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$30,000 Movie Competition winners announced

15 May 2014

$30,000 Movie Competition winners announced

Putaruru College, Tamaki Primary (Panmure - Auckland), and Christchurch South Intermediate School have been named the three winners of the Our Nation’s Children Movie Competition.

Our Nation’s Children – an initiative of the Waitangi National Trust and supported by Westpac – asked intermediate age students from around the country to produce a video based on the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealanders today, for a chance to win.

Entries were judged on the basis of movie visuals, audio, editing skills, story/script and overall effectiveness.

Each school has won a class trip to Waitangi worth $10,000 with activities including three nights’ accommodation, meals, an educational experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a Dolphin Viewing/Hole in the Rock Cruise, a visit to Pompallier Mission in Russell, a sailing trip on the R Tucker Thompson schooner, a waka experience and an eco-scavenger hunt.

Academy Award-winning movie producer and director Andrew Adamson NZOM (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia, Mr Pip) judged the competition and says he is inspired by the idea of reconnecting Kiwi kids with their history.

He had some great feedback for each of the winning entries.

Putaruru College: “This entry was a very imaginative piece with a strong narrative. It was informative and humorous, yet also dramatic and emotional. They showed a good understanding for technique with great use of mixed media, music and effects. Their ideas were conveyed clearly and in an engaging and entertaining way.”

Tamaki Primary School: “This entry showed a good understanding of a documentary style presentation. They made good use of images and found footage. It was informative and showed a good understanding of the issues. I was impressed that this film included a call to action and participation.”

Christchurch South Intermediate: “This entry used an inventive contemporary premise as a device to convey their message. The visual effects techniques were wisely implemented to give more scope and they utilized multiple camera angles and editing well. They made good use of humour as way to convey a serious message.”

Our Nation’s Children was launched in November 2013 with the aim of having every child visit Waitangi to better understand New Zealand’s heritage, before they leave school.

The three winning movies are available for viewing at:

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