Tell a family story and win a prize
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.