This year’s competition focused on writing memoirs in English and Maori. Around 120 entries arrived from schools throughout Rarotonga with nearly 10 per cent from the outer islands.
Prizes were kindly donated by Bounty Books, Tricia Thompson of Aroakainga Bungalows, and Ina and John Herrmann.
The judges of the English sections, Miria Kietonga and Rachel Smith, said it was a privilege to read the entries. They said many made them laugh, and many made them cry.
Winning stories will be published in CINews soon.
Results: Year 7-8: Maori - Kent Baxter (Apii Avarua) 1. English:
English - highly commended: Ngatupuna Kae (Nukutere College), Skyla Kaiaruna (Apii Nikao);
third: Tivaknoa Solomone (Apii Nikao); second: Manea Ave (Nukutere); First: Baila Moana Tua, (Titikaveka).
Year 9-10: Maori - highly commended: Makua Nikoia and David Brothers (Titikaveka College); Third: Heimata Kietonga, (Titikaveka); second: Mary Ngamata (Titikaveka); first: Grace Matenga, (Titikaveka). College
Highly commended: Vaina-Marie Rima (Nukutere), Ceinwyn Miles, (Tereora), Genesis Ngatikao, (Nukutere); third: Taina Marsters (Papaaroa SDC); second: Kenny Tukia (Niua School, Pukapuka); First: Ioane Moore (Titikaveka)
English - highly commended: Ligiahi K Talagi-Tairi, (Apii Enuamanu Atiu); Donna Atariki (Apii Mangaia); third: Tutemariki O Ngatokoa Maara Tairi, (Apii Enuamanu Atiu); second: April Horton, (Tereora); first: Poe Tiare Ruhe-Tararo (Tereora)