Topic: Battle of Gate Pā Poetry Competition (2014)

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Poetry Competition Launches Commemoration Events: The Battle of Gate Pa Poetry Competition launched on Friday [8 November 2013] and was the first event to mark the 2014 150th Commemoration events held in Tauranga.

Current National Poet Laureate, Vince O'Sullivan, judged the competition and awarded the $1000 prize money.

The finalists in the poetry competition:

Poterwhiri Pa by Patricia Brooks (finalist)

Gate Pa by Peter E. C. Dashwood (finalist)

Hindsight by Peter Hodge

Waiata by Peter Hodge (finalist)

Now and Then by Emily McCarthy (winner)

Woman/Wāhine (Tauranga, 29 April 1864) by Debbie McCauley (finalist)

Desist by Deryn Pittar (finalist)

Ross Stanway, CEO of Realty Services, said "Eves Real Estate is sponsoring this competition in acknowledgement of the Battle of Gate Pa 150th Commemoration, which is of major historical importance to the people of Tauranga."

Battle of Gate Pa Poetry Competition Poster

Six finalists from the Western Bay of Plenty area will be chosen to read their work at the Poetry Competition Finals being held at Elizabeth Cafe and Larder on 6 March.

Simon Collett, Pukehinahina Charitable Trust Chairman, said "We hope to get entries in English or Maori, that creatively express what poets think of the Battle of Gate Pa".

"Our aim is to ensure that the most significant event in the birth of our city is respectfully marked with inclusive community participation. The Poetry Competition is the first of several events to work towards that goal."

"Early next year we will launch the Secondary Schools Battle of Gate Pa Essay and Speech Competitions. There will be a Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery and a Photographs and Drawings Exhibition at St George's Church. Public lectures will also be held at the church, which sits on the historic battle site."

"Further planned events will be revealed leading up to the Commemoration on April 29. On the day, all of the community is invited to the Dawn Ceremony at Gate Pa, morning Memorial Service and cultural performances. This Commemoration is an opportunity for us to learn from our past, as we look to the future."


Buddy Mikaere
Phone 07 5724140 / 021 384620

Simon Collett
Phone 07 5778007

Terms and conditions: Poems must be typed on single sided A4 sheets. On a separate sheet, supply name and address of author with full contact details. Six poems will be chosen by a local panel for the finals. The finals will be live readings by the authors at 6pm at Elizabeth Cafe and Larder. One winner will be awarded the $1,000 cash prize. Competition runs from Friday 8 November 2013-Friday 31 January 2014 inclusive. All poems must be original to the person on the entry form and unpublished. Only one entry per person. Entries will be judged anonymously by the selection panel. The decision of the judges is final. Open to poets of all ages. The overall winner will be publicly announced on Thursday 6 March. Attendance to the prize giving will not be funded by the organisers. Please submit a copy of your original poem as entries will not be returned. Contact Buddy Mikaere via with any queries.

Gate Pa Poetry Competition Prize Giving & Awards Evening (2014)

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