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Student Opportunities
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Opportunities, Competitions & Scholarships

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Signals Young Writers Awards 2023

The Michael King Writers Centre is offering an opportunity to young writers to win cash rewards for their work along with having their work published in Signals 2024. Entries may be in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry. 

Entries close on Monday 28 August 2023 and selections will be announced in early October.

Find out more here.


Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, NanoCamp is a four-day residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. We're looking for current year 12 or 13 students with a strong academic background who are planning to continue with science.

Applications for NanoCamp 2024 are open and can be made here. Applications close end of day Sunday 27 August, 2023.

Find out more here

Discovery Camp for Māori and Pasifika

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, DiscoveryCamp is a four day science camp for current year 12 and 13 Māori and Pacific Island students with a genuine passion for the sciences.

Applications for DiscoveryCamp 2024 are open and can be made here. Applications close end of day Sunday 27 August, 2023.

Poster Design Competition

The competition is divided into two categories: junior and senior. The junior category is for participants up to year 10, and the senior category for years 11-13. Instead of awarding first, second, and third places, the top 3 commendable poster designs in each category will be acknowledged and rewarded with a $50 Prezzy Card.

Click here to view the posters from last year’s celebrations along with additional Te Tiriti-based Multicultural Day resources.

Poster designs can be submitted for consideration to info@mnz.org.nz

The closing date for the competition is midday on Wednesday the 9th of August 2023.

University of Otago’s MHWDU REACH Scholarship

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. The University of Otago, Māori Health Workforce Development Unit is pleased to inform you that applications for the Otago REACH (Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health) scholarship are now open. This scholarship is for Year 13 Māori secondary students interested in a career in health and is hosted by the University of Otago. The Scholarship covers; flights, accommodation, food and activities over 3 days.

The main requirement is that students have a aspiration in a career in health. Studying science subjects at level 2 and 3, and their involvement or interest in te Ao Māori will strengthen their application however we strongly encourage all students with aspirations in health.

The REACH Otago Scholarship provides the opportunity for up to twenty Year 13 Māori students to spend three nights and days on the University of Otago's Dunedin campus. Students from across New Zealand experience university life first-hand: living in, and visiting, residential colleges; attending lectures; meeting current Otago students; and learning about the various degree and study options Otago offers, particularly in health.

For further information please refer to the attached document or the link below – Applications also available via the link. Applications close 15th of June, 2023.
The programme itself will run from July 31 - August 3, 2023.


Bluelight Leadership Voyage Short Film Competition.

Kia Ora mai tatou Katoa, Hello everyone!

This is to officially announce the launch of this year’s short film competition.

Everyone at Bluelight is hoping you’ve had a great summer holiday so far and would like to invite you and your school to take part in this year’s opportunity to create a Short Film and advertise the topic we have put together.

A special shout out to last year’s winners, VERRAN PRIMARY SCHOOL and ST. JOSEPHS’s SCHOOL (HAWERA) for their outstanding victory and their creative films to do with “how do I fit in?” and “My public self vs my true self”.

We hope that this year’s topic of “Why is education important?” will be able to spark, not only some imaginative talent, but bring awareness to young minds around how impacting education is for everyone.

There are cash prizes for the two divisions - PRIMARY & INTERMEDIATE and SECONDARY SCHOOLS. First and second places available to both, so get stuck in and apply now.

Contact me by responding to me in this email or follow the link to our website and get further information there.

Leadership Voyages (bluelight.co.nz)

New Zealand Physics and Mathematics Competition (NZPMC) 2023 is NOW OPEN!

Registrations for New Zealand Physics and Mathematics Competition (NZPMC) 2023 are NOW OPEN!

Speak with Dr Mohan or Mrs Burton if you are interested in entering this competition. 

NZPMC is a nationally standardised Physics and Mathematics competition open to all secondary students across Aotearoa. In past years, we have had hundreds of students coming from all corners of the country including Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Whangarei and many other cities.

This year, the competition will continue in a two-round format with students individually sitting a test based on the NZQA curriculum. The questions are designed to guide and challenge young Kiwi Scientists to extend their interests in Physics and Mathematics.

There is $3000 worth of monetary prizes along with medals and trophies at round 2. Round 1 of the competition will be held online. Successful students will be invited to Round 2 of the competition which will be held in-person at the University of Canterbury.

OnScreen National Short Film making competition

Registrations are open now, and close 22 September — final films are due on 18 October. 

NZ On Screen is thrilled to support another year of student filmmaking with Showquest — the team behind Smokefreerockquest, Smokefree Tangata Beats, Rockshop Bandquest, Toi and Stills — and the 2023 OnScreen short film challenge.

OnScreen is a nationwide short film competition, open to all high-school students across Aotearoa, and free to enter. For the first time in 2023, there is also a Junior section of OnScreen for student filmmakers Year 1-8: submit any original short film of up to five minutes and be in to win $500!

Find out more about what is required and how it works on this link here - OnScreen  

There are three sections for 2023:

  • Narrative Short Film: In this section you can make any kind of short film you like — funny, serious, dramatic, animated, scary or a combo of all the above.
  • Documentary: You can tackle a serious topic, something close to your heart, something you are wanting to learn about — or try your hand at a funny mockumentary.
  • Music Video: Think music videos, a musical or narrative film all about music. All music must be original or royalty-free. This is a great opportunity to link up with a friend’s band to create an epic music video.

For more information contact:

Showquest: Kelsey Moller – Kelsey@rqp.co.nz
NZ On Screen: Leanda Borrett – Leanda@nzonscreen.com

NZPMC Workshops

The NZPMC Workshops are events held in-person to inspire young minds to pursue studies in the STEM field and compete in the NZPMC. These events help students prepare for the NZPMC, by providing them with consistent updates of the competition and future workshop dates. The workshops are a great networking opportunity with lectures run by experts in the field and lab-based activities in the works. Outside of the workshops, the online student forum run by the workshop team is a great place to have any burning questions answered, or just to chat with like-minded people.

Our very first NZPMC Introduction Workshop will provide students insight into what the NZPMC is, how it is run and who it is run by. It’s also a great chance to network with other students and NZPMC staff, make new friends and have fun with the activities we have planned for the event. To register your interest fill out the form here.

Register your interest for NZPMC workshops here.

Dr John Innes Scholarship

Applications are now open for this Scholarship, valued at $5,000 per annum for three years. Entries close 15 August. Apply online via www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships/

Whakamahuki | Background information

The family of Dr John Innes, MA, LLD (1860−1941) established the scholarship in 1962 in memory of their father, who was one of the first graduates of Canterbury University College and the first principal of Marlborough College, Te Waiharakeke Blenheim. One scholarship is available to a candidate from MGC every year if the eligibility criteria is met.

In making the recommendations, the selection panel gives equal consideration to:

a. school and community activities, including contribution to school and community life;

b. academic achievement.

Preference may be given to applicants intending to undertake study in History, languages, Law, or literature, the subjects in which Dr Innes had his interests.

The scholarship must be taken up in the year following the year of application for full time study in a degree programme at the University and is available for three years.