My WW1 Hero

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Competition Details

Do you have a family member who served in World War One? Are you interested in finding out about somone who did? They could have been a soldier, a chaplain, a nurse, an artist…

Research and present a written account or short film about someone who served in World War One and you could be in to win an iPad for you and a digital camera and 3D printer for your school, kindly sponsored by the Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust.

Who can enter? Students who are in Year 7 or Year 8 in the 2015 school year. Students must attend school, or be home-schooled, in the Rotorua District.
Entry Dates: Entries are accepted from 1 January 2015 until 5pm on Monday 30 March 2015.
1. Written Submission in English
2. Written Submission in Te Reo Māori
3. Short Film Submission in English
4. Short Film Submission in Te Reo Māori
Students may only enter once across all categories.
How to enter? Please send entries (email files less than 10MB, or post USB) and completed entry form to: Emma Liley, Education Manager, Rotorua Museum, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua 3046, or Email

Please download the My WW1 Hero Entry Pack for full competition terms and entry requirements.

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Competition Prizes

The winner in each of the four categories will receive an iPad for themselves.

A digital camera and 3D printer will be donated to the winners school/learning group or home-school.

Prizes are not transferrable and no cash alternative is available.
Prizes are generously donated by Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust.

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We would like to recognise the support of:

Rotorua District Library
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Rotorua Returned and Services Association
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Timeline & Tips

Competition Timeline
1 January 2015 – Entries open
February 2015 – Reference librarian Amanda Hemara is available on Thursday’s from 3.30pm – 4.30pm at Rotorua District Library
30 March 2015 – Entries close
13-15 April 2015 – Judging of entries
17 April 2015 – Winners announced

Research Tips
Who to research? Choose a person who played a role in World War One (1914-1918). They can be from anywhere in the world but must be an actual person, not a fictional character.
What to research? Think about the role they played in World War One – how did it affect their family, their colleagues, their country and the war in general. If possible explore what happened to the person before, during and after the war. Thoughts, feelings or quotes from family members or friends that are alive today are recommended.
Where to get information? The Rotorua District Library is a fantastic source of information. Students can see the Reference Librarian every Thursday in February 2015, from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Teachers can organise class visits to the library for research, please Email at least 3 weeks in advance.

Please download Research Tips for more information sources and research guidelines.

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Entry Packs & Contacts

Entry Packs
Entry packs include competition entry form, handy research tips and guidelines and full terms and conditions.

Click here for My WW1 Hero Entry Pack (English)

Click here for My WW1 Hero Entry Pack (Te Reo Māori)

Judges Announced
Check out the latest press release announcing the competition judges.

For more information or any queries please contact:
Emma Liley
Education Manager, Rotorua Museum
07 350 0563

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