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Our Nation’s Children winners announced for historic trip of a lifetime

11 August 2016

Our Nation’s Children winners announced for historic trip of a lifetime

NZ artist Lisa Reihana, Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus and Director Corporate Affairs Westpac Sue Foley

Launched in 2013, Our Nation’s Children is a Waitangi Treaty Grounds initiative supported by Westpac which aims to encourage more young Kiwis to visit Waitangi - the nation’s most important historic site.

The four winning pieces of art were selected from a total of 75 submitted by schools from around the country with each piece accompanied by an explanation from the artist.

Ideas were expressed using a range of different media including illustration, painting, digital design, collage, printing, wood carving and video.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus says he’s delighted with the response to the competition and quality of entries.

“The young people who entered have demonstrated a depth of thought about what Waitangi means to them that is both surprising and refreshing. I am really looking forward to welcoming the winning artists and their classmates to Waitangi in the near future.”

“It was clear from the high standard of entries that our young people have passionate views around their country and their people which is extremely heartening “ says Sue Foley, Director Corporate Affairs Westpac.

The competition opened in March before being judged at Westpac’s head office in Auckland last week by a panel including multi-disciplinary artist and Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana, Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus and Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Foley.

Each winning trip, worth up to $10,000 per school, includes three nights’ accommodation for one class from the four winning schools, 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.

The four winning art works will be exhibited at the new Museum of Waitangi between now and December.


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