Falls fly­ing high

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Hob­biton, but thought the falls would be the se­cond most iconic and pop­u­lar at­tribute.’’

How­ever, com­ing up with a unique de­sign rep­re­sent­ing the falls was quite a chal­lenge.

‘‘It took me ages to bring it to­gether, I didn’t know how to draw wa­ter.’’

‘‘I didn’t think it would be cho­sen,’’ said An­der­son, ’’I thought it was good, but I didn’t think it was good enough.’’

An­der­son was paired with Tainui Press graphic de­signer Vanessa Hooten and to­gether they worked on tweak­ing the de­sign.

‘‘I orig­i­nally had a hob­bit door as the back­ground, they sug­gested I get rid of it. Wairere Falls has two breaks, my orig­i­nal de­sign had three koru at the same length, so they broke it into two.’’

See­ing her de­signs when­ever she walks about Broad­way has the teenager lost for words.

‘‘I was just so shocked, it’s hard to de­scribe. It’s quite a big thing to have my de­signs on the town flags.’’

Whit­ing says the flag pro­ject truly was a com­mu­ni­tyspir­ited pro­ject with Swaps pro­vid­ing the ve­hi­cle for Co­mag and Stan­ley’s staff to in­stall the flags, all ‘‘at no charge and in their own time’’.

REXINE HAWES

Jen­nifer An­der­son’s Wairere Falls de­sign was cho­sen for the Wel­come to Mata­mata flags.

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