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Twenty artists have taken up chisels and chainsaws for this year’s Whangarei Sculpture Symposium with the aim of creating a work that will become part of next year's commemoration of Captain James Cook reaching New Zealand on his ship The Endeavour 250 years ago.

Jane Hindle, the co-chair of Te Au Marie Trust which is organising Northland’s Tuia - Encounters 250 programme, says the symposium’s theme ‘journey’ is based on first encounters and meetings, as well as the great traditions and history of exploring and navigating by Polynesians and Europeans in their journeys to discover Aotearoa.

This year there are two prizes. The winning sculptor will be awarded $6000 with the sculpture to be installed in a public space within the Whangarei District, while the artwork which best interprets the theme will be awarded $4000 and installed at the Bay of Islands Airport in Kerikeri.

Ms Hindle says part of the trust's kaupapa is to create legacies for the region that will remain long after the commemoration events are done.

Remaining artworks are auctioned off when the symposium ends on March 22.

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