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The 2014 World Heli Chal­lenge, al­ways pre­vi­ously held in Wanaka, is com­ing to the Macken­zie Coun­try later this year. It will be held on Mt Cook and the Ohau ski­field over nine days in Septem­ber.

Teams con­sist of two skiers or snow­board­ers, a pho­tog­ra­pher and a fil­mo­g­ra­pher.

Event founder and di­rec­tor Tony Har­ring­ton says he be­lieves the Macken­zie Coun­try is one of the best ar­eas in the world for this com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I love Mt Cook, I have been dream­ing about tak­ing it there for years,’’ he says.

Har­ring­ton says fewer ath­letes will be in­volved but as a re­sult the com­pe­ti­tion will be ‘‘a lit­tle bit more elite’’.

He be­lieves the footage taken will also show­case Twizel and Lake Tekapo.

Teams have been in­vited to make two- to three-minute edited videos in a bid to earn places in the chal­lenge.

From those short films, two teams will be selected. The win­ning team will win $10,000.

Har­ring­ton says this year’s theme is ‘‘big ad­ven­ture, big re­wards’’ and or­gan­is­ers will be look­ing for films that cap­ture this.

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