Billboard win child's play for Thomas

New Plymouth all signed up

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2013

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Drumroll please: Time's up for the Sign Up for New Plymouth billboard competition, and the winners are Thomas Kerr, 4, of Pukekura Kindergarten and 14-year-old Caleb Bond.

Thomas was delighted to hear about his win, as was his dad, who allegedly screamed with delight when he heard the good news.

With a little help from his kindy friends, Thomas' creation, which featured the Wind Wand, the clock tower and Mt Taranaki, was coloured creatively and took out one of the competition's two top spots.

He said it would feel really good to see his sign up.

"He was absolutely ecstatic when we told him," said the kindergarten's head teacher Jeni Gilbert, who said the kindergarten had put a huge focus on art that year.

Similarly, home-schooled student Caleb Bond was really excited to learn his creation had got a top spot. "I drew a picture of the main attractions in New Plymouth," he said.

These included the Wind Wand and the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, which he drew using a calligraphy pen.

The keen artist said he looked forward to seeing his work blown up at either Burgess Park Hill or near the airport turnoff.

Mayor Andrew Judd, Taranaki Daily News editor Roy Pilott, and TGM Design director Andrea Leadbetter chose the two winners from 112 entries and the design company would create the final product. The council is considering making the competition a recurring event, changing the signs regularly.

The criteria for the competition was to make city visitors feel welcome and the two winning entries incorporated recognisable landmarks and a creative slogan.

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