Matariki Competition 2019


Congratulations to our 2019 Waikato District Libraries Matariki competition winners and to Grace Raynel who was named the Supreme Winner. 

The winners were announced at a prize giving on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

In celebration of Matariki (Maaori New Year), people were asked to write a poem in either English or Te Reo, or create a picture about what Matariki means to them.

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.

Age 5-9 years:
- Winner – Kellan Smith
- Runner up – Riley Jackson de Boer
Age 10-15 years: 
- Winner – Ocean Burke
- Runner up: Luna De La Cruz
Age 16+:
- Winner – Grace Raynel
- Runner up – Eden Wawatai
Matariki picture
Age 5-9 years:
- Winner: Remedy Upokomanu
- Runner up: Ruby Assen
Age 10-15 years: 
- Winner: Chloe Hopkins
- Runner up: Helena Marie Jenkins
Age 16+:
- Winner: Te Oranga Herangi
- Runner up – Bridget Flanagan