The New Zealand High Commission says the competition will help encourage local children to learn more about the history of the Anzacs and World War One.
Students from years 11 to 13 from across the country will be speaking on the subject, Impact of WW1 on the 500 Cook Islands soldiers.
“The competition hopes to encourage and inspire the creative talents of young people and provide a platform for students to deepen their understanding of the significance of WW1 and its impact on the 500 Cook Islands soldiers who served,” a High Commission news release said.
The contest finalists will have to impress the judges who include representatives from the New Zealand High Commission, Ministry of Education, the Cook Islands Police Service and the Cook Islands Returned Services Association.
“The winning students will join competition winners from Niue, Samoa and Tonga to attend the New Zealand commemoration of the Battle of Somme in France in September.”
Participants will also receive a certificate of participation.
Results will be announced at the ANZAC Day dawn service on April 25 and in CI News.
“A prizegiving will be held at Ngatipa in early May, together with the prize giving for primary schools ANZAC essay competition,” the media release said.
Members of the public are also invited to attend the event.
The speech competition is organised by the New Zealand High Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Cook Islands Police Service and the Cook Islands Returned Services Association.