Waikato school students are being invited to enter an artwork, poem, story or essay relating to tui and bellbirds in Hamilton Halo’s first schools competition.
The region’s primary and secondary school students have until Friday, June 1 to get in entries, which could win them and their schools prizes of books and trees.
Three winning entries from primary and intermediate aged students will each receive a copy of Sensational Survivors by Sandra Morris and a $30 book voucher. The three winning secondary students will each get a copy of New Zealand Forest Birds and Their World by Geoff Moon and a $50 book voucher.
All the schools with winning entries will receive a native sapling to plant in their grounds and a copy of Carving the future on DVD.
The Hamilton Halo organisers say entries could be about actions that help encourage tui and bellbirds to visit gardens, a description of tui and/or bellbird characteristics, or a personal experience with either of the native birds.
The Hamilton Halo project aims to bring native birds, starting with tui and bellbirds, back into Hamilton city. The ‘halo’ is a 20km ring drawn around Hamilton, taking in key sites where tui and bellbirds breed and where pest control is undertaken.
More information about the schools competition, including entry details, is available online here at the Waikato Regional Council website. Entries close on Friday, June 1.
Students looking for ideas and information about Hamilton Halo’s work will also be able to visit its stand, shared with Project Echo, at the Waikato Show being held Claudelands Events Centre from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29.