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KiNZ Mission Heights wins gold

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KiNZ Mission Heights won the primary category with their artwork He Māra Kai. Photo supplied.

An east Auckland school has won gold in an annual eco-friendly creative competition.

The Eye on Nature Creative Arts 2022 competition, hosted by the Beautification Trust, invites kindergarten and primary school students to create original artwork using sustainable materials and re-purposed waste.

The participants were lauded for their eco-friendly art at a prizegiving on Saturday, winning $2500 in cash prizes and art supply vouches for their schools.

KiNZ Mission Heights students took first place (and a $500 prize) in the kindergarten category with their artwork, ‘He Māra Kai (The Food Garden)’.

Made from natural and compostable materials, the artwork showcases the symbiotic relationships between plants, animals, fungi and humans.

Sterling Ruwhiu, community educator from the Beautification Trust on the left; and Auckland Councillor for the Manurewa-Papakura Ward, Angela Dalton with the first place prize for the kindergarten category. Photo supplied.

Four students from Hingaia Peninsula School grabbed first place ($750 prize) for the primary school category.

“It’s all about teaching tamariki to love the environment and live more sustainably in a fun and creative way,” says Beautification Trust community manager, Dawn Crispe.

All the entries will be on display at a free exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens during the October school holidays where the public can vote on their favourites for the People’s Choice Award.

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