Poetry Shelf noticeboard: secondary school writing competition

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The competition — what’s involved

Secondary students are required to respond to or interpret an image from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and produce either:

  • a piece of creative writing
  • an illustrated graphic story, or
  • a written song/waiata.

Entries can be in English or te reo Māori.

This year’s theme is Tuia Encounters 250, which acknowledges 250 years since the beginning of sustained onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans in Aotearoa New Zealand. The commemoration is also about telling the stories and histories of the Māori communities who had been established in Aotearoa for hundreds of years and had voyaging traditions of their own.



details here

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