Call for poetry entries


This year we invite you to take part in our New Zealand Wars poetry competition.

Submissions are now open for poems on the theme "In the Bonds of Love We Meet... Who is the 'We'?" 

Open for those 16 years and above, this is an opportunity to reflect on the New Zealand Wars.

What does it mean to honour what was essentially a 30 year civil war fought by the New Zealand government at the time, for the British Crown, against its own citizens? What are the repercussions that are still felt today and how can we move into an new understanding of where we are because of where we have been?

Whose history will be told and who will do the telling? Let your voice be heard.

Winners will read their poems in the Museum on the official Day of Commemoration on Monday 28 October.

Please email your entries to

This commemoration is important to continue to explore New Zealand's past and to find pathways to perceive our future. There are many unknown and forgotten stories concerning the New Zealand Wars that we can encourage children, youth and adults who call New Zealand home to seek out or have conversions about and try to comprehend this dark time in our history.

These poems will go some way in revealing to listeners or readers our collective blind spots or challenge our assumptions. With the announcement by the Prime Minster recently regarding the introduction of New Zealand history as a compulsory part of the curriculum its an important time to hold this conversation with all New Zealanders.

Conditions of Entry:
Writers can choose to respond to the theme in poetry or prose, but must be 16 years of age and above at time of submission. 

Open to Auckland Residents only. 

Winners will perform their poems in the Museum on Monday 28 October at 11AM (Please note this is Labour Day).

Entries must be received by 5pm on Saturday 19 October, 2019. Entries will be judged by a panel of Museum writers, curators and educators. The judges' decision is final. Finalists, chosen from each age category will be invited to read their entries inside the Museum on Labour Day at 11AM.