New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Secondary School Essay Competition 2014

Secondary School Essay Competition 2014



For the sixth consecutive year, the New Zealand High Commission offers an essay competition to senior students in Fiji secondary schools.  The competition is offered in conjunction with the Fiji Association in Auckland Incorporated.

Entries are invited from students in Forms five, six and seven, who are currently attending a registered secondary school in Fiji. Essays should be written in the English language.  Only one entry per student will be accepted. Entries must be submitted through the school, certified by the principal or appropriate staff member, such as the head of department. Essays should not exceed 1500 words. A word count should be indicated at the end of the essay. Entries may be hand written or computer generated.  Please use one side of the paper only. Ensure your name is clearly shown on each page.

2014 topics – select one topic

1. Fiji– Ten years from now.  (Students are invited to examine one or a combination of social, educational , economic and cultural issues)

2.Contemporary links in culture between Fiji and New Zealand (Students are encouraged to examine modern aspects of cultural links such as film, art, music, design etc , reflecting on any one aspect or a combination.)


The judges are Lady June Hillary, QSM and Dr Satendra Singh, ONZM, PBSA, QSM, JP, both of Auckland. Their decisions will be final. No correspondence will be undertaken on this matter.


Entries cannot be returned. Winners will be notified through their respective school principals. Winning essays may be used in full or part in relation to the competition, in websites, newspapers or journals. If this happens, both the student and the school will be duly acknowledged. This year it is expected that twenty five winners will be selected following a recommendation by the judges – an increase from previous years when the number was fixed at fifteen.


1. Certificate of Distinction– Two winners will be selected to receive Certificates of Distinction plus cash prizes of F$1000 each and trophies. The winning schools will be awarded a special Plaque.
2. Certificate of Commendation – Three winners will be selected to receive Certificates of Commendation plus cash prizes of F$500 each.
3. Certificate of Excellence – Five winners will be selected to receive Certificates of Excellence plus cash prizes of F$400 each.
4. Certificate of Special Merit – Five winners will be selected to receive Certificates of Merit plus cash prizes of F$300 each.
5. Certificate of Merit –   Five winners will be selected to receive Certificates of Merit plus cash prizes of F$200 each.
6. Certificate of Recognition - Five students will be selected to receive Certificates of Recognition plus cash prizes of F$100 each.

The total prize pool this year is increased to F$8500 

Closing date for entries

The closing date for entries is 28 May 2014. Entries should be sent to the New Zealand High Commission Suva, marked to the attention of Ms Monika Mala. Our address is given below. Late entries will not be accepted.


Schools should use the attached certification letter with all essays submitted. Please contact Ms Monika Mala if you have a query on this or any aspects of the competition. Full contact details are given below.

Prize giving reception

A Prize Giving Reception will be held at the New Zealand High Commission residency in Suva. School coordinators and winners will be invited to attend. Winners will be able to bring their parents or guardians.  Assistance may be considered with travel costs. This will be discussed with relevant schools as appropriate.

Visit to winning schools

The Judges and the Acting High Commissioner or their nominees usually visit the schools from where the two overall winners emerge. During the visit, Plaques are presented to the school principal. It is expected such visits will again be arranged together with brief visits to a number of schools from where other category winners are selected. This will be discussed with relevant schools. 

Participation Certificates

Certificates of Participation will be given to all schools from where entries are received. These will be sent after the prize giving is held.

Contact Details

New Zealand High Commission   Physical Address -  Level 10, Reserve Bank Bldg, Pratt Street, Suva
Postal Address - P O Box 1378, Suva     Contact Person - Ms Monika Mala (Policy Advisor) Tel 3311422 (Ext 103)  Facsimile 3300842   Email –

Certification letter

Name of School ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Name of Coordinating Teacher ----------------------------Email ----------------------------------------
Telephone of School --------------------------------------Fax ------------------------------------
Email Link of the School -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Name of Student                                       Age                                Form (5, 6 or 7)

Name and Signature of Certifying Person                                                 Designation 









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