Tamaki Primary School was the first of three national Our Nation’s Children Movie Competition prize winners to visit Waitangi and the Bay of Islands last week.
Tamaki Primary (Panmure - Auckland), Putaruru College, and Christchurch South Intermediate School were the three winners of the competition which was held during the first term of this year.
Our Nation’s Children is an initiative of the Waitangi National Trust and supported by Westpac. Intermediate age students from around the country were asked to produce a video based on the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealanders today. Entries were judged by Academy Award-winning movie producer and director Andrew Adamson NZOM (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia, Mr Pip).
Each school won a class trip to Waitangi worth $10,000 with activities including three nights’ accommodation, meals, an educational experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a Dolphin Viewing/Hole in the Rock Cruise, a visit to Pompallier Mission and Russell Museum in Russell, a kayaking trip and a waka experience.
Our Nation’s Children was launched in November 2013, with the aim of encouraging every child to visit Waitangi to better understand New Zealand’s heritage, before they leave school.
Tamaki Primary School Principal, Rhonda Kelly, said: “This has been a wonderful journey for our children. For many of them this was their first visit to the Bay of Islands and they are just buzzing with excitement. Each and every one of them has made a real connection with Waitangi”.
Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, said it’s vital young people know the story of the Treaty of Waitangi and get to experience the Treaty Grounds first hand to bring it to life.
“This has no doubt been an amazing experience for the Tamaki Primary School students and one they will remember for a long time. Hopefully as they return home and tell their friends and family about it, the word will continue to spread and we'll see more young Kiwis follow and experience it for themselves. Westpac is proud to support and be a part of seeing our next generation visit Waitangi.”
Check out this video Tamaki Primary School but together on their adventures up north:
The three winning school movies are available here.