Ngārimu video competition

Learn about the Ngārimu video competition.

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The competition is now open! The competition closes Wednesday 1 September 2021. 

Purpose of the Ngārimu video competition

The purpose of the competition is to honour the legacy of Victoria Cross winner Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu and the other members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion, by promoting study and encouraging the learning of te reo Māori and Māori history, tradition, and culture as it relates to the Māori Battalion.

This video competition is an opportunity for students and ākonga to practice storytelling and research, and learn about Māori Battalion history. Videos can be made using English and/or te reo Māori. Videos may have no dialogue at all, and that is okay.

How to enter

See the Ngārimu video competition and entry requirements.

Themes/kaupapa

The soldiers in the Māori Battalion were as diverse as their stories. Are there stories from your rohe that you would like to share or research more?

This year’s video competition kaupapa/topics is not limited to the Second World War – World War One research material and information will also be considered for this competition.

Choose from one of these options:

  1. Choose a tipuna or member of the Māori Battalion (preferably from your rohe because you might need permission from the family to share this person’s story or stories). Tell us a story (or a few) about this person. Was this person; famous, funny, witty, clever, mischievous, a leader, heroic, a spy, a gunner, infantry, an officer, a medic, a nurse, intelligence officer, engineer, a storyteller themselves? What makes this person a tāonga to you or your whānau, your kura or community, your hapū or iwi?
  2. The Māori Battalion was made up of five companies A, B, C, D and HQ. Choose a company or event and tell us how that added to the Māori Battalion’s reputation as formidable soldiers. Why is this unit or event important to your rohe? How did it contribute to the Māori Battalion’s reputation?
  3. Explore and analyse the contribution of Māori to the war effort in the First and/or Second World War from a contemporary view. Be critical in your thinking about the price of citizenship. Contemplate the lessons of this history in a contemporary context. Why did your rohe support or not support the war effort?

Your submission should seek to evoke emotion and highlight your storytelling and research abilities; your stories could be humorous, sad or academically informative.

Your video could draw on the characteristics of the Māori Battalion, Māori leadership, ingenuity, resourcefulness, bravery, etc.

Research resources

Waiata, haka, plays, films, documentaries, war memorials, letters, artefacts and other tāonga are often held in libraries, archive centres, museums, with whānau, and at marae.

Connect with people in your rohe for advice about where to find the information you’re looking for.

There is also a range of information online for you to explore:

Judging

The judges will focus on the following criteria:

  • ability to tell the story (how can the viewer get a sense of the 28th (Māori) Battalion member or unit being researched)
  • ability to evoke an emotional response
  • how the video is entertaining or thought-provoking, and
  • original artistic flair.

English/bilingual and Te Reo Māori streams

There are two prize streams: English/bilingual and te reo Māori.

Competitors are allowed to enter both categories by developing a video and then submitting different language versions.  

Please include a transcript document with your submission. Transcripts for entries in Te Reo Māori must be in both Māori and English. Videos may have no dialogue at all, and that is okay.

Prizes for students and ākonga and their kura

Prizes

To student(s)

To nominated school, kura,
or home-school parent

Total

Entries in
Te Reo Māori

1st

$2200

$950

$3150

2nd

$1500

$450

$1950

3rd

$750

$225

$975

Entries in
English or bilingual

1st

$2200

$950

$3150

2nd

$1500

$450

$1950

3rd

$750

$225

$975


2020 Winners of the Ngārimu video competition

First place – Te Reo Māori category

Anahera Te Moana from Te Kura Mana Māori o Whangaparaoa.

Video title – “Koro Te Ua Keepa

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First place – Billingual category

Jess Jenkins from Tawa College.

Video title – “A Small Hawk in the Rising Sun

 

Completing your entry in the context of COVID-19

While you may work with other students and ākonga on your submission, please remember the Government’s guidance about what you need to do as part of the plan for COVID-19.

The Government’s guidance(external link)

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