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National Competitions 2017

Regional Competitions 2017



National Competitions 2017:

Instagram Photographic Competition – My Seaweek Special Place

Follow @nzaeeseaweek on Instagram and post a photo and caption (20 words max) that illustrates the place you have a special connection with and what you are doing to help keep our seas healthy. This includes learning about and experiencing your local coastal environment. You must follow @nzaeeseaweek and tag your photos #seaweek2017 to enter.

Entries will be shared on Seaweek’s Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as Instagram.

Competition runs from Wednesday 1 February to midnight Friday 24 February – CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY 5 MARCH! No late entries will be considered and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries are the property of NZAEE Seaweek and may be used for publicity purposes.

1st Prize – Young Ocean Explorers branded mask and snorkel set plus blunt umbrella and Young Ocean Explorers “Love Our Ocean” book, plus random spot prizes. Sponsored by Young Ocean Explorers.



Congratulations to Sandra Rolls @sandrarolls who wins a Young Ocean Explorers prize pack for her fabulous entries in this year’s Instagram competition.


National Children’s Poetry Competition

Write a Haiku (俳句 high-koo) 3-line poem inspired by the Seaweek 2017 theme “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas – Healthy People and illustrate it with an image.

Email entries with your age and contact details to
Image must be attached to the email in JPG format with the poem text separate from the image in the email. No other formats can be accepted. Please DO NOT send Word documents, PDFs or combination word/image files produced by an app.

Competition runs from Wednesday 1 February to midnight Friday 17 February 2017. No late entries will be considered and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries are the property of NZAEE Seaweek and may be used for publicity purposes.

2 categories: Age 10 and under and Age 11-16.

1st Prize in both categories – Young Ocean Explorers branded mask and snorkel set plus blunt umbrella and Young Ocean Explorers “Love Our Ocean” book. Sponsored by Young Ocean Explorers.

The competition judge will be widely published and performed Pacifica poet Doug Poole, who edits the Blackmail Press Poetry Journal and produced POLYNATION that headlined at literary festivals in Australia and New Zealand in 2008 as well as so much more.

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Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short poems (3 lines long) that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries.

Advice on how to write a Haiku poem can be found here:



National Poetry (Haiku) Competition category age 10 and Under winner is Cameron Roxburgh with his poem:
Magic octopus
Invisible changing
Awesomely Camouflaging

Our judge Doug Poole said “Inventive, fun and clever use of adjectives – is an enjoyable Haiku to read aloud and captures the wonderfully ugly, yet amazingly clever octopus. Well Done Cameron – good work here.”

Congratulations Cameron you win a Young Ocean Explorers prize pack of branded mask, snorkel, blunt umbrella and “Love Our Ocean” book!




National Poetry (Haiku) Competition category age 11-16 winner is Liam Flexman with his poem “Crystal Coastlines”:
Dive down see
the gems surround you
Saffire Moana
Our judge Doug Poole said “I think the imagery here was well done, it captures the beauty of our coastlines hidden beneath the waves. Great use of imagery, you are within the action of the haiku, well done Liam, great use of the Haiku, it should capture a moment in time.”

Congratulations Liam you win a Young Ocean Explorers prize pack of branded mask, snorkel, blunt umbrella and “Love Our Ocean” book!


Fish4all NZ School Essay Competition Seaweek 2017


Write a story telling us how you helped your elder sibling, parent, grandparent, uncle or aunty to download and use the App.
This essay competition is open to students from primary and intermediate schools in NZ and designed to:

  1. Promote the use of the Fish4all Recreational Fishing Reporting App.
  2. Raise awareness about shared sustainable fisheries and how data supports management.
  3. Promote the use of technology to simplify the data collecting process.

Eligibility criteria

  • Any primary and intermediate school in New Zealand.
  • Each class must select their top entry and submit to Fish4all.
  • Fish4all will select the winning entry.
  • Entries are due by 5pm March 31, 2017 and are to be emailed to:

Overall requirement

To persuade and then help their elder sibling, parent, grandparent, uncle or aunty who has (iPhone or Android) a smartphone to download the Fish4all App. To write a short story, report or essay on their experience in helping to download the App and take a selfie of both participants to be included with the entry.
For example:

  • The difficulties in showing them how to download and use the App
  • The savviness of grandparents with phones

As a guide, the essay will be no more than 2,000 words, one A4 typed text page.  And should cover how you raised the subject, where you were, what you did to get them to participate, what did you and they think about the App and what you think could be made simpler.


