High qual­ity her­itage con­test en­tries knock judges’ socks off

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The Puke­ta­papa: Our Peo­ple, Our Place, Our His­tory com­pe­ti­tion brought Puke­ta­papa/Mt Roskill’s her­itage to life and gen­er­ated thought pro­vok­ing en­tries from young artists, re­searchers and po­ets.

The school’s com­pe­ti­tion was run by the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board and her­itage spokesman Michael Wood says mem­bers were hugely im­pressed by the qual­ity of the en­tries. The three cat­e­gories were: Art It! – a piece of vis­ual art­work based on a her­itage fea­ture

Write It! – a piece of po­etry that re­lates and refers to the com­mu­nity and its his­tory

Re­search It! – re­search and present a project about Sir John Lo­gan Camp­bell.

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‘‘The en­tries demon­strated a high level of in­ter­est and in­quiry into our lo­cal her­itage, which was the aim of the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Mr Wood says.

‘‘As such the com­pe­ti­tion was suc­cess­ful and we hope to build on it next year by en­cour­ag­ing more stu­dents to be­come in­volved.’’

Mr Wood says the stu­dents and par­ents val­ued the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the unique lo­cal his­tory of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Many com­mented

that Roskill’s his­tory has been a lit­tle ne­glected over the years and that there needs to be more fo­cus on it.’’

An en­try that at­tracted par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion from judges was Sarah Preku­mar’s poem Mind of a Refugee.

‘‘This poem spoke to the place of Mt Roskill as a home to peo­ple from around the globe, where ac­cep­tance, op­por­tu­ni­ties and a sense of self can be found. It was beau­ti­fully and thought­fully ex­pressed.’’

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to read the win­ning po­ems.

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