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A heart warming essay competition

Along with Southern Seabirds trust, we ran a quiet competition for the best essay on ‘Your favourite southern seabird’  through The Informer. The winning prize was a trip to Wellington for two to include a guided tour to Te Papa.
 |  Pauline Stewart  | 

The details for this competition came through The Informer with the weekly adverts about a particular seabird written by a different identity each week. This provided information and interest and brought about a flow of entries.

It was intentionally not pushed through schools so as to not make it a compulsory or simply an academic exercise. It was to be a task and opportunity taken up by children voluntarily.

We have been amazed at the knowledge and love that the children and young people of Coromandel Peninsula have of their sea birds.

The fine work of the Southern Seabirds Co-ordinator, Ann Ward was a big help in so many ways. The most entries were from Te Rerenga School – their Principal chose to encourage entry into the essay competition and many took up the challenge. There were entries from most local schools.

The runners up were so very close in points to Sophie’s essay. Congratulations to Reiver Wallace from Whenuakite School, who wrote his essay on the Tamaki-crested penguin, and to Isla Evans of Te Rerenga who wrote ‘Blues – a little blue penguin’.

Special mention goes to Raewyn Wallace of Whenuakite School who was the youngest writer at age 7 years. Raewyn chose the Albatross. This has been a fun and heart-warming sponsorship role.