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Anzac Biscuit Idea Wins Operation Kiwi

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release

6 May 2008

Anzac Biscuit Idea Wins Operation Kiwi

An Anzac biscuit with healing powers designed by Andrew Lyall, age 11, of Cambridge has won the New Zealand Defence Force’s Operation KIWI competition.

Andrew’s winning entry was chosen from over 600 entries in Operation KIWI, a design competition for Year 6 to 10 students which aimed to raise awareness of Anzac Day and get children thinking about the role of Kiwi Defence personnel currently serving overseas.

Entrants were asked to design either a memento of New Zealand for NZDF personnel serving overseas to remind them of home, or a piece of equipment that would make life easier for NZDF personnel currently serving overseas.

The competition was judged by Weta Workshop Director Richard Taylor who said, “Judging the competition was extremely difficult as the ideas were incredibly innovative and so diverse. I had such a wonderful time looking at these fabulous entries. I chose Andrew’s innovative Anzac biscuit because I knew it would bring a smile to military personnel overseas and surely this is the best thing that can be sent from home.”

Andrew’s prize includes a day at the Naval base in Devonport, a large collectible from Weta Workshop as well a $200 for his school, Cambridge Middle School.

Second prize was awarded to Flynn Schikker, 9, of Ashburton for his design of a kiwi robot, third prize to Brady Inwood, 13, of Motueka for his design which incorporates a map of New Zealand into camouflage material.


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