For designers who have entered, don't forget to download the Garment Details Form.

This MUST accompany your garment when you send to the Awards.

Please also read the Full Entry Information for other requirements that MUST accompany your garment.

sections and prizes 2021

All sections cover mens and womens fashions

OPEN Entry Sections:

1. OPEN streetwear section

Street styles influenced by global influences.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

2. OPEN Nightlife section

Glamorous red carpet showstopping evening wear for men or women.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

3. OPEN Collections section

Three complete designs with theme, colour, fabric and design.
All collections must have a title.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

4. OPEN Avante Garde section

Anything goes - creative and let your imagination run wild!

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

5. OPEN Natural Fibres SECTION

Natural fibres at their best.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

6. OPEN Menswear SECTION

Designs for Men - don't hold back.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200


Bring new life to old.

1st Prize: $1000

2nd Prize: $200

SCHOOL Entry Sections:

A. School streetwear section

Street styles influenced by urban youth culture.

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $100

B. School Nightlife section

Think school formal for guys and girls.

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $100

C. School RECYCLED section

Bring new life to old.

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $100

D. School NATURAL FIBRES section

Natural fibres at their best.

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $100

Prizes awarded to garments from the above ELEVEN sections:

OPEN SECTION award of excellence - $15,000 prize package*

School section award of excellence - $1,000 + sewing machine

Young Designer award - $4,000 package*

Heather Paterson QSM Memorial Best Southland Designer Award - $5,00 + trophy

Auaha Award (Cultural Award for Maori and Pacifica influences) - $500

Garment with the Most Commercial Potential Award - $500

Best Use of Fabric Award - $500

Knitted Award - $500

Open Merit Awards - Certificates

School Merit Awards - Certificates

* AWARD OF EXCELLENCE & YOUNG DESIGNER also receive registration to Fashion Week in Auckland.

Please note: All cash prizes are gross and are subject to tax if applicable.

Important dates and fees 2021

Entry deadline - 1 June 2021


Completed online entry or postal entry form and entry fee due on or before THIS date.


Address to send postal entries: Hokonui Fashion Design Awards, c/- Sheree McIntyre, Wendonside, No. 7RD, Gore 9777


Entry Fees:
Open Section:
$50.00 for each entry - due by 1 June 2021

$65.00 for each ‘Collections’ entry - due by 1 June 2021

School Section (Primary-Secondary):
$20.00 for each entry - due by 1 June 2021

Payment Details:

Online Payment: Bank account number: 03-0915-0305160-00 Please use the designers name as reference

No cheque payments accepted. Online payment is preferred, however if you need to discuss an alternative payment option, please contact the Awards Treasurer on 027 537 7416.

Tickets on sale - Wednesday 23 June 2021

Available from www.iticket.co.nz


Garment deadline - 25 June 2021

Garments must be received no later than 5pm on the 25 June 2021.
Each garment must be sent with the following items to complete your entry:
• 2 copies of the completed Garment Details Form (download PDF from this page - above )
• 2 colour photographs of your garment
• 2 copies of clear description of how your garment and accessories are to be worn
• A clearly marked return label, courier ticket and packaging

Use the Important Checklist inside the Entry Information booklet (download PDF above) to check you have included all items to successfully complete your entry.

Address to send garments: 

The garments are required to be in Gore by 5pm on the 25th June 2021, the address to send them is Mainfreight Depot, 2 Oldham Street, Gore 9710.  Mainfreight have agreed to freight large items over a certain dimension at a reduced cost, please contact me for more details if you wish to take up this option otherwise you will need to use courier sized bags and boxes which will still need to go through NZ Post or a courier company but to the Gore Mainfreight Depot address supplied. Please ensure you have supplied return documentation.


N.B. There are to be no physical drop offs to the depot, garments will not be accepted. If you live locally and wish to drop a garment off please contact myself to arrange this at a time when we will be physically present at the venue.

Final judging - 22-23 July 2021

Hokonui Strictly Design Evening - 23 July 2021
School Section winners announced!

Hokonui Gala Awards Evening - 24 July 2021
Open section winners announced!


All entries will be considered at a preliminary judging (3 - 4 July 2021) when garments will be selected for the finals.


