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Uzma Uses Holidays in NZ, Imagination To Win Top Prize

Almost every year, since she can remember, Uzma Aalima Azmi has been holidaying in Auckland, New Zealand. That experience, the places she’s been was one was the winning points in
16 Sep 2018 11:10
Uzma Uses Holidays in NZ, Imagination  To Win Top Prize
Jonathan Curr the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Uzma Aalima Azmi of Nadi Muslim College is the Certificate of Distinction and Supreme co-winner and Satendra Singh the adjudicator, at the New Zealand High Commission 2018 Essay Competition at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s official residence at Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva on September 15, 2018. Photo: NZ High Commission

Almost every year, since she can remember, Uzma Aalima Azmi has been holidaying in Auckland, New Zealand.

That experience, the places she’s been was one was the winning points in her recognition during the New Zealand-Fiji 2018 Secondary Schools Essay competition.

Uzma was only one of two Supreme Winners of the competition. She won $500, an iPad, a trophy plus a plaque for her school, Nadi Muslim College.

The awards presentation for the ten students was at the New Zealand Official Residence yesterday.

The topic focused on celebrating 77 years of New Zealand-Fiji relations centred on three important milestones from that time:

  • the establishment of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base by No 5 Squadron;
  • Sir Edmund Hillary’s service as a member of the RNZAF contingent at Laucala Bay;
  • and the gifting of RNZAF facilities by the NZ Government to Fiji for the establishment of the University of the South Pacific.

Each entrant was to either write an expository essay or an imaginative one based on the topic.

Uzma chose the latter about a girl who was Maori and iTaukei. The girl uses her grandmother’s diary and comes to Fiji and notices the difference in the past and the present.

“I tried to include about the airport base for the RNZF and the airport swimming pool that was used by the military. They actually used to extinguish fires at the airport using that.”

Uzma’s parents Basarath Din and Rozeena Begum were very proud of their daughter’s achievement. They weren’t even aware that she had taken part in the competition.

“It is a proud moment for us. She was awarded the Dux award in primary school and this is her second biggest achievement.

“As parents were are proud and overwhelmed.”

There were 340 entries from 70 secondary schools around Fiji. This the tenth year the annual competition has been running.

High Commissioner of New Zealand Jonathan Curr said: “New Zealand and Fiji have a long history of friendship and co-operation.

“Education linkages are a vital part of this relationship. It is a celebration of friendship between Fiji and New Zealand, and Fijians and New Zealanders.”

Fulton Hogan Highways sponsored the prizes for the supreme winners.

Essay Winners:

Certificate of Distinction ($500, iPad, Trophy)

1. Ipaelen Rota, Nakasi High School

2. Uzma Aalima Azmi, Nadi Muslim College

Certificate of Commendation (Laptop)

3. Marika Lawakeli, Marist Brothers High School

4. Maanvik Yash Gounder, Penang Sangam High School

5. Shikhar Shivneet Prakash, Nukuloa College

Honourable Mention Certificate

6. Elisa Paueli, Dudley High School

7. Neha Kavita Chand, Korovuto College

8. Katarina R Matakibau, Vashist Muni College

9. Isireli Racagimalua, Labasa Sangam College

10. Manshika Kiran, Drasa Secondary School

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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