Listen to the 2017 finalists of our Lest We Forget poetry competition. The poets read their verse in the World War One Sanctuary as part of our Anzac Day commemorative programme.
The Western Killing Fields
The theme for the 12th annual Lest We Forget Poetry Competition is the 'Western Killing Fields'. After the ordeal of Gallipoli, New Zealanders found themselves sent to the Western Front in France and Belgium.
During the battles for the Somme and Ypres, the cost of war was high for New Zealand, which saw many of its blackest military days. In 1917, as well as the relentless fighting, 14 of our conscientious objectors were shipped to the front line, conscription was extended to Māori and the New Zealand Tunnelling Company took a lead in the preparation for the Battle of Arras. This year you can respond to these events and more.
The competition winners for 2017 are:
Madison Nonoa, 'A Witness For Every Mother' - Rototuna, Hamilton
Declan Mulcahy, 'Cousins' - Volunteer Guide at Auckland Museum
Greg Hall, 'Flowers From the Battlefield' - Devonport, Auckland
12 - 17 category
Jed Munro, 'I Think I Should Know You' - Pinehurst School
Sophie Sun, 'The Sun Rises' - Waiatarua, Auckland
Sophia Redgrove, 'The Empty Space' - Northcross Intermediate
Aria Rhodes, 'Lost Soldier' - Pinehurst School
11 and Under category
Maia Cully, 'The Burchem Cellars' - Northcross Intermediate
James Drake, 'Dear Friend & Taniwha' - Kadima School, Auckland
Georgina Farrington, 'Dearest Ma and Em' - Northcross Intermediate
Listen to or watch the poetry readings by our finalists:
Entries have been judged by a panel of Museum writers, curators, and educators. The judges’ decision is final. Finalists, chosen from each age category, were invited to read their entries at the Museum on Anzac Day at 1pm. Finalists in the 11 and under category will also have their poems published in the children's publication, Toitoi.