Families flocked to the annual Big Dig in Orewa on January 23, with organiser Orewa Lions Club estimating it was one of the biggest to date.
For 39 years, The Big Dig has been a winning formula – children continue to enjoy digging in the sand of Orewa Beach to find buried iceblock sticks that earn prizes. Once the digging is over, the event turns into a chance to play in the sand.
There are plenty of stalls and entertainment on offer to keep young diggers fed and entertained, as well as fundraising raffles.
All money raised (last year it was $5000) goes back to the community. Orewa Lions president Wendy Miller says this year Orewa Surf Lifesaving will be one of the groups to benefit.
She says Lions is very grateful to all its sponsors, as well as the Surf Lifesaving Club for patrolling the beach and also Orewa Sea Scouts, who buried all 1000 sticks.
Hibiscus Matters is a proud sponsor of The Big Dig.