The Supreme Winner of the Waikato District Libraries 2019 Matariki competition says the inspiration for her poem came from her Mum, her guiding star.
Matariki is the Maaori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades, which rises in late May or early June in the Eastern sky. For many, it heralds the start of a new year and is a time of sharing and festivity. It is often a time when people reflect on personal goals.
Grace was the winner of the poem in the 16+ category. She was also named overall supreme winner.
“The winning poems and artwork will be proudly displayed in all our libraries and Council offices.”
Customer Delivery Manager Brian Cathro says the competition is a way to encourage our communities to engage with their local libraries and is part of Council’s vision to create liveable, thriving and connected communities.
“It’s great to see so many people getting involved and celebrating poetry and art through this competition.”
List of winners and runner up place-getters
Each winner received a $60 gift voucher, while the runner up received a $30 gift voucher. The supreme award winner also received a $100 gift voucher.