Students’ chance to shine at poetry

Students from seven local schools are being invited to express themselves in verse or rhyme this month for the annual Mahurangi Matariki Youth Poetry Competition, being held at Mahurangi East Library’s Winter Words evening on Wednesday, June 27 at 6.30pm.

Budding poets from Snells Beach, Horizon, Matakana, Leigh and Pakiri schools, Mahurangi College and Kip McGrath Warkworth can write poems about Whakapapa, or family, and/or Taonga tuku iho’, or a treasure handed down.

Poems should be sent to or handed in to Mahurangi East Library by 12 noon on Saturday, June 23.

Organiser and senior children’s and youth librarian Fleur Coleman says the competition aims to encourage children to engage with poetry as a vehicle of personal expression and the presentation night on June 27 is their time to shine.

There are six awards to be won and judges include children’s author and poet Paula Green, who will publish the finalists’ poems on her Poetry Box blog.