Milky Way Kiwi


Students in Years 5–8 and 9–13 are invited to submit an essay of not more than 600 words or a poem of no more than 40 lines by 12 August 2013.

 Students are invited to choose one of these themes:

  • I am inspired by stars in the night sky;
  • What can we do about light pollution?;
  • Darkness.

Prose or poetry can be imaginary, historical or scientifically based.

Judges will be looking for knowledge of the southern stars and either good research or imaginative use of astronomy.

Clearly expressed, grammatically correct English is expected.

The 10 best entries will win an exciting all-expenses-paid weekend at Tekapo, a kitset Galileoscope and a visit to the University Observatory at Mt John along with a Certificate presented by veteran NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, who will be at the festival as a special guest.

For further information and how to enter please refer to the attached document and go to

The competition is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival, organised by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky reserve Board in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

Makenzie's Dog at Lake TekapoLake Tekapo August 2012

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