Arbor Day Writing Competition 

Thank you to everyone who entered the Arbor Day Writing Competition.  There were over fifty entries, and we appreciate all the care and thought people put into them.  Read about the winners here.   

Do you have a tree that is special for you?  If so, this may be just what you’re looking for.  Massey University is inviting entries to its Arbor Day Writing Competition.  

What do I write about? 

We are asking you to write about a tree that is special for you. Describe the tree and tell us the story of why you are drawn to it.  

The tree can be important to you for any reason. For example, it could be:

• a memorial tree.

• a tree you played in as a child.

• a tree you think is beautiful.

• a tree that was part of an experience you had.

• a tree that has political significance, e.g. a tree related to One Tree Hill.     

The tree may be alive now or it may be dead. It may be one you want to save from being cut down. It may be a famous tree or one few people have seen.      

If you know what type of tree it is, e.g. birch, totara, kauri, mention this. 

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all people living in New Zealand. There are two categories of entry:

1. Under 15 years of age.

2. 15 years and over.

How much do I write? 

We are only expecting a few paragraphs, and no more than 700 words.  

When are the entries due? 

Entries close on 7 July 2015.  

What are the prizes? 

The winner in each category will receive $100.  

Do I have to pay money to enter?

No. Entry is free. 

May I enter more than once? 

Yes, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form. 

How will the writing be judged? 

Preference will be given to entries that:

• tell a story of why the tree is special to you.   

• include a short description of the tree (and the type of tree, if known).   

• are fluently expressed and well structured. 

• evoke emotion.

• show originality.

What do I have to do? 

1. Write your story about why the tree is important to you.  

2. Read the competition rules.  Click here for competition rules 

3. Either: 

(a). Fill in the online entry form and enter your writing online. Click here for online entry 


(b)  Send the entry form plus a copy of your entry to: 

Arbor Day Writing Competition

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442 

Arbor Day Writing Competition entry.pdf (71 KB)

Who are the judges? 

Dr Heather Kavan. Heather lectures in Speech Writing and Feature Writing at Massey University. 

Associate Professor Juliana Mansvelt. Juliana lectures in Human Geography at Massey University.  

When will I know the results? 

We will notify competition winners in August 2015.

What shall I do if I have further questions?  

Please contact Dr Heather Kavan at Massey University (06) 9516969 or email     

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