New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Secondary Schools Essay Competition 2013

The New Zealand High Commission and the Fiji Association in Auckland (Inc) are once again pleased to announce a Secondary Schools Essay Competition for 2013.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the competition has been held, allowing secondary school students across Fiji to illustrate their writing skills.  Last year’s competition attracted 328 entries from 72 schools. 

This year, students are invited to write on either “Any aspect of Sir Edmund Hillary’s life and contributions, his influences and legacy” or “Educational Links between New Zealand and Fiji”.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund’s ascent of Mount Everest.  Sir Edmund had linkages with Fiji, including his air force service here during the Second World War when he attempted but was unable to climb Joske’s Thumb.  2013 is also the 30th anniversary of Sir Edmund’s return to Fiji and his successful scaling of Joske’s Thumb.

The judges of the competition are Dr Satendra Singh, ONZM, QSM, JP and Lady Hillary, QSM (wife of the late Sir Edmund Hillary).

15 winners will receive cash prizes from a total pool of $6000 along with certificates, while the two overall winners will receive cash prizes of $1000 each, trophies and certificates of distinction.  Their schools will also receive a commemorative plaque while other schools will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Essays must be submitted through the school that the competition entrant attends.

The closing date for entries is Friday 26th April 2013. Entries should be sent to the New Zealand High Commission, GPO Box 1378, Suva.

Information packs on the essay competition have already been distributed to secondary schools. 

If any school has not received the information pack or would like further information on the competition they should contact the New Zealand High Commission by email: or Ph: 3311422.



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