Competition

Neologisms, oxymorons and onomatopoeia will test sagacious orthographers

Nineteen of New Zealand’s top young orthographers will be challenged with difficult words as they battle to become the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion this Saturday. Year 9 and 10 students competing at the event’s national final at City Gallery have emerged from hundreds of entries from secondary schools and colleges around New Zealand …

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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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Thriving Wellington resident kererū voted Bird of the Year

The kereru or wood pigeon, which is thriving in Wellington with a stable population, has been declared 2018 Bird of the Year for the first time.   Photo by Craig McKenzie Described as “in some trouble” on the Bird of the Year site, the kererū received 5833 votes in the public competition to fly to …

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Video poem wins trip to Guangzhou for young Wellingtonian

Catharina Lee wrote her first poem, made her first video and became one of five winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to Southern China’s gateway city of Guangzhou. Entries in the competition for New Zealand Chinese Language Week, sponsored by China Southern Airlines and the Guangzhou Tourism Bureau, were required to be submitted via video on …

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