Sorry, your browser is too old to view this website.

Click Here To See How To Update or

Visit our basic site

Sunday, March 25, 2018

SunLive - The Bay's news first
Home >> Local News >>

Battle of Passchendaele competition open

Posted at 6:01pm Thursday 20 Apr, 2017

The 2017 Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition is now open for submissions.

On October 12, 1917, 845 New Zealanders died at Bellevue Spur, part of the Passchendaele campaign of the First World War.

A further 2700 were wounded, making it the single bloodiest day in our nation’s history.

The annual competition, open to all Year 13 students, asks students to explore what that significant day means to them though the medium of their choice.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Bennett says it is one of the bleakest days in the country’s history.

“It’s important we continue to reflect on the sacrifice made in the fields of Belgium 100 years ago. One way to continue the legacy is through today’s youth. I look forward to seeing students sharing their stories and experiences of remembering New Zealand’s service in war and conflict.”

The winning Year 13 student will receive a $2000 education contribution and, along with the runner up, will travel to Belgium to attend the Battle of Passchendaele centenary commemorations in October 2017.

This year there is also a special Year 12 ‘speech writing’ category marking the centenary of Passchendaele. The winner of the Year 12 category will represent New Zealand youth, and read their winning entry at the national commemorative ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Entries close Friday May 12.

For more information, visit


There are no comments on this article.

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment.


    No Related Articles



Amazing sunbow at 9am. Photo: Waltraut Speidel.

Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty.