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Source: Department of Conservation

To celebrate Wellington Heritage Week (25 – 31 October), we launched a competition in August to encourage the public to build Wellington’s heritage … in Lego (or similar toy blocks)! Today we announce the winners.

Wellington Heritage Week is an annual celebration that acknowledges all things heritage in the Wellington region.

This year, we decided to do things a little bit differently to celebrate. We challenged kids, teens and adults from around the country to build their favourite heritage place in Wellington out of Lego (or other building blocks).

The Wellington/Kāpiti region is home to tonnes of fantastic heritage sites – Matiu/Somes Island, The Beehive, and the Mākara gun emplacements – just to name a few.

Entrants had to think deeply about their chosen heritage site. They had to think about the history of the Wellington region and what place resonates most strongly with them. They needed to consider the story of that place and how to recreate it memorably.

We were blown away with the entries that we received. We had 44 entries in total, which is a fantastic result.

There were so many good entries that judging was tough! Picking just two per category was too difficult, so the judges decided to recognise some builds as with special mentions as well.

Here are our winners…

Category one: kids (12 years and under)

Winner: Hollie Lawrence – Katherine Mansfield House and Garden