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Local Sand Sculpture attempts to capture the sun and win back the sunshine crown

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From left: Julie Flintoff, Gaye & Graeme Bloomfield, Stella Bloomfield, Brian Flintoff at Tahuna Beach with their amazing sun sand sculpture. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie, Nelson Weekly.

Local Monaco residents Julie & Brian Flintoff love the Nelson summer sun.
Last weekend they stepped up and did their bit in the fight to bring back the crown as the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand to Nelson, a title lost last year to rival sun city Whakatane.

When they heard from Bowater Hyundai last week that there was a compeition on to win a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe they began planning an epic sand sculpture. Their design is based around the old Maori legend of Maui snaring the sun. In this case it is all of us snaring the sun, and "encouraging" it to stick around so we can win back the crown.

Brian Flintoff is a professional, and experienced, jade and bone carver. He is quite comfortable working in the "3-D", but working in sand is an entirely new artistic endeavour. Not phased by this he gathered in the family and headed off to Tahunanui Beach last Saturday morning. They had a plan in mind but didn't quite know how it would all come together.

We discovered that they had built their scuplture when it appeared on the front page of the Nelson Weekly today. We think they did a fantastic job, but they now need our collective help to win the car.


Helping the Flintoff's win a car.

This competition is being held on Facebook, and is basically a popularity contest.
It is a case of most votes wins.

We think that they have made a great sculpture and Nelson needs all of the help it can get to claim back the sunshine capital of NZ crown. We all know that the Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio is very passionate about this cause, so hopefully we can get him behind this campaign as well.
Lets all head over to Facebook and vote for the Flintoff / Bloomfield sand sculpture!


Voting is easy.  Just one click.

Here is the link for voting: or you can click on the photo at the top of the page.

Once you have clicked either of the options, a new tab or page will open on Hyundai's Facebook where you can vote.

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Voting is easy, just click on the light orange banner at the bottom.
You will need to fill out a few details, but rest assured, these details will remain private and you have the option of opting out of further communication from Hyundai NZ if you so wish. You can learn more about the voting process and the Terms & Conditions of the competition at this link.

Once you have voted be sure to spread the word amongst your Facebook friends by clicking on the "SHARE THIS ENTRY" link. These lovely people need all of the help they can get to reel in the votes.

This competition is a nation wide affair, run out of Auckland by Hyundai New Zealand. They have held a couple of sand sculpture building days at some of the Surfing Tour events up north that Hyundai sponsor. Those that have attended have definitely got the upper hand, but we in little old Nelson like a challenge!

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Sean joined the team in the early autumn of 2019, and comes with a local automotive industry pedigree stretching back a number of years. He is passionate about cars and customer service, and is very knowledgable in the aftersales space, so look forward to some excellent customer service!

Sean is one of the lucky few to own a Honda s2000. He is very enthusiastic about original state classics, infact his s2000 still has a cassette player in it even though he doesn't have any cassettes - lets see if we can rememdy that!

Come on down and have a chat, bring an old cassette tape, and have a fresh brewed coffee or cup of tea whilst getting your vehicle sorted. 

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