1st place: A sustainable seafood BBQ cooked for them at the school for the whole class.
2nd place: T-shirt, Plush toy penguin and fishing voucher.
3rd place: Plush toy penguin

Terms and conditions

  • The essay must be one student’s own original work.
  • Entries must state the following:
  • Student’s name
  • Class
  • School
  • Teacher’s name and e-mail for correspondence
  • Entries will be judged using the following assessment criteria. The writer:
      • has considered how to capture and maintain the interest of the audience.
      • demonstrates understanding of the app download process.
      • describes how it was to talk about the app and sustainable fishing with their elder.
      • has included a message about the importance of sustainable fishing.
  • Submit essays and selfies electronically to
  • An overall summary review of the entries will be provided by Fish4all via the Seaweek website.
  • A Fish4all panel will judge the entries and the decision of the judges is final.
  • The winning and runner up essays will be published by the end June 2017 on

Download Fish4all essay competition instructions by clicking here


Sammie’s Seaweek Colouring Competition

Download an entry form by clicking here and download the image to colour in by clicking here.

Win a copy of Joanne McDougall’s beautiful picture book A Southern Tale. If you get your school class to join in you could win a copy for your school too!

Closing date: Thursday 2 March 2017 – completed forms and images must be returned to Dunedin City Library, PO Box 5542, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058. Winners will be notified on Friday 3 March.

Open to all children aged 7 and under (anywhere in New Zealand).


We have TWO winners for our Sammie’s Sea Week colouring competition, thanks to the generosity of Young Ocean Explorers, the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust and author Joanne McDougall: Rana Waby, age 5, from Outram School and Jari Feldmeier, age 9, from Karitane School.
Rana will receive a copy of Joanne McDougall’s beautiful book “A Southern Tale” (available to purchase from University Book Shop and the Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin), and a copy of “I See a Sea Lion!” by Louise Chilvers (available through the Department of Conservation). Rana has also won a copy of “A Southern Tale” for her school library. Well done, Rana!
Jari will receive the fantastic book “Love our Ocean” by Young Ocean Explorers Steve and Riley Hathaway (, and a copy of the DVD “New Zealand Sea Lions”. Jari has won a copy of “Love our Ocean” for his school library. Great job, Jari!
Thank you to the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust, Joanne McDougall and Young Ocean Explorers for these fabulous prizes!


Ocean Drop – Biodiversity Colour Competition

During Seaweek EMR will run an ocean in a drop colour competition, completed entries to be posted on the EMR facebook page, we will have a lucky draw to win a micromollusc necklace. Download the poster from and post your entry to




Regional Competitions 2017:


Seaweek Kids Colouring Competition – Tairawhiti / Gisborne / East Coast

Celebrate Seaweek! We ‘Coasties’ are so lucky to live and play by the sea. So go CRAZY! Get colouring!
Send your colourful creation by 13 March 2017 into Koka Trudz, Department of Conservation PO box 668, Gisborne 4040 or drop into 63 Carnavon St, Gisborne to be in the draw to win a Seaweek Prize Pack!

Download the image to colour in by clicking here.



Congratulations to the Tairawhiti / Gisborne / East Coast Winners of a Seaweek Prize Pack!

  • Zoe Newman, Age 8 from Motu School, Motu.
  • Mahaki Ashford, Age 5 from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, Hicks Bay.
  • Putere School, Raupunga.

Well done to everyone who entered and thank you for celebrating Seaweek with us!


Northland EMR / Seaweek Action Competition

Post a video clip of  your ‘action’ to protect the marine environment on the EMR facebook page  to be in to win a place on the EMR annual Poor Knight trip. More details on Entries accepted from Northland only.

Date: 25 February-25 March 2017




Micro-Mollusc Hunt Competition – Northland

About 75% of NZ molluscs are less than 10mm long when adult. Micro-molluscs are very elegantly shaped and can be found washed up on our sandy shores. To celebrate Seaweek we are asking you to join us on the hunt for ‘teenies’. You may find them washed up at high tide near the rocky shore. Send your teeny collection (under 10mm only) to Experiencing Marine Reserves to go in the draw to win your own micro mollusc locket necklace (2 to be won, one Northland and one national draw).

Conditions: No collecting shells from the shores of marine reserves (or other MPA with special rules about shell collecting), no live specimens (dead beach cast only) and only send specimens found around the beaches of NZ. Your entries will be kept by EMR as a fundraising and educational initiative. We will email you a micro mollucs ID chart in return and you could win your own locket necklace (no promises that it will be made up of the same teenies you collected though, but you will be able to add your own).

Send your entry by March 25 2017 (to go in the draw, but you can send anytime) with your name, age and email address to: Experiencing Marine Reserves, 539 Rockell Rd, RD1 Hikurangi, Whangarei.

Location: Any beach that is not a Marine Protected Area (marine reserve).

Cost: Free

Contact: EMR: 539 Rockell Rd, RD1 Hikurangi, Whangarei


Seaweek Sand Sculpture Competition – Auckland

Express your creativity at our Cornwallis sand sculpture competition after helping us clean-up the Manukau Harbour!

