Get lost in the maize maze

16:00, Jan 29 2013
Maize maze
AMAZE-ING FUN: Kids will have the chance to get lost in the third Lions Maize Maze. Ben and Tania Nilsson, rear, and Daniel and Sophie Grbia enjoy last year’s maze.

Visualising the outline of the Lions club emblem will hopefully guide adventurers through the third Lions club maize maze, which opens this weekend.

More than 800 people trekked through the densely planted maize last summer, which had the shape of a kauri tree cut out of it.

Lions club president and maze co-ordinator John Tomlinson hopes to get up in a plane and have a look at this year's design before the season opens on Saturday. "It could end up looking like a turkey," he says.

The emblem features the lion's head and eye and was cut into shape by volunteers when the maize was a few centimetres high.

Last year, community groups such as the Northern Wairoa Women's Lions, Scouts, Circus Kumarani and the cricket club, took charge of the maze in the weekends, with all funds raised going to their groups.

"Some did better than others, it's the luck of the draw," Mr Tomlinson says.

Farmers Doug and Ann Nilsson have donated their 1.5 hectare block on the corner of State Highway 12 and Baylys Coast Rd for the third year.

They also prepare the soil ready for planting, with Dargaville retailers and contractors providing and spreading the fertiliser.

The maze is open from 10am to 4pm weekends or by appointment.

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