Thirty-three entries have been received for the Te Akatauira recycled jewelry competition and judging will begin this week.
“The overall standard is very good,” says competition organiser, Paka Worthington.
Co-organiser, Jacqui Evans says the entrants have been very resourceful in their use of waste materials.
“It was really pleasing to see that the kids have used a lot of waste materials to make their jewelry such as soft drink cans and old electrical wire,” says Evans.
“I think the message has got through that waste can be a resource,” she adds.
First prize in each section of the competition is $400 half of which goes to the student and half to their school.
Worthington says prize-winners will be announced early in the next school term at a prize-giving night at Café Salsa.
“We want it to be a night for the kids, so we’re giving out pizza for the prize-winners,” says Worthington.
Prize-winners will model their jewelry on the night.
Judges have been selected from the art, culture, environment and business communities.
The competition was organised by Te Ipukarea Society Inc., Paka's Pearls and Koutu Nui with support from the Ministry of Education and the Global Green Grants Fund.