Winners of the Waikato District Libraries Matariki competition were recognised with a prizegiving with 12 recipients from the North Waikato.
The competition encouraged people to celebrate the Maori New Year through a short story, poem or designing a book cover. The age categories were 5-9, 10-15 and 16 years and over.
Customer delivery manager Angela Parquist said Matariki celebrations have been gathering momentum.
Judges were artist Paul Bradley, Tuakau author Janet Pates and Raglan resident Nadine Rogers.
16 years and over winner: Eden Wawatai, Ngaruawahia, runner up: Des Maskell, Orini. 10-15 years winner: Toni Comins, Huntly, runner up: Oshyn Johnson, Huntly. 5-9 years runner up: Dillinjah Strickland, Huntly. 16 years and over winner: Wirihana Eriepa, Ngaruawahia, runner up: Lauren Hughes, Te Kauwhata; 10-15 years winner: Emma Woods, Huntly, runner up: Brooke Shead, Huntly. 5-9 years runner up: Alexis Muru, Huntly. 16 years and over winner: Cheryl Williams, Huntly. 5-9 years winner: Isaac Muru King, Huntly.
Book cover Short story Poem