Pupils create fashion for festival

WORN WITH PRIDE: St Teresa's School pupils wearing some of the costumes they've made.
WORN WITH PRIDE: St Teresa's School pupils wearing some of the costumes they've made.

Months of work by St Teresa's School pupils have gone into creating the costumes for this year's Bluff Oyster Festival fashion competition.

Entries will be showcased in a parade at the festival in Bluff on Saturday.

St Teresa's School teacher Rosi Coyle said all of the pupils at the school worked on the costumes from the beginning of term one and their work included research, planning and drawing their designs.

The result was four entries into the primary schools' section of the competition - two from their junior class, and two from the senior class.

"The kids have made everything, including all the sewing, themselves," Coyle said.

The costumes were made from recycled materials and were inspired by Maori legends.

The junior costumes represent Kiwa and Hinemoana, who were guardians of the sea, while the senior costumes represent Tanemahuta, protector of the forest, and the protector of the seas.

Bluff Oyster Festival committee member Cathy Culling said judging for the fashion competition was held on Sunday.

"It went really well, we've had some extraordinary entries, particularly from the secondary school section."

The winners of each section, as well as the supreme winner, will be announced following the parade at 12.20pm at the festival.

"When you see it [the supreme winner], you will be absolutely floored by it," Cullling said.

The Bluff Oyster Festival is on this Saturday at the Real Journeys site on Foreshore Rd, adjacent to the Old Town Wharf in Bluff, from 10.30am.

Tickets are $25 for adults, or $7 for children under 12, available from the Invercargill City Council, Bluff Service Centre, Barnes Oysters, or online from TicketDirect.

Some gate sales will be available for $30.


The Southland Times