Hector's dolphin

Image: Dina Engel & Andreas Maecker | DOC


Students 7 – 12 years old in western areas of Bay of Plenty can enter sea-inspired poetry to win a school visit by a marine specialist and more. Competition closed 8 March 2020.

Competition closed 8 March 2020.

Who can enter

You need to be:

  • aged between 7 – 12 years old
  • attending school in Western Bay or the Tauranga area of the Bay of Plenty.

What you could win

The winner will win a special presentation delivered on behalf of DOC by a specialist marine educator for their school. They’ll also receive a copy of the ‘Young Ocean Explorers Love Our Ocean’ book by Riley and Steve Hathaway.

Three runners’ ups will receive one of the following ‘The Dominie World of Antarctica’ series books each:

  • Friends in the Sea
  • Whales
  • Dolphins

How to enter

1. Write a poem about why we should protect our seas and ocean wildlife

In your poem, tell us about the animals and plants live in our seas and what we can do to protect them. Inspire others to care for these living creatures.

You can also include what a healthy ocean might be like and why it's important we keep it safe for the future.

You can enter up to 2 poems.

2. Send your poems to us

To submit your entry, fill in an entry form and send it with your poem as a scanned PDF file by email to us. Include in the subject line the school you are from, and if the email is of a single entry of a class.

Submissions close 3 pm, Sunday 8 March 2020.

You need to include:

  • a completed entry form, that includes your name, age, class, school and teacher
  • a poem (no longer than one A4 page)

Email: nlunson@doc.govt.nz

3. After you enter the competition

The panel of judges from DOCs Tauranga’s region marine team will choose the four winning entries.

They will base their decisions on:

  • the poem’s content
  • how it might inspire others

We’ll notify winners by email no later than 22 March 2020.

Terms and conditions

  1. The competition opens on Saturday 29 February 2020 at 12:00 am and closes at 15:00 pm Sunday 8 March 2020. We will accept no entries outside of these times and dates.
  2. You must submit your entry on a completed entry form and emailed to nlunson@doc.govt.nzas a scanned PDF file. Files can be no larger than 5mb.
  3. You can enter up to 2 poems.
  4. Entrants must study at a primary school within Western Bay or Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty area.
  5. Entrants must be over 7 years and under 12 years old.
  6. The poems must relate to protecting the marine environment and/or sea life in our oceans. It should inspire others to protect it too.
  7. The poem cannot exceed over one A4 page.
  8. Entries must include their full name, contact details, the school they attend and its address, their class and their teacher's name.
  9. The entrant must be the original author of the work entered as described in the Copyright Act 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism will cause immediate disqualification.
  10. By entering, entrants give permission to DOC to use any materials submitted for the competition for social media, website and other promotional purposes. We will endeavour to discuss any such promotions with the author before publishing.
  11. If the organisers cannot open or upload the entries submitted because of technical errors caused by file quality or if the file is damaged, the organiser reserves the right not to include the entries in the competition. We will enter into no correspondence with the entrant.
  12. Entrants agree to be contacted by the organisers regarding this competition.
  13. We will notify the winners by e-mail by Sunday 22 March 2020.
  14. The judges' decision is final and we will enter into no correspondence.
  15. Prizes are non transferable and are not redeemable for cash. We will award up to a maximum of four prizes.
  16. If for any reason this competition cannot run as planned because of any cause beyond the control of the organiser which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, the promotion may be discontinued at the discretion of the organiser. The organiser accepts no responsibility for such an event.
  17. The organiser and its associated agencies and companies shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) claimed or sustained, because of taking part in this competition except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  18. The entrant's consent to these Terms and Conditions is through their submission of their poem to the above-stated email address.
Back to top