Competition rules and entry requirements

The 2023 Ngarimu video competition closed Friday 8 September 2023. Learn more about the rules and requirements for entry.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Ākonga 
  • Parents, caregivers and whānau

  • Teachers and kaiako


  • The video competition is open to ākonga in Years 7 to 13.
  • You can submit your project as an individual, a team or a kura.
  • You must be enrolled at a registered school or kura or a group of registered schools or kura, such as a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
  • If you are home schooled, you will need to provide a copy of your certificate of exemption from enrolment at a registered school.

Each waiata must have one lead producer to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.

Payments of prizes will be made to the school bank account that the Ministry has on file. The school or kura is then responsible for ensuring payment is distributed accordingly. 

The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize. No other payments will be made in relation to the competition.

Any Ministry of Education staff member whose tamariki is entering this competition needs to make the conflict of interest known to

Creating your video

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 should draw on the characteristics of the Māori Battalion: leadership, ingenuity, resourcefulness, bravery and so on.

Kaupapa | Themes

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 5 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?

The kaupapa of the competition is not limited to World War II. Research material and information from World War I will also be considered for this competition.

Ngā reo | Languages

There are 2 prize categories:

  • English or bilingual
  • te reo Māori.

Participants can submit entries into both the te reo Māori and/or English categories.

Please include subtitles for any languages other than Te Reo Māori or English. Videos may have no dialogue at all.

Who can be involved in your entry

While involving the community is part of team building (manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, tūakana–tēina, tiakitanga, me ētahi atu), this project should be led by students and ākonga. 

Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults can also be actors, camera operators, or interviewees but they must not otherwise contribute to the content, the editing or the production of the content.

No professional assistance is allowed.

Intellectual property

Content must be original. Entrants are solely responsible for their own entries and the consequences for submitting them. 

Entries can be documentaries, films, animations or music clips. They can be funny, sad, serious or academic. 

References to all information presented in the video must give credit to the original source.

No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this competition unless you own the copyright, have a license to use the material or other necessary permission.

Use of traditional Māori Battalion songs is permitted. 

Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.

What to include in your entry


All videos must begin with a 10-second full screen 'title screen'' that includes the following information:

  • lead producer’s name
  • school name
  • school location
  • title of video
  • total running time.

The length of the video should be approximately 3 minutes. It should not exceed 5 minutes, including opening and closing credits, references and music and so on.

Subtitles and transcripts

All videos must have captions and be accompanied by a transcript file to make them accessible.

Simply put, a transcript is a time stamped text version of everything that is being said and other significant events that happen in the video. Transcripts for entries in Te Reo Māori must be in both Māori and English. The transcript should be provided in a separate document.

Captions are displayed on screen in real time as the video plays, and describe what is being said, and other significant events that happen in the video.

How to submit your entry

To enter the competition, upload a video of your waiata to YouTube (saved as 'unlisted').

In an email to, include:

  • a link to the video
  • the completed entry form and the consent form
  • a transcript of your video
  • the subject line 'Ngarimu video competition submission'.

You also need to post a physical copy on a flash drive.

A consent form form will need to completed by a parent or legal guardian for each individual involved in the video.

Ākonga should keep at least one copy of the video of their waiata.

The Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and the Ministry of Education are not responsible for any lost videos. 

How to upload your video to YouTube

To upload your finished video as 'unlisted' to YouTube, follow the steps below.

  1. Sign into your YouTube account or follow the instructions to create one.
  2. Go to 'your channel' and select the 'upload video' button.
  3. Click the 'select files' button and choose your video.
  4. Fill in the video details, elements, and checks.
  5. On the 'visibility' tab, select the 'unlisted' option.
  6. Once uploaded, select the 'options' button (3 vertical dots) and click on 'get shareable link'.
  7. Paste the link into your video submission email. (Only those with the link will be able to access your video.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email at

How to send a physical copy

You also need to either post a physical copy of your video on a flash drive to the address below. Alternatively, you can upload your video to an online file sharing database (for example, Dropbox).

If you are posting a flash drive, please send to:

Attention TeachNZ
The Ngarimu Video Competition
Ministry of Education
1 The Terrace, Mezzanine floor
Wellington 6011

The posted flash drive will need to be post marked on or prior to the competition closing date to be eligible.

Judging criteria

The judges’ decision will be based on the following marking criteria.

Each criterion has a weighting of 10, for a total maximum score of 50.

The criteria are:

  • the ability to tell a story (whether the viewer gets a sense of the battalion member or unit being researched)
  • the video has the ability to evoke an emotional response
  • the video is entertaining or thought provoking
  • the video shows original artistic flair
  • the video shows reflects accurate research.

Check the content is appropriate

While war themes are permitted, content must be appropriate for Year 7 ākonga. 

Your video must not:

  • promote illegal behaviour
  • support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice
  • advocate sexual or violent exploitation
  • violate rights established by law or agreement
  • invade the privacy of any person
  • be otherwise offensive or inappropriate
  • contain nudity, profanity, dangerous stunts or illicit drug use
  • promote hate and prejudice
  • damage the name and reputation of your school, the Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, any Māori Battalion Company, iwi Māori, or the Ministry of Education, any other entity and/or any person.  

The judges in their sole discretion may refuse any entry at any time if the content of the video is deemed inappropriate. 

Terms and conditions

At the end of the compeition, ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant with the following exceptions.

  1. Entrants grant The Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and/or the Ministry of Education the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, educational contexts and promotion in accordance with the purpose of the competition without notification or further compensation. 
  2. The Ministry of Education and the Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board will have unrestricted right to use, edit, publish, broadcast, stream any or all of the video entries as well as the name, photographs, statements, biographical information and likeness of any or all participants in accordance with the purpose of the competition without further approval or compensation.
  3. Entrants also grant the Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and the Ministry of Education the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or play the entrant’s project video in accordance with the purpose of the competition without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
  4. The Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and/or the Ministry of Education maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, or play the project or parts of the video in accordance with the purpose of the competition, on their website, at conferences or at any other venues.
  5. By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold the Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board and the Ministry of Education employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes.
  6. Award winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the competition or the use/redemption of any prize.
  7. Entrants agree to be bound by the official competition rules and decisions of the judges.

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