
Botany Downs Secondary College also fared well claiming second place and merit with their concept designs involving the same theme.
The contest was organised to showcase students’ creativity and interpretation, and saw 60 entries from schools eager to demonstrate their costume designing skills.
High school students were given the chance to win prizes for their school. A cooking competition was put on for students to show off their master chef abilities, with Botany Downs Secondary College winning the first place and Saint Kentigern College taking second place.
The Eye on Nature competition was hosted by the Manukau Beatification Charitable Trust and several local boards, to promote environmental awareness, and encourage innovative thinking for students across the Auckland region.