Conditions of Entry


Version 2:21 May 2024


  • This competition is only open to amateur and semi-professional sewists (income less than $10,000 p/a from sewing) If sewing is your main source of income, you are ineligible to enter.
  • This event will be filmed and/or photographed. By entering you give consent for these images to be televised and/or used for publicity relating to future Bernina Northland Fashion Awards events.
  • If you win your category, the sponsors of that category have the right to use and/or display your garment until the end of 1 year, at which point you will be contacted to retrieve the garment. Non-retrieval after 3 months of being notified will result in the garment being disposed of by the sponsor.
  • A non-refundable entry fee of $5 per entry is payable within 7 days of the entry being lodged to secure your place in the competition. You will receive a confirmation email after the completed entry has been received with payment options and other important information.
  • All entry forms and fees must be received by Friday 6th of September 2024 – unless all spots have been allocated prior.
  • Prizes are subject to change depending on the number of entries received.
  • Garments that have been entered into other competitions or previous Bernina Northland Fashion Awards are ineligible for entry.
  • You cannot enter the same garment into more than one category.
  • You must provide your own mannequin or dress stand for each garment you enter.
  • Organisers reserve the right to re-categorise a garment or to omit it from the event.
  • Organisers reserve the right to combine categories or to omit categories if there are 3 or fewer entries into any category.
  • Organisers reserve the right to split categories if entry numbers within a category are 15 or greater.
  • This year’s event is being voted on by the public, so the voting result is final.
  • The event is being staged from Saturday 28th September, through until Sunday 13th October 2024.  You will be allocated a display space at a business premises within the Whangarei CBD and town basin vicinity.  You are responsible for delivering and setting up your garment, and retrieving the garment again at the conclusion of the event.  Garments are to be set up on Friday 27th September and removed on Monday 14th October.
  • Correct contact details are essential, including email and cell phone, so organisers can contact you with the details of your display address. If your contact details change, please email with an update.

Photography and other Recordings

  • Professional photography will be taken while garments are on display and are then available for purchase from the photographer after the event.
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