Logo contest for Waipa anniversary

A competition for the public to design the official logo for Waipa's 150-year celebrations has been launched.

The winning design will be used to brand all the district's events and activities in 2014, the anniversary year.

Waipa District Council community relationships manager Wayne Green said the logo competition was seen as a great way to involve the community.

"We are only allowing entries from Waipa residents - so we keep the faith," he said.

"We know we have a mountain of local talent out there who could design something that will really mark the occasion. We'll be looking to use the logo on street banners, advertisements, flyers and at events throughout the 2014 commemoration year," he said.

As a result of the New Zealand land wars in the 1860s the district's key towns of Cambridge and Te Awamutu and its villages of Ohaupo, Pirongia and Kihikihi popped up as military garrison towns.

The land wars ended in 1864 and so plans are underway for a year of celebrations to commemorate the establishment of the district in 2014.

A community commemorations committee comprising representatives of each of the communities has been formed to co-ordinate district-wide events and activities.

Mayor Alan Livingston is adamant the community should decide how it would like to celebrate.

"While the council is helping coordinate activities, this really belongs to the community to decide how to commemorate its beginnings," he said.

"The committee has representatives from each of the towns and villages as a way of providing a communications channel from the communities to avoid event clashes, and that there's an even spread of events throughout the district, throughout the year.

The committee intends to launch the 150th commemorations with a special event on Waitangi Weekend 2014 and will use the Pirongia Races on Boxing Day 2014 to close off the year's celebrations.

Waikato Times