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Winter Festival organisers want to hear from local organisations keen to enter a float in the popular Street Parade this year. 

There are two categories for the June 25 event – community and business – with great prizes to be won in both. 

This year, the winners of the business section will get a specially-made trophy, donated by Ngai Tahu Tourism. 

The spectacular, hand-carved wooden head represents the Maori warrior Matakauri (right), from the local legend of Lake Wakatipu. The winner gets to keep it for 12 months. 

“We wanted to help sponsor the Street Parade as it’s one of Winter Festival’s iconic events,” Ngai Tahu Tourism regional boss David Kennedy says. “The carving seemed an appropriate and suitable prize.” 

The parade – starting at noon – is one of festival’s biggest crowd-pullers and is a favourite with families and visitors. 

“We’d love to hear from more local groups keen to enter the community category, where the winner will receive a selection of prizes donated by entrants in the business section,” festival boss Simon Green says. 

“I’d also like to reinforce to local businesses that this is a great way to showcase themselves to the local community 
and the visitors who are in town.” 

The closing date for entries is May 27. Further details from www.winterfestival.co.nz