Ngārimu video competition

The 2020 Ngārimu video competition is now open, closing on Monday 12 October 2020.

Purpose of the Ngārimu Video Competition

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.

Entry requirements

This competition is open to students and ākonga in years 7-13.

Your entry should be in the form of a short video that is 3 to 5 minutes long.

You can submit your project as an individual, as a team, or as a kura.

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. 

Opening and closing dates

The competition opens on Monday 6 April and closes on Monday 12 October 2020.

Winners will be advised by the end-of-year school prize giving.

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 story teller 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 Māori 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 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:

Kia Mau – Te Kete Ipurangi website(external link)

28th Māori Battalion website(external link)

Archives New Zealand(external link)

National Library of New Zealand(external link)

Ministry of Culture and Heritage(external link)

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(external link) about what you need to do as part of the plan for COVID-19.

The competition end date has been extended from July to October, to allow more time for students and ākonga to prepare their entries.

How to enter

Please read the competition rules and entry requirements for information about how to submit your entry:

Ngārimu video competition and entry requirements

Judging

Criteria the judges will focus on are:

  • 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
  • entertaining or thought-provoking, and
  • original artistic flair.

English/bilingual and Te Reo Māori streams

There are 2 prize streams: English/bilingual and te reo Māori. Competitors are allowed to enter both categories by developing products and then submitting different language versions.  

Please include subtitles for any languages other than Te Reo Māori or English. Videos may have no dialogue at all, and that is okay as well.

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

Find out more about the 2019/2020 recipients

Need help?

If you need help with submitting your entry, please email us on ngārimu.scholarship@education.govt.nz or call us on 0800 165 225.

Related information

The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships support high achieving tertiary students of Māori descent.

Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships(external link)

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