Wearable Arts showcase. Seven local schools including Somerville took part in this spectacular event.

The schools were Maraetai Beach Primary school, Cockle Bay Primary school, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Howick Intermediate and Elim Middle School. Students lined up in anticipation to put their best foot forward on the catwalk that was adorned with fairy lights and giant banners depicting cultural images from around the globe made by syndicate F students’ and teachers.

Tables were arranged with V.I.P seating where our trained hosts served tea, coffee and treats to guests from our community including local principals, BOTmembersand local teachers.

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The quality of the garments were outstanding and the show was a huge success with winners from a range of contributing schools.

Our very own Gemma Vincer won the Year seven and eight Kiwiana category with her outstanding flax and Maori design inspired creation.


Bree Luca won the Pasifika Year seven and eight category with her garment titled ‘Kea Bird”. Bree’s garment was made out of toi toi branches complete with a constructed mask and hand made talons. She looked every inch a professional as she modelled down the catwalk, Pia Groenewegen won the Asian Avante garde Year seven and eight section with her origami inspired creation. Pia’s garment boasted over 1500 handmade origami butterflies which were attached to a dramatic looking kimono and asian styled umbrella.

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These garments will be displayed alongside other winning garments from Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Cockle Bay Primary School at the Uxbridge Arts Centre in Howick until July 2 as part of our “People’s Choice Awards” . Please go along and vote for one of our winners and look at the other outstanding garments on display. We would like to thank all of the local businesses involved that made this showcase such a success, as well as the teachers and parents that assisted in the smooth running of this event.

We have decided to enter some of our outstanding Somerville garments into the Manukau Beautification awards that will be held on Thursday 27 June at the Vodafone Events centre. This evening will showcase wearable garments and performance items from Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools across Auckland and is sure to be an entertaining attraction for our community.


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