All Entrants who’s designs have NOT BEEN accepted will be notified by 5 July 2021.




• Fashion trend and design expressed

• Cut and finish

• Compatibility of fabric/fibre and design

• Innovation and originality

• Total look


The Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Organisers reserve the right to reject any entry due to poor workmanship, poor quality or non-practicality of the garment.

Conditions of entry

  1. Entrants are required to design and enter a garment of their own choice in the fabric/fibre suitable to the section.                               

  2. Garments must be new and made within the past twelve months and NOT have been shown at any other competition. Garments must not have been worn to any function i.e. School balls parties etc. Garments shown at graduation shows are allowed. School Entry garments that have been previously entered in their school Make and Model Shows are also allowed, as long as they did not win.

  3. There are no design restrictions. Designers may not necessarily be the maker of the garment. Garments deemed unsafe or impractical to be shown on the catwalk will still be judged but displayed on a mannequin during the show.                             

  4. Garments made under licence or commercial label in New Zealand are not eligible. Organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any entry under this clause.

  5. Entry is open to all ages. (You do not have to be a design student to enter).

  6. To be eligible for ‘The Young Designer Award’, you must be under 21 years of age on the 30 June 2021, and you must state your age on your entry form/online entry.

  7. To enter: Entrants must complete one entry form per garment entered. This applies to both online entries and printed entry forms.
    The completed online entry/entry form and entry fee must be received no later than 1 June 2021. See in the section above (Important Dates & eps 2021) for payment details and address to send postal entries too.

  8. Garment delivery requirements and Garment Details Forms:  Pink Garment Details Forms (available to download at the top of this page) and garments must be received no later than 5pm on the 25 June 2021, or they will be disqualified. Please see below the important checklist of items that must accompany each garment to successfully complete the entry process. Send garments to: Mainfreight Transport Gore, 2 Oldham Street, Gore 9710. Important: Absolutely no physical drop offs to this address as they won’t be accepted. Please contact Sheree McIntyre (Awards Convenor) if you wish to deliver your garment/s personally.

  9. All entries must be labeled with entrants name sewn onto garment. Accessories must also be named. All labels must not be visible when modelled.         

  10. Garments preferred size: 10 or 12. Average height: 5’7” to 5’9”. Male size: 102-108 chest. Waist 81-86cm.

  11. Garments will be modelled by models selected by the organisers. Designers are unable to specify their own models.

  12. Once garments are in the hands of the organisers, they cannot be uplifted until Sunday 25 July and Monday 26 July 2021, between the hours of 9am - 4pm (on both days), from the Mackay Room at the Gore Town & Country Club. No garments will be available directly after the Gala Awards Evening Show on Saturday 24 July 2021.

  13. It is the responsibility of entrants to insure their property from the time of initial dispatch to it’s return. Garments will be on and off models many times during judging and shows. Organisers will take care to prevent makeup and other markings during this time. The organisers take no responsibility for garments lost in transit. Please use an accredited courier and make sure the return address is correct, and you a return tracked ticket enclosed. Failure to comply with this means your garment will no be accepted.

  14. Proper packaging and dispatch of garments and the costs are the responsibility of the entrant. No personal deliveries will be accepted and all garments must be boxed for posting/delivery. Such boxes must be named. Mainfreight Depot, 2 Oldham Street, Gore 9710.

  15. If you wish to withdraw your garment, you must notify the Awards convenor by 29 June 2021.    

  16. Committee have the right to change garments from one section to another.

  17. Organisers may keep prize-winning garments for up to 12 months after the Awards for promotion and display purposes. It is preferred that the
    The Award of Excellence becomes part of the permanent Hokonui Fashion Design Awards display collection.         

  18. Organisers may photograph winning garments and Awards nights for the purposes of publicity. 

  19. By entering these Awards, the entrant accepts all conditions of entry and declares that all details are true and correct.

IMPORTANT CHECKLIST (MUST send with garment) 

With my garment I have included:
- Two copies of the completed Garment Details Form (download PDF from this page - above ).
- Two colour photographs of my garment
- Two copies of clear description of how my garment and accessories are to be worn
- A clearly marked return label, courier ticket and packaging