New Sea and Land

In 2000, when the inaugural Tahitian Government's International Tahitian Pearl Trophy Competition was introduced, it attracted 83 international entries from 18 countries, although none were from New Zealand. The 2002 trophy competition, to be held in New York, marks the first time the country has been asked to participate in an international design competition of this magnitude. Nineteen entrants submitted 25 designs in nine categories, and the dozen winning pieces will now go on to represent New Zealand at the International Pearl Grand Prix Competition in September 2002 during Fashion Week. The New Zealanders will be judged alongside the national winners from 18 other participating countries. "The designs themselves are certainly worth a mention," says Shirley Went, spokesperson for Eyris Blue Pearl Company, the cultured abalone mabé firm in Christchurch. Went, who was on the panel

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