Young people express their fears for our Papatūānuku/Mother Earth

The competition invited school students to submit a letter to or poem about Papatūānuku or a piece of art using graphic design, illustration or mixed media.

An inaugural competition for youth to express their care and concerns for Our Papatūānuku/Mother Earth has announced the winning entries from across the motu. The judges and organisers were very impressed with the calibre of the entries and knowledge of covid and climate impact.

Dr Mike Joy who was involved in judging the illustration category says, “I’m blown away by them (entries) but it’s bittersweet. I’m deeply saddened that at that age they know this stuff and how much Covid has dominated their lives. They are amazing, it was very hard to narrow down as the quality is so high.”

Schools across the motu had added challenges of the pandemic and resurgence of omicron. “We heard from schools in Christchurch that on top of teachers and students off with Covid, they had added flu, D&V and in one East Christchurch school meningitis. Some schools let us know that they had to pull out but were very keen to be involved next time,” Michelle Whitaker, Flourish Kia Puāwai, who organised the competition, says.

“Even with the additional challenges we got a good number of schools and home-schoolers engaged for our inaugural year. We were especially inundated with illustrations, got a great number of poems and received enough graphic art, mixed media and letters to judge well.

“Our Papatūānuku competition was launched on Mother’s Day this year, with the competition inviting school students to submit a letter to or poem about Papatūānuku or a piece of art using graphic design, illustration or mixed media.”

Whitaker, Co-Director of Flourish Kia Puāwai created the competition for five to 18 year-old to share their voice from Aotearoa to the world for a book that will be presented to COP 27 November 2022, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Winning entries:

Mixed Media Indigo Kluiters YR 2-3 Wainui Beach School, Gisborne
Georgina Matapakia YR 6-8 Ferguson Intermediate, Otara, Auckland
Nina YR 9-10 Green School, Taranaki
Maia Bouras YR 11-13 St Catherine’s College, Wellington
Illustration Zoë Kluiters YR 4-5 Wainui Beach School, Gisborne
Angelica Zhang YR 9-10 Kingsway School, Auckland
Karla de Wet YR 11-13 Kingsway School, Auckland
Graphic Art Minaa Wong YR 6-8 Remuera Intermediate, Auckland
Evie Sellen YR 9-10 Green School, Taranaki
Poetry Bill Kelly YR 4-5 Home School, Brooklyn, Wellington
Wanisha Besharati YR 6-8 Remuera Intermediate, Auckland
Oliver Marsh YR 9-10 New Plymouth Boy’s High School, New Plymouth
Letter Tristan Jayasuriya YR 6-8 Remuera Intermediate, Auckland

 

All winning entries will be published on Flourish Kia Puāwai’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FlourishKiaPuawai

Information on the competition can be found at https://www.flourish.org.nz/our-other-mother.html

ENDS.