Hopes high for Waipu tartan wear

By Hannah Norton

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Organisers expect Waipu's own tartan to feature in this year's Art N Tartan wearable art awards.

The Waipu tartan, designed in 2003 by a group of locals, was registered as Tartan Waipu #6510 on February 4, 2005 with the Scottish Tartans Authority.

It features the colours blue, red, green, purple, yellow and white - each colour representing aspects of Waipu and families who have lived there.

The Waipu Museum Art N Tartan wearable art awards must feature designs that comprise at least 30 per cent tartan, to reflect Waipu's Scottish heritage.

The tartan can be used in any form or medium.

Entries close on Friday, May 2, with the Waipu Museum Art N Tartan show on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28.

Entrants should note that the preliminary judging day, which was on May 31, has now changed to Monday, June 2 (Queen's Birthday Weekend).

This also pushes ahead ticket sales - sales to locals (walk-in museum only) will now be released a day later, on June 3.

Ticket sales to the general public will also be a day later, on June 4.

The prize money has increased with a cash prize pool of $6500 - the supreme award winner taking home $2000.

Waipu Museum manager Patsy Montgomery said the museum is seeking models who are willing to don these creations for the stage.

"If anyone's interested in being a model please contact Waipu Museum. People don't have to be the modelling type."

Models just need to be available for pre-judging, rehearsals and the three final performances, she said.

For more information visit www.waipumuseum.com, phone Waipu Museum 09 432 0746 or email artntartan@gmail.com.

- Northern Advocate

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