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Matariki Online Competition 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Waikato District Libraries Matariki competition!

Every year Waikato District Libraries hold a competition to celebrate Matariki (Maaori New Year). This year people were asked to write a poem or design a bookmark and we received 348 entries from across the district.

Congratulations to Annie Nguyen from Huntly who was named the Supreme Winner - as chosen by Deputy Mayor Aksel Bech.

The winners of the bookmark categories were:

  • Isaac Shingler from Tamahere (5-9 years)
  • Annie Nguyen from Huntly (10-15 years)
  • Barbara Derecourt from Ngaruawahia (16+ years).


The winners of the poetry category were:

  • Jasmine Nicholas-Singh from Te Kauwhata (5-9 years)
  • Tokomauri White from Te Uku (10-15 years)
  • Venus Fernandez from Raglan (16+ years).


The winner of each category received a $100 gift voucher. The supreme winner received an additional $50 gift voucher and a trophy.

For every student that entered, their school received one entry to win $300 worth of books. All entries went into the draw, with the winning school chosen randomly.

The school which will receive $300 worth of books is St Anthony's Catholic School, Huntly.

The winning bookmarks will be printed and used in our libraries, while the winning poems will be displayed in our libraries and offices!

What is Matariki?

Matariki is the Maaori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in late May or early June in the Eastern sky. For many Maaori, it signals the start of a new year.

Matariki, in te reo, means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).

In ancient times, this was the end of harvest and was a time of plenty for Maaori, a time of sharing and celebration.

For many, Matariki is seen as a good time to reflect on personal goals: Where am I? Where do I want to be? What’s it going to take for me to get there?

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