The finalists in the Hairy Maclary look-a-like competition have been named.
The search was on for several weeks for four-legged look alikes of the wily but lovable Hairy Maclary and his famous gang of canine friends.
There were six entry categories for dog lovers: Hairy Maclary (from Donaldson's Dairy), Hercules Morse (as big as a horse), Muffin McLay (like a bundle of hay), Bottomley Potts (all covered in spots), Bitzer Maloney (all skinny and boney) and Schnitzel von Krumm (with a very low tum).
"The contest is a wonderful way to engage the whole community with the Hairy Maclary and Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture Project, to raise public awareness and encourage fundraising support for this national treasure," said Creative Tauranga CEO, Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell.
"Because of the huge response for the Hairy Maclary category (over 35 entries and nearly 1,000 votes) eight dogs are going through to the final judging event to be held on 2 December", said Philippa Buckley from Creative Tauranga.
The Great Hairy Maclary Look Alike Contest 'Dog's Breakfast' Final Judging Event:
Where: Tauranga Vets, 424 Cameron Road
When: Sunday 2 December
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Final judging and prize giving from 1130am
Hairy Maclary story reading from midday
The event is free to public - come along and meet Hairy Maclary and his four-legged friends, sausage sizzle, fun activities and giveaways (for kids and pets!), Hairy Maclary book readings from midday.
Dame Lynley Dodd will be a guest judge on the expert judging panel.
Molly Maxine Collins
Zac Emma Kapua
Argie Shontaye Lowry
Gizmo Gay Read-Smith
Harry Lynn McKay
Mistie Keith & Kath Gorringe
Alfie Felicity McGrath
Griffin Anne-Marie McIlwraith
Lucky Jack Russell
Jazz Delwyn Weatherly
Schnitzel Von Krum
Toby Shirley Mundt
Taege Michelle Reithmuth
Jake Steve Carr
Kassi Steve Carr
Neva Grant Mitchell
Tosca Hazel Dickinson
Guss Luke Price
Lazarus Lloyd Woodroofe
Flick Sian Manning
Blue Dawn Ingall - Scarface Claw
Slinky Malinky Jack Jansen - Slinky Malinki
Latte Peter Shaphard - Mushroom Magee