Introduction

Creativity, vibrancy and strong conservation messages were portrayed throughout in this year's winning entries in the Seaweek kids pictures and stories competition.

Date:  16 March 2012

Creativity, vibrancy and strong conservation messages were portrayed throughout in this year’s winning entries in the Seaweek kids pictures and stories competition.

The competition aimed at kids 3 to 12 years attracted 120 entries for the Gisborne East Coast and 50 for Eastern Bay of Plenty. 

Judges looked for pictures and stories with creativity, clearly expressing how important the sea was to them and what we can do to protect it says Seaweek Regional Co-ordinator, Trudi Ngawhare. 

“This year’s entries had the judges stressed, it was a difficult job to judge these wonderful pictures and stories” says Ms Ngawhare.

Voucher prizes were awarded to the following winners:

Gisborne East Coast 

  • Preschool (3-5 years) $20 voucher– Helen Evans Age 5 from Tolaga Bay Area School
  • Junior (6-8 years) $40 voucher  – Robin Broadstock Age 8 from Te Hapara School  and Sophie Hemmington Age 7
  • Senior (9-12 years) $40 voucher –Yana Maka Age 9 from Whangara School

Eastern Bay of Plenty

  • Preschool (3-5 years) $20 voucher– Niamh Steens Age 5
  • Junior (6-8 years) $40 voucher  – Lilly Schlephers Age 6 and Te Kura o Kutarere (Tawhio, Poroa, Harmony, Jermayne, Samuel, Tiare and Chance combined effort)
  • Senior (9-12 years) $40 voucher – Jayden Hohaia, Te kura o Kutarere

Judges were impressed with the conservation messages including;

“…. My uncle likes going on his boat he throws the little ones back for his grandsons and I will do it for my grandsons..” Robin Broadstock 8 years, Te Hapara School (1st equal 6-8 years) likes fishing with his uncle.

“…We are kaitiaki and we look after Tangaroa just like Tangaroa protects us” Ariani Kerekere-Ratapu, Age 11, Whangara School.

“….I hope people will look after all our moanas then we will be able to eat, swim, play, and enjoy our moana as I do for generations to come …” Johnie Rose Hurtil, Age 12

“…If I were a fish I would want clean water so I can stay alive…” Joseph Doogue, Age 5

“We love getting food from the sea and it’s a cool place to play. This was mentioned in many entries, but the sea is much more than that. The ocean plays a vital part in providing for the well-being of all living organisms whether in the sea or on the land.”

“But as our children mention, we are upsetting the balance through overfishing and pollution. Our children’s message is clear each of us needs to do our part to protect our ocean, let’s clean up our act!” says Ms Ngawhare.

Contact

Trudi Ngawhare, phone: +64 6 869 0487

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