Creative Arts Competition 2019

We are proud to present the Creative Arts Competition for 2019!

Friend or Foe? Restoring Habitats-Reducing Threats

Hoa hēhoariri kia haumaru papakāinga

As part of our annual environmental education event Eye on Nature, we invite children to report on our environmental theme through visual arts. 

This competition presents the opportunity for kindergarten aged through to primary and intermediate school children from South and East Auckland to get creative and showcase important messages.

Check out these images from previous Eye on Nature Creative Arts Competitions below:



It is suggested that in term 4 of 2018 teachers introduce the theme to the students to give them enough research time and make a plan about different options of display.Brainstorm & design in term 4 and collect materials. Construct/assemble your creation in term 1.

In term 1, February 2019, (1 month till submission) students are given opportunities to give their creations dedicated time to produce the best quality outcomes according to age and stage.   

Eg. If you wish to create an edible display that uses companion plants so that you do not use herbicide to rid your brassicas of pests (slugs and aphids) get seeds planted in December 2018. An invertebrate paradise will also require many months to inhabit. You may wish to engage an expert to create a viewing box for worms or Wetas.We have lots of up to date resources to support your research.

Online resources: - gives you pictures of non-native creatures and lots of examples of how children can get involved in the debate and some environmental action ideas. – has a tab on Pests and threats and War on weeds which has a simple visual guide on invasive weeds. It also has great resources on native invertebrates. -  a great resource which offers alternative native plants and an opportunity to learn what pest plants look like. is the National Grid for Learning and Auckland Council has a range of resources for teachers. There is a booklet on ‘Invertebrates’ and the another called ‘The Forest Community’, which are designed to support their Learning Through Experience programs. Great teaching resources to ignite, explore, develop and enrich student’s knowledge of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity.


Entry details:

  • Registrations forms must be received by email 11 March 2019.
  • Entries must be delivered on Wednesday 27 March to the Auckland Botanic Gardens Everglade Drive entrance between 2.30-4.30 pm.
  • Judging will take place at 2 pm Thursday 28 March at the event site.
  • All entries will be exhibited at our ‘Eye on Nature’ event until the end of the Family Day on 30 March after which they will be exhibited at the ABG visitors centre gallery till April 26. 
  • All works must be collected by Monday April 29 2019.

Downloadable Documents:

Click here to download all of the above information, the judging criteria and entry/expression of interest form: 

Judging Criteria:




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