Taranaki creatives have a go at birds, bugs and butterflies

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Garden Edge Hāwera's garden creations competition organiser Lynne Newell with Ricki the Ruru (and some insect friends), one of the two winners.

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Garden Edge Hāwera’s garden creations competition organiser Lynne Newell with Ricki the Ruru (and some insect friends), one of the two winners.

There’s a ruru peeking out of the trunk of a tree, with insects resting nearby.

A giant weta, the size of a small dog, lurks in the corner. Caterpillars morph into a butterfly before your eyes, and spiders are having a disco.

Welcome to the third year of Garden Edge Hāwera’s flora and fauna competition, with the theme of bugs, birds and butterflies.

Tawera the Weta, made entirely of Nikau palm, was the other winner.

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Tawera the Weta, made entirely of Nikau palm, was the other winner.

Organiser Lynne Newell said what she most enjoyed was what people came up with.

“Their creativity is amazing,” she said.

“I think this year’s blown me away more. There was always one that stood out (previously) whereas this year I would have no idea which one to pick because they’re all incredibly creative.”

The morepork/ruru and his insect friends were made by a child.

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The morepork/ruru and his insect friends were made by a child.

The creatives get between two and three months to come up with an idea. Last year’s theme was swimsuits, and the year before was dresses, Newell said.

The displays will stay up at the Fantham St garden centre for the duration of the Taranaki Garden Festival, which runs until November 8.

There were two winners – Ricki the Ruru, by Janine O’Keefe and Claire Omundsen, assisted by the Puriri Group, and Tawera the Weta, made by Grady and Marijke Graham.



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