Ju­nior de­sign­ers make wear­able cre­ation

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

A legend of Mt Roy will be un­veiled at the Wanaka Wear­able Cre­ations Show this week.

The story of Takiana has in­spired a group of three and fouryear-old chil­dren from Oanaka Ed­u­care to make a cos­tume for the event, with the help of their teacher Gemma Wilson.

Wilson said Takiana could be seen sleep­ing on the sky­line above Wanaka and her po­si­tion was de­scribed by Mt Coro­man­del, Roys Peak and Mt Al­pha.

"I don’t think there are any story books about her. It is just an oral legend. I am­do­ing a diploma in Maori and my teacher talks about it,’’ Wilson ex­plained.

Her young charges have helped col­lect and at­tach feath­ers on to the bodice of the out­fit, sym­bol­is­ing the korowai (cloak) that pro­tects Takiana while she sleeps. The chil­dren have also threaded strands of beads to­gether to dec­o­rate the gar­ment.

Re­cy­cled ma­te­rial has been cut into hun­dreds of strips, on which the chil­dren and their par­ents have writ­ten mes­sages to each other, as well parts of Takiana’s story. Th­ese strips form the skirt.

Wilson said the project had taken hours to com­plete. It was the first time Oanaka Ed­u­care had en­tered the show.

‘‘Un­der white light I think this will look awe­some,’’ she said.

Cameron Shore, 4, said the best thing was glu­ing on the feath­ers. The other chil­dren agreed.

Henry McKay thought Takiana would be beau­ti­ful.

His brother Forbes McKay, 3, agreed. ‘‘She’s a girl. Mum’s a girl too, but she’s a big one.’’ Sarah Shore and Anna McKay are di­rect­ing this year’s show and say it is go­ing to be one of the big­gest.

‘‘In the past, there’s been one artist, one model.

‘‘But for some rea­son this year, there’s been one artist, five mod­els or one artist, seven mod­els,’’ McKay said.

The 2014 lineup fea­tures 22 artists from around the dis­trict.

Over half of this year’s de­sign­ers are new to the show.

Photo: MAR­JORIE COOK/FAIR­FAX NZ 630074039

What: Wanaka Wear­ables Cre­ation Show Where: Lake Wanaka Cen­tre When: 8pm Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day (R16). Chil­dren’s Mati­nee (show high­lights) Satur­day 3-4pm. Cre­ative kids: Rear, from left, Oanaka Ed­u­care teacherGem­maWil­son, Anna McKay, Cameron Shore, 4, Sarah Shore. Front from left, Bonny Raynes, 4, Forbes McKay, 3, Reko Wheeler, 4, Henry McKay, 4, George Mur­ray, 4, Nixon Young, 3.

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