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Essay contest for Sir Edmund

March 07
09:35 2013


This year marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest.
In marking the anniversary, the New Zealand High Commission and the Fiji Association in Auckland (Inc) are pleased to announce a secondary schools essay competition in 2013.
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’.
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.
Sir Edmund had links with Fiji, including his air force service here during the Second World War when he attempted, but was unable, to climb Joske’s Thumb.
It 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, (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, QSM, JP) and Lady Hillary, (wife of the late Sir Edmund Hillary).
Fifteen winners will receive cash prizes from a total pool of $6000 together with certificates.
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 April 26 and 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 it should contact the New Zealand High Commission by email: or Ph: 3311422.

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