Dargaville & Districts
You could be forgiven for thinking that winning a competition featuring the artists Donatello, Leonardo, Rafael and Michelangelo might include at least some time at a famous art gallery.
But for Lydia Wood, 12, of Tokatoka, winning an Australasian competition featuring the famous four means a fun filled few days away in Sydney with her mother and sister - with not an art gallery to be seen.
That's because this bunch are actually four anthropomorphic turtles named after the Renaissance artists.
Known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the heroes in a halfshell reached cult status in the late 80s early 90s, spawning a range of action characters, a TV series, and all sorts of associated turtle merchandise.
In 2003, a new generation of kids was introduced to turtle power and this month an all new series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was launched on Nickelodeon TV.
Lydia had to choose her favourite ninja turtle for the competition and chose Donatello, depicted as the most intelligent of the four turtles, because he's the brains of the group.
"And also purple is my favourite colour," she says, referring to the purple headband he wears.
She is excited about her big trip across the Tasman - her prize a fully themed Ninja Turtles weekend including flights, accommodation, a master class with a professional ninjutsu sensei, laser tag game, pizza party, treasure hunt and more.
She was one of five chosen to go to the Ultimate Ninja Turtles Camp, the only New Zealand winner in the Australasian competition.
Little sister Sophie took the phone call to tell her she'd won the competition and at first Lydia didn't believe her.
"I only half believed her and then thought ‘holy moly'. Then I got butterflies in my stomach."
Lydia, Sophie and her mum Catherine will fly to Sydney in January.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is on Nickelodeon every Monday at 4.30pm.
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