Paihia sandcastle competition

Paihia’s Summer Festival wrapped up on Sunday with a sandcastle competition marking the end of eight days of free kids’ activities ranging from a beach treasure hunt to pavement drawing and a pirate day. Children and teens aged 2 to 16 took part in this year’s activities from Melbourne, Tauranga, Auckland, Whangarei and the Bay of Islands. Some families timed their holidays to coincide with the festival. Twenty-five teams entered this year’s sandcastle competition. The winning entry, Maui and a fish hook, was made by Rico Churches of Kawakawa and Brayden Deeming from Whangarei. Other standout sand sculptures included a great white shark, a fantail, a dolphin boat and a spa complex. Photos by Peter de Graaf.