Tell a fam­ily story and win a prize

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Mata­mata branch of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists is hop­ing an ex­cit­ing na­tional com­pe­ti­tion will ap­peal to lo­cal young people.

The New Zealand So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists have re­cently an­nounced a com­pe­ti­tion for all New Zealand stu­dents to com­mem­o­rate ser­vice dur­ing the war years.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to all stu­dents at­tend­ing New Zealand schools and the lo­cal ge­neal­ogy branch are hop­ing young Mata­mata stu­dents will en­ter.

There are two sec­tions avail­able, one for pri­mary aged stu­dents in Years 1 to 8 and a sec­ond sec­tion for sec­ondary stu­dents in Years 9 to 13.

En­trants are asked to pre­pare ei­ther a poster or a writ­ten ac­count of the story of an an­ces­tor, rel­a­tive or some­one known to them who served in any branch of the forces of any coun­try, at home or over­seas. Sub­mis­sions must con­tain both text and graph­ics such as pho­tos, draw­ings and maps.

There are two prizes of $500 each and up to four highly com­mended prizes of $250 each up for grabs.

Mata­mata branch sec­re­tary Chris­tine Young said it was im­por­tant to en­sure that writ­ers and cre­ators have per­mis­sion from the fam­ily or per­son they are re­search­ing.

Young said the lo­cal branch was also open to the pos­si­bil­ity of as­sist­ing en­trants by way of ad­vice.

‘‘This com­pe­ti­tion is about recog­nis­ing that they have a rel­a­tive that was part of a con­tin­gent,’’ she said.

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