Julie Flintoff, Gaye, Graeme and Stella Bloomfield, 6, with Brian Flintoff after completing their entry into the Hyundai sandcastle competition on Tahunanui Beach on Saturday. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

Sandcastle best in NZ?


A Nelson family is hoping support from locals will help them win a national sand castle competition.

Brian and Julie Flintoff along with Gay and Graeme Bloomfield took to the sand of Tahunanui beach on Saturday to create and photograph their sand castle for the Hyundai sandcastle competition. Photos from sandcastles all over New Zealand have been loaded to the Hyundai New Zealand Facebook page and the photo that attracts the most “likes” will win a Hyundai Santa Fe for a year.

Entry to the competition closes at the end of next week so there is still time for people to enter their best sandcastle into the competition. Gaye says along with the necessary tool kit made up of spades, paint brushes, brooms and a weed sprayer the group also brought along “the quintessential kiwi picnic basket, complete with ginger beer”.

It took around two hours to build and the sand sculpture was based on the idea of Nelson as the sunshine capital and was a depiction of the Maori legend where Maui snares the sun, Tama-Nui-Tera, says Brian.

To vote for the Flintoff and Bloomfield’s sandcastle visit www.facebook.com/hyundai and download the app, which according to Bowater Motor Group’s David Eagle is “completely” safe.