Our Nation’s Children Art competition winners have travelled to the Bay of Islands to enjoy three days packed with activities.
Students from Otahuhu College, Long Bay College, Palmerston North Girls High School and Campion College (Gisborne) visited the Bay of Islands in November and December.
Our Nation’s Children is a Waitangi Treaty Grounds initiative supported by Westpac which aims to encourage more young Kiwis to visit Waitangi - the nation’s most important historic site.
Our Nation’s Children first project was a Movie Competition for intermediate students in 2014.
The Art Competition was launched in 2015 alongside the Bay of Islands Education Network, a service for schools to organise class trips to the Bay of Islands.
Since Our Nation’s Children was launched in 2013 the number of school children visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds has increased from 3000 to 5000 students per year.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Chief Executive Greg McManus said, “Our Nation’s Children has been a huge success for us and has really raised the profile of the Treaty Grounds as a destination for visiting school groups. All of this has been possible through the generous sponsorship of Westpac and we are very grateful for this support.”
Westpac Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, said, “Our aim was always to get as many young people as possible to experience the wonderful surrounds that make up the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and we congratulate all those involved who have made this such a successful campaign.”
Each Art Competition winning trip, worth up to $10,000 per school, included three nights’ accommodation for one class from the four winning schools, meals, an educational experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, and an itinerary planned and booked by the Bay of Islands Education Network.