Speaking 4 The Planet

​​​Our Papatūānuku National Art & Literature Student Competition 2022

This is a very special and inaugural competition to ensure our kids voices are heard, both their love and their concerns for Mother Earth. This will be a high profile competition with the winner's art & literature going into a gorgeous book to represent our kiwi youth voice at COP 27 (United Nations Climate Change Conference), in Egypt November 2022. 

This competition also fits well with the school curriculum through;
- Visual Arts
- Creative Writing
- English
- Education for Sustainability
- Environmental Education
- Climate Change Learning Programme


Registration opens 1st April.
Launch on Mother's Day, Sunday 8th May
Competition Starts Monday 9th May
Entries received by 8th July, end of Term 2.
Winners announced 1st August.

​Book goes to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 7-18 November 2022.

Judges and Supporters

We are announcing our special judges over the next month or so. We can announce these exciting and amazing Judges now:

“I'm really looking forward to checking out the creative entries from the students.”   Tiki Taane

"What a fantastic initiative I am honoured to be involved"      Dr Mike Joy.

Tiki Taane                           - Musician and Producer

Dr Mike Joy                        - Freshwater Ecologist, Science Communicator and Environmental Activist

Dr Natalie Robinson         - Marine Physicist specialising in Polar Oceanography

​William Trubridge             - Double World Record Holding Freediver
Ezra Whittaker                   - Illustrator/Designer/Creative Generalist
Flox (Hayley King)             - Aerosol and Stencil Artist
​Dr Colin Meurk ONZM      - Ecologist, Grass-roots Environmentalist, Researcher, Teacher and Our Flourish Science Advisor
Dr Catherine Knight          - Writer, Researcher and Environmental Historian

​Sarina Dickson                  - Children's Book Author, including The Fairies Night Before Christmas & Wishes and Worries

We are thankful to our friends and supporters including Catalyse and Speaking for The Planet. 

Email us connect@flourish.org.nz and we will send you a short form to fill in or click the registration button.

Categories include Art (Graphic, Illustration & Mixed Media) and Literature (Poetry & Letters; Dear Our Other Mother). The maximum entries from any school is 15 entries. For many schools it will make sense to run your own in-school competition to find your best works to send to the main competition. 

Following full registration, we will send you resources that will aid you and your students participation. The pack will also include instructions for all categories and a consent form.

Fees and Sponsorship

We need to raise $10 000 to run this competition through fees and sponsorship.

Individual Students $25

Primary Schools      $200

High Schools           $250

100% of fees and donations goes to organisation, promotion, producing resources and administration of this national competition.

This project is undertaken predominantly by volunteers! A special thanks to our judges, helpers and supporters.

Click here to Donate

Click here to Register

Download the Competition Poster to share around your school and Community!

An Art & Literature Competition for Young People passionate about our Planet.

Artwork by Ezra Whittaker Powley

​Lent to Our Papatūānuku 

by Trees That Count

Ezra is also one of our Judges!