Come to the Cornwallis registration station for the Manukau Harbour Clean-up on Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10am, explore the marine themed activities and stalls and join in the sand sculpture competition. Judging is at 1pm.

3 categories. Theme for your sculpture: “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – healthy seas, healthy people“.

Adult – win a Kilwell Smoker

Junior (16 and under) – win a New Zealand Geographic subscription

Family – win a night in the Whatipu Bach for up to 6 people (worth $160)

Plus the “people’s choice” award by popular vote – win $100 from the Friends of Regional Parks.

Prizes kindly donated by Kilwell Sports, Whatipu Lodge and Campground, New Zealand Geographic and Friends of Regional Parks.

This event is sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.


Creative Arts Napier Driftwood Sculpture Exhibition and Competition

From 27  February to 9 March 2017

At the CAN, 16 Byron Street, Napier.

Phone Christine Heaney 06-835-9448 for entry details.




Canterbury 2017 Seaweek Poetry Competition

Big shout out to all Canterbury poets! Enter the 2017 Seaweek Poetry Competition

The theme is Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata; Healthy Seas, Healthy People

There’s something about being a New Zealander …. we’re drawn to the sea! Not hard to see why when you look at a map of our long, skinny islands surrounded by a beautiful deep ocean. The movement of waves on the sand and rocks, can be mesmerising or inspiring as can the play of Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa harbour. The ocean, its moods and the life it nurtures have been themes of poetry for many ….. what poetry does it inspire in you?

Write a poem that reflects the theme of Seaweek and be in to win fabulous Sea-themed prizes.
There are four categories:

  • Pre-school – an acrostic poem ⱡ
  • Schools * (Primary, Intermediate and Secondary)
  • Adult open category
  • Te Reo (Open to all ages but if you are at school please state your age).

* Limited to six entries per ECEs & schools

Write an acrostic poem with pre-schoolers using the phrase ‘Healthy Seas’ or ‘Toiora te moana’ and draw a picture to go with the poem. You could begin by reading stories about the sea and/or take the children on a walk along a beach. Follow up by creating a word-wall as a support for children looking for words for their poem. At home, you can brainstorm different words together that fit the theme of your acrostic before sitting down to write and draw.

All entries must be 400 words or less,

Please submit by 4pm Tuesday 21st February 2017 using the official form

Winners will be notified and announced at on Wednesday 1st March. The winning poems in each category will be shared via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and written announcements with authors being acknowledged and retaining copyright of their work.


Create a New Ocean Animal Competition

To launch the House of Science Marine Studies Topic and be involved with Seaweek 2017, we asking local students to design their own, new and exiting ocean going animal. Marine organisms have adapted to a great diversity of habitats and distinctive environmental conditions. Student entries must include details of how their animal is designed for ocean living to be considered for a prize. Students can draw a picture or create a 3D model of their animal. Pictures can be no larger than A3 and models no bigger than 40cm long, 30 cm wide and 30 cm tall. Two winners from two different age categories will each receive a digital microscope/camera.

Entries are open from 30 January until 24 February 2017.

Winners will be announced during Seaweek, 25th February – 5th March 2017. We hope to have as many entries as possible on display at House of Science, 1/100 Grey Street, Tauranga during this time.

All entries must have the House of Science Entry form details completed.

Contact: Lindsey Morgan email: Ph: (07) 571-0711


DOC Seaweek Drawing Competition – Canterbury

Marine mammals and marine reserves are something very special that we have in and around Banks Peninsula. Draw your best picture of these including other interesting sea themes, and be in with the chance to win! First prize in each category, a trip out on the DOC boat to visit the marine reserves with Department of Conservation field officer Tom MacTavish, followed a fish & chip meal from ‘Murphy’s on the Corner’. Second prize in each category, a $50 Little River voucher.

Criteria: Create your marine mammal or marine reserve based artwork in colour or in black & white. Paper to be sized A4 and artwork in a 2D format. Include age (as at 1st January 2017), phone number and address on reverse of drawing. A description of drawing may also be included on the reverse.

Age groups:
5-7yrs 8-12yrs 13-16yrs 17+

Entries dates: Open for entry now
Close date 4.00pm, Friday 17th February 2017

Entries to:
• Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa
• Little River Craft Station
• Posted (no folds) to P.O. Box 166, Akaroa 7542

1st Prize for each category:
A Fish & Chip meal from Murphy’s on the Corner, and a Harbour Trip on the DOC boat to visit the marine reserves and wildlife with DOC Akaroa Field Officer Tom MacTavish on Saturday 5th March.

2nd Prize for each category:
$50 voucher from the Little River Gallery

Winners will be notified by phone and be announced on the Akaroa & the Bays Facebook page on Saturday 25th February 2017.
** Please note the winner from the 5-7 age group will have a parent or guardian join them on the cruise.

Free entry.

Contact: Rebecca email: Ph: (03) 304-7816

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