Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Big Effort From Young Writers

Twenty excited young writers will assemble in Christchurch next Monday afternoon when the Canterbury and West Coast finalists for the Nestle Write Around New Zealand competition will be named.

They will be waiting to hear which four entries will go forward to the National Finals in October.

"The judges have been so impressed with the writing talent that is out there," says Bill Nagelkerke, from Christchurch City Libraries and Zone Co-ordinator for the competition.

"Trimming down the finalists to just 20 has been a difficult, if not an entertaining, task. With titles like 'The toothbrush saga,' 'You do the shopping,' and 'The flavoured paradise in the sky', you can see how much thought has gone into the stories," says Bill Nagelkerke.

Entries were invited from authors in Year 7 and 8 for the competition that closed in July. Each story was restricted to 500 words. Nearly 800 entries were received from the Canterbury/ West Coast zone - the 3rd highest number of entries nationwide.

"We produced nearly as many entries as the Auckland zone, even though we had only half the potential number of eligible students. It is interesting to note that four schools - Cobham Intermediate, Our Lady of Victories School, Breens Intermediate and St Michael's School, each produced two of the finalists. It was also good to see children living outside of Christchurch gain success - three of our finalists live outside the city," says Bill Nagelkerke.

Each finalist will receive a certificate and prize pack of Nestlé products. Two entries from each year's level will represent the zone in Auckland and be in to win a computer.

Dr Glyn Strange, the Director of the Christchurch School for Young Writers, will speak at a function to be held at the Fendalton Library and Service Centre. Students from the Christchurch Drama Centre will add life to the stories as they read the winning entries.

Photo opportunity: Boardroom, Fendalton Library and Service Centre, Cnr Jeffreys and Clyde Roads, Christchurch, Monday 27 August 2001, 3.30-5pm. Further information: Bill Nagelkerke, Children's and Young Adult Services Co-ordinator, Christchurch City Libraries, phone 372 7885.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news