Teenager’s design selected as logo

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AN intricate Maori tohu (design) created by a Bluff teenager has been selected as the logo for a new social triathlon and community festival.
Next month’s Try›Whanau event is being organised by Awarua Wha› nau Services (AWS) to encourage people to get more active. While aimed at Maori and Pacific Island families, it is open to everyone.
AWS community health pro› moter Joyce Manahi said a com› petition was launched last year seeking an appropriate logo for the event, which it hoped will be held annually.
Reese Harrison’s design — two sail shapes connected by a diamond — was the winner.
‘‘It was really nicely done,’’ Mrs Manahi said.
Reese (16), who attends South› land Girls’ High School, said her design incorporated the manaia (a mythological figure guarding against evil) and the koru (the stylised unfurling fern frond symbolising strength and courage), linked by a diamond representing participants switching from one triathlon component to the next.
She said she was ‘‘very pleased’’ with her success, as she did not take art at school had not created many artworks before.
She said her artist uncle Te Mauri Tini had given her some pointers about how to approach her design.
The triathlon was for all ages, from babies to kaumatua [respected elders], Mrs Manahi said. There were long and short swim›bike›run courses for teams or individuals, as well as as a swim and 1km run or walk option where people could ‘‘scoot, skateboard or push a pram’’ or just walk.
There would also be ‘‘heart›rate raising’’ activities such as horizontal bungy, bubble ball and sumo suits; the chance to have a go at rock ‘n’ rock dancing; and dance, kapa haka and weightlifting demonstrations.
The aim of the day was for people of all ages to get active, and have fun, she said.
‘‘Our point of difference is that we have varying events suitable for all ages and abilities. It is non› threatening — as easy or as hard as you want to make it.’’
Í Try›Whanau Triathlon and ‘‘have a go’’ festival, Saturday, March 5, Bluff Oyster & Food Festival site, Lee St, Bluff. Check in from 8.30am. Entry $20 per individ› ual or team. To enter go towww.awaruashs.maori.nz.
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