The creative handiwork of four secondary school students has earned them and their classmates a jam-packed weekend away to experience Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.
The students from Otahuhu College, Long Bay College, Campion College (Gisborne), and Palmerston North Girls High School entered the Our Nation’s Children Art Competition which tasked Year 9 and 10 students to create a piece of art around what the Treaty of Waitangi meant to them.
Launched in 2013, 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.
The four winning pieces of art were selected from a total of 75 submitted by schools from around the country with each piece accompanied by an explanation from the artist.
Ideas were expressed using a range of different media including illustration, painting, digital design, collage, printing, wood carving and video.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus says he’s delighted with the response to the competition and quality of entries.
“The young people who entered have demonstrated a depth of thought about what Waitangi means to them that is both surprising and refreshing. I am really looking forward to welcoming the winning artists and their classmates to Waitangi in the near future.”
The competition opened in March before being judged at Westpac’s head office in Auckland last week by a panel including multi-disciplinary artist and Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana, Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus and Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Foley.
“It was clear from the high standard of entries that our young people have passionate views around their country and their people which is extremely heartening," says Sue Foley.
Each winning trip, worth up to $10,000 per school, includes three nights’ accommodation for one class from the four winning schools, 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.
The four winning art works will be exhibited at the new Museum of Waitangi between now and December.
For more information about Our Nation’s Children and the Art Competition please visit www.waitangi.org.nz.
The winning pieces
'Blinded by Ignorance' by Bea Terreblanche from Long Bay college
'The Girl and the Treaty' by Kaia Reuben from Palmerston North Girls High School
'Blind to Waitangi' by Daisy Smale from Campion College
'Whakapapa' by Fahdil Ali from Otahuhu College
Highly commended pieces
'At the Table' by Sophia Fotheringham from Kerikeri High School
'Tāku Oho Oho' by Jahnae Philips from Palmerston North Girls High School
'Who Would I Be' by Seiara Isaia from Taita College
'The Collision of Cultures' by Annabel Orwin-Higgs from Palmerston North Girls High School