Mercury Bay Sand Scuplture Competition

Date: 25th January 2020, 11:30am  
Venue: Cooks Beach 

The Informer is proud to announce that we will organise and sponsor a “sand art” competition at Cooks Beach as part of next year’s Te Pōwhiri commemorations. 

“Te Pōwhiri is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something really significant,” says Stephan Bosman, editor of The Informer. “We put a lot of thought into what we can do to contribute to the commemorations. A sand art - or sand sculpture - competition is ticking all the boxes. It’s fun, it can be themed to fit in with Tuia - Encounters 250 and it has the potential to attract many visitors to Mercury Bay that wouldn’t otherwise have spent time in the area. 

“We’re prepared to make a significant investment in the competition, both in terms of prize money across a variety of categories and to attract professional artists, not to compete, but to inspire the crowds with their brilliance. 

“Cooks Beach is, we think, the ideal venue for the competition. The Purangi River played an important part in Cook’s visit to Mercury Bay in 1769 and the low tide beach is long and wide. We’ll organise a shuttle to run between Ferry Landing and Cooks Beach.

He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future