One man's trash is another man's treasure, and never was this more true than in the buildup to Kaikoura's biennial Trash Fashion show, which is on again next month.
Hoarders around the district finally have a use for all those bottle tops, plastic bags and piles of No8 wire.
So if you haven't got your entry in yet, don't delay.
With just two weeks left until entries close for this year's show, it is time to really get the thinking caps on and plan those winning designs.
The show, organised by the Lions Club of Seaward Kaikoura, serves as a major fundraiser for the town, with about $90,000 having been injected back into the community since its inception in 1998.
This year the intended recipient is Kaikoura Hospital, with the funds raised going towards a CR reader, which will cost about $35,000.
The CR system means X-rays taken at the hospital will be able to be processed digitally, making the service far more streamlined than it is at present. Hospital staff and patients will be able to access images immediately on a computer screen, rather than having to wait for X-rays to be processed in Christchurch and results sent back.
About $7000 has already been raised towards the equipment from a Books and Bubbles evening hosted by Paper Plus Kaikoura last year.
This year's categories for the Trash Fashion competition are: kids art, vege patch; teens art, I wanna be ... ; novice, somewhere over the rainbow; evening, 1920s cabaret; colour, in the pink; men and toys, male models; kiwiana, hats, bags and boobs.
Show convenor Rita Calvert said entries were coming in steadily but she was looking forward to seeing more.
She said the first entry received was for the teens' section. It is called "I wanna be ... free of earthquakes", which she said sent a powerful message about the use of the show to tell a story.
Each entry costs $15 and the final date for entries is 5pm on Monday, May 21. There will be no late entries so mark your diary so you don't miss out – or go online to download your entry form.
Tickets for this year's show will go on sale on May 25 and will be available from the Kaikoura i-SITE. The dates for the show are June 15 and 16.
This year's judges have been named as Smiths City Blenheim branch manager Rachael Wilkes, Kathmandu's Sheena Denmead and multi award-winning Ellerslie landscape gardener Dan Rutherford.
With the major sponsor being Smiths City again this year, prizes include generous cash rewards and Smiths City vouchers, and other businesses in the area have come on board with sponsorship.
The one area left to sponsor is the lighting aspect of the show. This is the one major expense, at $2000, and Rita said it would be great to have a business sponsor for this so that the money raised could go back to the community.
If any business or individual out there would like to make a real difference to this year's show and the amount of money raised for the CR reader, give Rita a call on 033196144, or visit the newly designed website at trashfashionkaikoura.co.nz.
The first Trash Fashion show was held in 1999 and every year until 2006, when it was changed to every two years.
An average of 60 designers, over eight categories, compete in the show every year, including categories for children, teens, novice and open.
The Lions Club of Seaward Kaikoura has given about $90,000 to community projects from funds raised through the show.
This has included Westpac Rescue Helicopter, St John, Kaikoura Coastguard, Kaikoura Hospital, Kaikoura Fire Brigade, Oaro Volunteer Fire Brigade and other worthy organisations.
Trash Fashion has become one of the icon events in Kaikoura, giving residents and others the opportunity to show their skills in a creative way and have fun at the same time.
- Kaikoura Star
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