Lego competition attracts 300 entries


A model of the Star Wars spaceship Millennium Falcon, with 5195 pieces and costing over $13,000, will be just one of “stunning sets” on display at the inaugural Brickwater Lego Exhibition and Competition in Nelson.

Initially, Brickwater was just going to be a low-key event for kids to raise funds for the Nelson Shoshin Kendo Club. However, Brickwater generated so much interest from Lego-maniacs that it has grown into a monster, already attracting “300 to 400” entries from around the country.

“We just wanted to organise a fundraiser for our son Lachlan’s Kendo Club,” one of the organisers, Paul Hunt, says. “He’s also keen on Lego so we decided to mix the two and run a Lego competition for the kids.

“But once we started talking about it, all the adult collectors got involved and it started to grow. We had one guy in Dunedin get in touch with us and say he was coming with his model of an entire city – he’s going to need three extra bags to bring it up to Nelson.

“We also needed more space. We’d booked the Brightwater School Hall for it but now we also need to use the library and some of the classrooms.”

Paul says some of the models that will be on display are “phenomenal” and are “almost art” with a “crazy amount of detail”.

Although there will be some seriously expensive sets on display at Brickwater, Paul says there will also be plenty of entertainment for Lego fans of all ages and abilities.

There will be a Lego competition just for children, a table full of Lego blocks for people to play with, a Lego-themed colouring-in competition, a race track designed for Lego cars and a Lego shop set up by Toy Zone. There will also a be a raffle for a Lego Mini Cooper.

Brickwater will be held at Brightwater School on Sunday September 13 from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs $2. For more information, go to the website