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By PHILIP CHANDLER

A winner’s been announced in a competition to name a giant bronze dog sculpture recently installed in the Queenstown Gardens duck pond.

Lakes District Art and Cultural Trust, which commissioned the work by sculptor Richard Wells to mark its 20th anniversary, received 136 entries for its name-the-dog competition.

The trust last week selected ‘Kuri’ — Maori for a dog — as the winning name.

That was nominated by Anna Arndt (above), Denise Manning and Mike Atkins.

As Arndt’s entry came in first, she’s winning the main prize — a bronze maquette of the dog — and the other two are receiving gift vouchers.

Arndt says her name ‘‘just popped in my head and I thought, ‘that’s got to be it’.’’

She calls the sculpture, installed in August after two years of work, ‘‘just a real asset to our Gardens’’.

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