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DrainWise Art Competition

We invite local artists to create and submit an original design for a stormwater drain grate, that'll help raise awareness of stormwater pollution.

The winning artist will receive a $250 voucher and your artwork painted on the stormwater grate on the corner of Lowe Street and Gladstone Road.

Competition details and how to enter

Your design will send a clear visual message to people passing a grate that anything that goes down a stormwater drain goes straight into our rivers and sea. 

Stormwater pollution includes litter, cigarette butts, chemicals and sediment from the roadside that go down the drain and straight into our rivers and sea, affecting the wildlife that live in and around the water. 

Who can enter?

Anyone from Tairāwhiti Gisborne can enter - all ages are welcome

How do I enter?

1. Download this Template and Form to enter the competition [PDF, 941 KB] 

2. Design your artwork on the template.

3, Complete the entry form and tell us about your artwork.

4. Submit it all us before the competition closes at 12pm Friday 28 February 2020.  
Email your design and entry form (either scan it all or take photos) send to:  
Or drop it into customer service in Fitzherbert Street.

No late entries will be accepted.

The winners and results will be announced on our website and social media pages within a week of the closing date.

We aim to paint the stormwater drain as soon as the winner's announced, but this will be dependant on the weather.

About stormwater pollution to help with your design

Stormwater is rainfall that travels down gutters, grates, pipes and drains. Anything that you throw, tip or spill down a stormwater drain ends up in our waterways.

This moving water's like a magnet that attracts everything in its path, including litter, rubbish, chemicals or waste. This polluted water travels untreated through our stormwater network before it drains straight into our rivers and sea. This is stormwater pollution.  

Some think the stormwater network is part of the wastewater network that goes to the treatment plant in Banks street. This is not correct - the wastewater network and the stormwater network are 2 separate systems.

So let's be careful what we throw away as it can end up down the drain!

Judging the competition

The judging panel will include representatives from Gisborne District Council, environmental protection partners and local artist Dr Derek Lardelli. The winners will be judged on 2 elements:

Education - raises awareness of water quality issues from stormwater pollution.
Creativity - uses innovation to produce original, imaginative and eye-catching artwork. 

Thanks to Resene

ReseneThis competition is proudly supported by Dave and his team at our locally owned Resene Colourshop. They've kindly sponsored the eco-friendly paint that we'll be using to paint the winning design on our roadside stormwater grate.