Our Nation's Children

A nationwide student art competition was launched on 30 March 2016 by the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, as part of an initiative aimed at having every child visit Waitangi before they leave school to better understand New Zealand’s heritage.

Our Nation's Children – an initiative of the Waitangi National Trust and supported by Westpac – started in 2013 with the goal to inspire and educate the next generation of New Zealanders to know and understand the history of the birthplace of New Zealand, and encourage more people to visit Waitangi and Northland.

As part of its campaign for 2016, Our Nation's Children is encouraging Year 9 and 10 students from around the country to create art that responds to the ongoing significance of Waitangi. The three best entries will be showcased at the newly opened Museum of Waitangi and will win a school trip (up to $10,000 per school) to Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.

Waitangi National Trust also officially introduced the Bay of Islands Education Network, a new service for schools to organise class trips to the Bay of Islands.

About Our Nation's Children National Art Competition

Our Nation's Children Art Competition is aimed at Year 9 and 10 students and will be held during the second term of 2016. The competition theme is: "What does the Treaty of Waitangi mean to you?"

Entries can be created in the following visual media: paint, pencil, ink, collage, charcoal, pastel, photographic, and digital media. Entrants will be invited to submit photos or scans of the artwork, with shortlisted finalists invited to submit the original artwork for consideration by the judging panel.

The prize include three nights’ accommodation for one class from each of the winning schools, all meals, an educational experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Waitangi Museum and an itinerary planned and booked by the Bay of Islands Education Network. Activities may include a visit to the Kauri Museum, Pompallier Mission, Russell Museum, Kerikeri Mission Station, tall ship sailing, a waka trip, dolphin swimming and kayaking.

Entries for 'Our Nation’s Children Art Competition' open on 2 May 2016 and close on 1 July 2016.

Full terms & Conditions

Competition form (PDF)

Competition form (Word doc)

Entrants must complete and submit a competition form with accompanying digital copy of the artwork by email to: . For more information please refer to the Terms & Conditions


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