Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Essay competition: winners will visit Korea

Essay competition to find young New Zealanders to visit Korea

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced an essay-writing competition aimed at choosing four secondary school students to travel to Korea in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korea.

The students will be part of an official New Zealand delegation involving government representatives, veterans, and New Zealand Defence Force personnel who will travel to Korea for the commemoration and participate in the ceremonies.

The Korean War began on 25 June, 1950. New Zealand was one of fifteen countries which contributed to the United Nations force which assisted South Korea in the conflict. In all, about 4700 New Zealanders served in Kayforce in Korea, along with a further 1300 on New Zealand frigates, during the seven years of New Zealand’s involvement between 1950 and 1957. A total of 33 New Zealanders lost their lives during the war in Korea and 81 were wounded.

“I am keen to encourage a greater interest in New Zealand’s history among young people. The Korean War had a significant impact on New Zealand, militarily, economically and socially,” Helen Clark said.

The essay competition is open to students of 15 years of age and over. They will be asked to write a thousand word essay on one of five topics.

The questions will be included in an information pack sent to schools through the Office of Veterans’ Affairs.

For more information on the competition or a copy of the entry form, contact Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand on 0800-483 8372 or mailto:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election