Judging Panel

Our Esteemed Judging Panel

Meet the IWA Judging Panel.


Dr Matthew Farry

Matthew has worked extensively as a leader, educator and researcher in the field of equity and inclusion, migration, settlement, intercultural communication and anti-racism in organisational development. Prior roles include, Assistant-Professor Social Sciences and Education (Lebanese American University, Beirut) and Associate Dean International Education (Unitec, Auckland). He is currently the Director of the Institute for Courageous Conversations about Race South Pacific.


  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) Cultural Anthropology
  • Master of Arts – Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology

Rebecca Emery

Rebecca is an Auckland based communications and advocacy professional. For the last decade Rebecca has been very involved in the media, advocacy, research, and communications work of international development organisations including Oxfam and Amnesty International. Rebecca has traveled extensively, including living and teaching in Japan and living, working and studying in Ireland. Rebecca is currently the Communications Adviser in the Equity Office of the University of Auckland.


  • Master of International Development
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts

Get Involved

in the nationwide conversation


Make sure your school is part of this unique New Zealand competition. Give your students voice. Foster creativity. Teach writing as a communicative skill and nurture its power to connect. The IWA supports teachers. We supply the Unit Cover Plan, an Assessment Cover Sheet and the Essay Question and instructions. You have the option to use the IWA starter for your own assessment purposes and records if you choose. It is your choice how you run the programme, simply select the top three entries from your class to submit. Imagine if your school won.


This is your opportunity to get involved with issues that affect you. Your involvement signals that you agree that students need a platform to express themselves as writers. In this information based society your ability as a generation to connect with global and immediate audiences is unprecedented. The IWA provides connection. Let’s not forget, first prize winner receives $750 for themselves as well as recognition from the IWA for you, your school and your teacher.