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Eye on Nature Wearable Arts

June 2023 | Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau

The search is on for Auckland’s most promising, environmentally-conscious young artists and designers!

Eye on Nature Wearable Arts is an annual competition for Auckland primary and secondary school students, run by the Beautification Trust. Students are challenged to create eco-friendly wearable art around the Eye on Nature theme, with $3,500 in cash awarded to the winning schools.

The garments are judged at the Eye on Nature Wearable Arts Fashion Show, held at the Vodafone Events Centre in June. The showcase gives tamariki and rangatahi the exciting experience of modelling their eco-friendly creations on a fashion runway in front of a live audience!

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Eye on Nature Wearable Arts Fashion Show 2022

Thank you to our sponsors 

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Why your school should enter

Enter your school

Eye on Nature Wearable Arts is open to all Auckland primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Participation in the programme is free of charge.


Click here to register your interest. We’ll be in touch with further details about the competition, how to run the programme in your school and how to submit your entries. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us.

Enter your school

Teacher workshop video

A recording of our Zoom workshop for teachers who are interested in taking part.


Incredible Kai resources

A library of resources for teaching and learning about the theme, Incredible Kai.

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Teacher workshop slides

Download the slides from our introductory workshop for teachers as a PDF.

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Judging criteria

Read about the garment requirements and how the judges will assess entries.

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Promo video for students

Show this video in class or at assembly to get your students excited for Wearable Arts!


Photo & video permission

This form must be submitted with entries for each student designer and model.

Resources for teachers

Teaching resources

Fabric scraps with scissors

Recycling fashion: The town turning waste into clothes

Video - Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. But a small town in Italy called Prato has built its fortune on transforming old scraps into new clothes, particularly knitwear and wool.

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Are fashion retailers honest with their customers?

Video documentary - Fast fashion is cheap, worn briefly, then discarded, leaving behind mountains of used clothing. Producers and retailers promise sustainability and recycling, but how sincere is their promise to make new clothing from old?

What is food insecurity? An explanation

What is Food Insecurity? An Explanation

Video - 925 million people go to bed hungry despite there being enough food to feed the planet. This video explains what food (in)security is, and why it is important.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

Video library - The Story of Stuff has produced dozens of animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future.

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BBC: The Price of Fast Fashion

Video documentary - Fashion lover Assefeh Barrat follows every stage of the production process - from cotton growers in the USA, to factory owners in Turkey and designers in the West to see who is leading the way in reducing fashion's environmental impact. And she asks consumers if they are really willing to change their fast fashion habits.

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Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Teachers resources - Clothing and associated textiles have had major impacts on both the natural and social worlds. What are the positive and negative impacts that technology has made on natural and social environments.

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200m Urban Garden Project - Koanga Institute NZ

Video - Koanga Institute has the largest collection of heritage seeds in Aotearoa. They help teach regenerative and sustainable ways of living in urban places.

Economic model

What if we don't buy products, we buy service?

Video - What if we didn't buy the goods we use, but instead favoured access and performance over ownership?

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The true cost of fast fashion

Video - Millions of tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year—it’s one of the fastest-growing categories of waste in the world. How can the fashion industry continue to grow while addressing the environmental need for people to buy fewer clothes?

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Teaching about the Fast Fashion Industry and Sustainable Production

Teachers resources - Links to resources, lesson plans, articles, and informational sites to help teach your students about the environmental and socio-economic pressures of a fast fashion industry.

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VR Walkthrough of Vodafone Event Centre

VR walkthrough of the Vodafone Event Centre

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3 Ways We Could Transform the Future of Food

Video - As the population grows, the demand for food is only going to increase, but luckily, scientists are already working to solve this problem.


If you have any questions that aren't answered below, please don't hesitate to contact us.