Prizes for best costumes

Tom Hunt in the Dom Post reports:

Now there’s another reason to get dressed up for next year’s NZI Sevens – a proposed $50,000 prize pool for the best dressed.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is calling on business leaders to contribute to the pool, with Museum Hotel owner Chris Parkin already pitching in $5000.

“The fans bring so much energy, colour and fun into the city,” Ms Wade-Brown said.

“They volunteer their time and creativity and the result is marvellous costumes and a carnival atmosphere that adds considerable value to Wellington’s brand, so I think it’s time we recognised the contribution of the fans.”

Mr Parkin said though it was too early to say how the prizes would be divided, he imagined the first prize would be about $10,000.

That’s a great idea. If they announced the winners just before the cup final, it would give the stadiuma a huge buzz. And a great incentives for people to stay fun and creative.

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