Our Nation’s Children Art Competition Launch
03 May 2016
Our Nation’s Children – an initiative of the Waitangi National Trust and supported
by Westpac – started in 2013 with the goal of encouraging more visitors to the
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.
Both initiatives were officially launched by the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon
Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Government House in Auckland this afternoon.
Waitangi National Trust CEO, Greg McManus, said the project is all about inspiring and
educating the next generation of New Zealanders to know and understand the
history of the birthplace of New Zealand, and encourage more people to visit.
“It would be great if, through this initiative, we are able to encourage more
schools to consider visiting Waitangi and the Bay of Islands as part of the
school curriculum or even to make it a destination for their annual school
camp,” he said.
Westpac Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Foley said Waitangi is very precious to the
history of New Zealand and it’s important for young Kiwis to stay connected to
“We’re proud to support the Waitangi National Trust and their great work to enable
more children to experience the Treaty Grounds and local area first hand,” she
Multi-disciplinary artist and Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana attended the launch asone of the official judges of the art competition.
“My work draws inspiration from Aotearoa, Pacific histories, and colonial
encounters,” she said. “This competition is important because through a creative
investigation of our shared recent past we understand humanity better.”
Through the support of Westpac, the three best artworks will each win a school trip
valued at $10,000 to visit Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The School trip
itinerary will be planned and booked by the Bay of Islands Education Network.
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.
The prize includes 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’ will open on 2 May 2016 and close
on 1 July 2016. 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. Full terms and conditions will be available
from 2 May 2016.
For more information about Our Nation’s Children or to register for the
competition, please visit the www.waitangi.org.nz website.