An essay competition has been launched in Tauranga's secondary schools to raise youth interest in the city's proposed new museum on Cliff Road.
Students are being asked to define their idea of a modern museum, and justify why Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty would benefit from it.
Promoted by Taonga Tauranga, a voluntary group of Tauranga residents supporting the museum project, the essay competition has been created to encourage youth to pen their thoughts on having a museum as the council's referendum approaches.
Taonga Tauranga believes youth are possibly the largest user group for the future museum but don't get a voice in the referendum.
Sponsorship for the competition is being largely provided by Tauranga-based company Classic Builders, which supports the museum initiative.
Company director Peter Cooney says: “The museum project will be an attractive addition to Tauranga providing a worthy showcase for the city's heritage.”
Locally established over 20 years ago, he says Classic Builders has a strong interest in seeing that the cultural development of the city is equally as important as other development initiatives and the company is pleased to support the essay competition for this reason.
The other sponsor for the competition, Holland Beckett Law (HOBEC), has been part of Tauranga's story for over 80 years.
Partner Simon Collett says: “The firm has an important role to play in promoting the benefits a museum will bring to Tauranga. We have always maintained a trustee presence on the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust for this reason.”
HOBEC are sponsoring a first prize of $1000 and second prize of $500 in the Years 11, 12, 13 category.
The essay competition has both junior and senior categories and secondary schools are asked to submit their best two essays in each category.
The two categories are Years 9 and 10, and Years 11, 12 and 13. The word limit is 800 to 1000 words in both categories.
The competition closes midday March 27.
The winners of the Years 9 and 10 category will receive a return trip to Dunedin to visit the studios of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), the company creating innovative graphics that enhance the viewers experience when watching the Americas Cup, Cricket and World Golf tournaments and visit Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, which incorporates ARL technology into its exhibits. The museum recently underwent a $37m revamp.
The four students from each secondary school whose essays are submitted for judging will be invited to the Classic Builders sponsored prize giving on April 4 at the Tauranga Art Gallery starting at 5.30pm.