Photo competition finds beauty in Merivale

Merivale resident Emily Carroll won first place, with her photo of a young girl jumping as the sun goes down. Photo: Emily Carroll/Supplied.

A community initiative in Merivale is striving to show the suburb in a “different and bright” light.

The Merivale Community Centre hui last Friday saw residents and photo competition participants come together for the prize giving.

The winners, who were determined by Facebook likes, received cash, hundreds of dollars’ worth of cash prizes and hampers.

Sibylle Steppat of the Merivale Community Centre says the photo competition theme was finding beauty in Merivale.

“With the aim of wider Tauranga getting to know what’s happening in our busy little community, and some of the beautiful scenery and natural environment we have to share.

“Our contestants found it in special moments, places and people.”

A photo of a rainbow sitting over Merivale received third place. Photo: Yvonne Mackenzie/Supplied.

There were 23 individuals that entered the competition, with four participants awarded top prizes.


1st: Emily Carroll

2nd: Eve Beckett

3rd:  Yvonne Mackenzie

4th: Place Jo Franks     

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Posted on 28-10-2020 17:14 | By morepork

I’ve always had a soft spot for Merivale as we lived there when we first moved to Tauranga, and I commuted from Hampton Terrace to the Boys College every school day. They changed the name to avoid confusion with the South Island place, but it has always been Merivale to the people who live there. There was always a good community spirit in Merivale and it is good to see that it is still alive and well.


Posted on 27-10-2020 12:00 | By

What a great community initiative. Well done. More of our little suburbs need to do this. Merrivale has some very pro-active people and can be very proud of how they are lifting the community spirit. Well done. @ Sunlive, you need to publish more of their community photo’s.