Talented youngsters design Taranaki bookmarks

A magical unicorn, a beautiful kiwi bird and even the iconic WOMAD letters have been turned into beautiful bookmarks for Taranaki.

Four talented junior artists have won the top prizes in the seventh annual bookmark competition at Puke Ariki.

Launched at Puke Ariki and the five community libraries in December, the competition encourages creative kids to design a bookmark based on a four categories – beautiful wildlife, fantasy creatures, whānau and geometric design.

The winning designs will now become the official bookmarks to be used at Puke Ariki and all of the community libraries in the New Plymouth district.

The winners were Pippa Welton (aged 4), Zadie Rudman (aged 5), Oliver Foy (aged 12) and Esmeralda Dalgleish (aged 17).

Richard Welton, father of four-year-old Pippa said the family was incredibly proud of the budding young artist.

“She’s very creative and in the zone of all things fairy and unicorn at the moment,” he said.

Puke Ariki Acting Manager Colleen Mullin said it was hard to pick a winner from the 212 entries.

“It’s a great competition from NPDC’s Puke Ariki as it encourages the artistic talents of our young people,” she said.

The four winners received a canvas print of their design, a $25 gift voucher, a certificate and a bundle of their own bookmarks to keep and give to family and friends.

PHOTO CAPTION: Richard Welton (father of winner Pippa Welton), Acting Puke Ariki Manager Colleen Mullin, NPDC Recreation and Culture Manager Teresa Turner, Esmeralda Dalgleish, Oliver Foy and, front, Zadie Rudman with their entries.