Thirty-five students have won prizes in the annual New Zealand Secondary School Essay Competition.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Charlotte Darlow, congratulated the winners on their achievements and thanked the students for taking part in the writing competition.
“Today we have come together to celebrate the achievements and talents of young Fijians who have been so expressive in the way they have explored Fiji-New Zealand relations in this year’s competition,” he said. she declared.
“The competition provides us with an opportunity to seek ideas and new thinking on various topics from Fijian leaders of tomorrow.”
Ms Darlow said the contest also provided a valuable opportunity for future influencers to understand the breadth and depth of the relationship between Fiji and New Zealand.
She also said the joint partnership began in 2008 when the Fiji Association in Auckland raised the idea of marking the 125th anniversary commemoration of the loss of the SS Syria near Suva.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Premila Kumar recognized the winners and all the students for their passion for research, observation and expressing their thoughts through writing.
“Some of you may have had an extremely difficult experience at the height of the pandemic; many would have been stricken with labored memories,” she said.
“But you rebuilt and reconfigured your lives to make sure you completed the journey you started last year. That in itself is pure resilience.
The 2021 essay topics focused on celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiji’s independence and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Fiji and New Zealand and exploring partnership and collaboration between the New Zealand and Fiji to fight COVID-19.
Entries were received from 443 senior students from 88 secondary schools across the country.