Tasman District Council is seeking artistic creations from children in the District for its first Christmas e-card – with cool prizes on offer for the top entries.

The Council has decided not to send physical Christmas cards this year to reduce waste and emissions. Instead it will email an e-card designed by the winner of its Christmas card design competition.

The competition is open to children up the age of 13 living in Tasman District, with entries closing on Sunday 8 December.

Community Relations Manager Chris Choat said the Council was serious in its commitment to respond to climate change.

“We’re looking at every opportunity to reduce the waste and emissions our organisation produces, so this year we’re opting not to print a lot of cardboard that will need to be transported to letterboxes.

“Plus, we think a design by one of our young residents will be much more meaningful to recipients than a generic Christmas card would be.”

Entry forms can be picked up from any Tasman District Council office or library, or downloaded from the website.