Mining tracks at Denniston

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A New Zealand Archaeology Week competition for 8-16 year olds. Competition open between 24 April and 24 May 2020.

Tell us your story

To celebrate New Zealand Archaeology Week this year we are asking young people of Aotearoa to share their stories of a favourite historic place. It could be a spot in your neighbourhood with an interesting history, a memory of a trip you took with whānau or a place you’d like to visit in the future. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear it.

You can submit an entry in any way you’d like – a written story, a poem, a song, a collage of photos, just to name a few.

We’re defining ‘historic place’ as any location that has history that means something to you. It could be anything – the local war memorial, your marae, gold-mining relics on the West Coast, or the pyramids. Get creative and enjoy.

The competition is open to anyone aged 8 to 16, living in New Zealand.

The prize

There will be two prizes available – one for people aged 8 to 12, the other for 13 to 16 year olds.

  • The winner in each age bracket will receive a free weekend’s accommodation for their family at a DOC campsite of their choice.
  • Winning entries will be published on the DOC blog, if parental permission is provided.

Judging will be by DOC staff. The winning entry will be the one that most memorably captures the entrant’s connection to their chosen historic place.

How to enter

The competition is open between 24 April and 24 May 2020.

Entries must be by email. If you create a work of art or something else that is not electronic, take a photo or video of it and send that in.

Send your entry to and include:

  • your name and age
  • written permission from your parent/guardian to participate
  • a contact email address for the parent/guardian.

About New Zealand Archaeology Week

New Zealand Archaeology Week (24 April – 3 May 2020) celebrates New Zealand archaeologists and their work. It highlights the importance of protecting our country’s historic places.

Read more on the New Zealand Archaeological Association website or find content on social media at #nzarchweek2020.

Terms and conditions

  1. The promoter of the ‘Sharing our stories’ competition is the Department of Conservation (DOC). DOC can be contacted in relation to this competition by email at any time at
  2. The competition is taking place in New Zealand between 24 April 2020 and 24 May 2020.
  3. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on 24 May 2020. Entries received after this closing time will not be considered.
  4. The competition is open to all New Zealand children aged 8 to 16.
  5. Multiple entries per person can be submitted and will be accepted.
  6. Entries must be by individuals and not groups.
  7. Entrants must own the intellectual property rights or have permission to use any materials submitted for the competition. The promoter will not be responsible for breach of any copyright or other third-party intellectual property and proprietary rights by entrants.
  8. By entering, entrants give permission to DOC to use anonymised content for research purposes, with the results published.
  9. All entrants must provide the name and email address of a parent or guardian. This adult will be responsible for liaising with DOC to coordinate the details of the prize.
  10. To be eligible for the prize, the competition entry must share the story of a historic place and have permission from the entrant’s parent/guardian to take part.
  11. Entries are to be submitted via email only, to
  12. The judging panel will consist of DOC staff. The judges’ decision is final on all matters relating to this promotion.
  13. The prize winners will be announced and profiled on the DOC blog/website/social media from 1 July 2020.
  14. The prizes are not transferable and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for the cash equivalent. They must be redeemed within one year of being awarded.
  15. The promoter reserves the right to terminate or change the competition or any/all of the prize components at any time without notice.
  16. If for any reason this competition is not able to be run as planned due to any cause beyond the control of the competition organiser which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promotion may be abandoned or postponed at the unfettered discretion of the promoter. The promoter accepts no responsibility for such an event.
  17. Entry into this prize draw is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. The competition and these Terms and Conditions are governed by New Zealand Law.
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