Tonnes of snow provide storm of free fun

23:26, Aug 22 2012
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SNOW FIGHT: Children play in the snow at Browns Bay Village Green during the community event Ice Age.

Youngsters had their first taste of alpine fun in Browns Bay centre building snowmen and making snow angels at a free event.

LifeChangers Church was behind Ice Age on August 12 during which 16 tonnes of snow was trucked in to the Browns Bay Village Green.

Organiser Kevin Smit says it has become an annual event to encourage families to get outdoors during the cold winter months.

"It was great to see the kids touching it and playing with it. It didn't take them long to start a snow fight."

He says the aim is also to encourage economic development in the area.

"Being a Browns Bay church we want to get families down here and involved in the community."

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Around 500 people attended, some from as far as Clevedon and Manukau, with 48 teams taking part in a snowman building competition.

The teams gave their snowmen unique characters, including a hawaiian, a commando, an Olympic athlete, a pirate, a cat in the hat and a policeman.

The winner won two nights accommodation for four at the Quay West Hotel and a family pass from Explore NZ.

World renowned ice sculptor Victor Cagayat created the centrepiece of the event, an eagle carved from ice.

North Shore Times