2022 IWA Winners

2022 Telling Stories, Trailblazers and Torchbearers Year 7 & 8 Division First Place Scarlett Baker, Palmerston North Intermediate School, for her entry Grace Tame. Scarlett’s essay can be read here. Second Place Lola Porter, Waitakere Primary School, for her entry, Kathleen Hanna. Lola’s essay can be...

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2021 IWA Winners

Phenomenal standard of writing again this year. The 2021 topic, You, Me and the Media cast a wide net for our writers. Submissions ranged from social media to classic literature, historical mediums to futuristic, traditional journalism to gonzo, the media’s capacity to build, connect and educate...

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The 2020 IWA Winners

First Place Year 7 & 8 Division N. Weston, Remuera Intermediate School, Auckland N Weston,author of the IWA 2020 Winning Essay,‘Frank William Weston,’pictured with the Author and School Trophies, First Place Certificate and the $750 Prize Money. ‘Frank William Weston’ can be accessed here in PDF...

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The 2019 IWA Winners

First Place Winner: Charlotte Prebble, Wā Ora Montessori School, Lower Hutt Comments from the Judging Panel Rebecca Emery: “A stand out essay written with feeling and fervor and with a deep understanding of Te Ao Māori. The effortless joining of ideas with phrases and poetry is...

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The 2019 IWA Essay Question

Power to the People: Protest and Social Movement. The 2019 topic,Power to the People: Protest and Social Movement, began by looking at some of Aotearoa’s major historical protests, including the Suffragettes, Parihaka, Bastian Point and the 1981 Springbok Tour. Discussion then moved to the American Civil...

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The 2018 IWA Winners

First Place Winner: Caitlin Ryan Essay title: Superheroes and Barbies (PDF link) School: Greytown School, South Wairarapa. Caitlin pictured (right) with her teacher, Alex Southall (left), holding the Author and School Trophies respectively. Summary: Caitlin’s essay, “Superheroes and Barbies” is an astutely considered and superbly crafted...

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