Click the registration button on the right or email us and we will send you a short

form to fill in.

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 a great Resource Pack that will aid you and your students participation. The 26 page pack includes instructions for all categories, information, research links and a consent form.

Entry Koha
We are a charity and rely on funding and donations. 100% of these donations goes to organisation, promotion, producing resources and administration of this national competition.

Individual Students $25
Primary Schools      $200
High Schools           $250

We are fortunate to be able to offer some sponsored places for students and a couple of schools. 

We have special sponsorship available for Our Papatūānuku High School Literature Categories:
Written Literature – Letter: Dear Our Papatūānuku, is our letter format. Letter demonstrates the informal format, has a personal first-person narrative to ‘someone’ they care about and have a relationship to. Sign off with ’A Kiwi Kid’ or similar. Maximum of 350 for High School.

Written Literature – Poem: Play with the elements of rich language — rhyme, rhythm, shape, form, and imagery — and use them to communicate an emotion, a viewpoint, a thought. Original song lyrics are accepted. Maximum of 150 words.

If you have one or two students that would get a lot out of entering, then please put them forward for potential sponsorship. Let us know why in two sentences by email.

Email us for details 

Speaking 4 The Planet

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

This is a very special competition to ensure our kids voices are heard, both their love and their concerns for Mother Earth. This is a meaningful competition with the winner's art & literature going into a gorgeous book to represent our kiwi youth voice at COP 28 (United Nations Climate Change Conference), in Dubai November 2023. 

The 2022 pilot competition went extremely well and we had schools and individuals participating across the motu. We didn't make it to COP27 but we have good plans for COP28. The beautiful book is made and will be given to all student winners.

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 2023
Launch on Mother's Day, Sunday 14th May
Competition Starts Monday 15th May
Entries received by 30th June, end of Term 2.
Winners announced 4th August.

​Book goes to Dubai, UAE, 7-18 November 2022.

Our Judges
We are excited and fortunate to have some really special judges!

“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.

This project is undertaken predominantly by volunteers! ​We are thankful to our friends and supporters including Catalyse and Speaking for The Planet and a special thanks to our judges.

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

Artwork by Ezra Whittaker Powley

​Lent to Our Papatūānuku 

by Trees That Count for 2022

Ezra is also one of our Judges!



Our Papatuanuku 2022