New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Essay prize giving function

Following last year’s highly successful competition, the Fiji Association in Auckland Inc, in conjunction with the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) in Suva, organised a secondary school essay competition in early March this year.

This competition also marks the fortieth anniversary of Fiji’s independence.

Entrants were asked to write about Fiji’s role in international organisations and/or regional interaction on key issues such as environment, gender and social concerns.

The results are now out and we have fifteen overall winners from all the secondary schools in Fiji.

The winners are divided into four categories – Certificate of Distinction ($F1000) Certificate of Excellence ($F500) Certificate of Merit ($F300) Certificate of Commendation $F200.

The top prize winners are Keresi Samuta from Suva Christian Community High School and Menon Ram from Bhawani Dayal Arya College.

Both of them will receive the Certificate of Distinction, trophies and cash awards of $1000 each. Their schools will also receive a commemorative plaque.

In addition to this, the other students will also be presented with certificates and prize money.

The awards ceremony and morning tea will be held at the official residence of the New Zealand High Commission on Saturday 17 July.

The competition was judged by Dr Satendra Singh, ONZM, QSM, JP, (from Fiji Association in Auckland and a foundation official of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of Fiji’s independence) and June, Lady Hillary, QSM, (wife of the late Sir Edmund Hillary).

The adjudicators praised the efforts of the participants for writing well researched, stimulating and thought provoking essays.

Many essays covered Fiji’s valuable contribution to environmental issues, particularly in regional and international organizations.

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