Poor Knights Competition 2022

The closing date for the Poor Knights Competition 2022 is rapidly approaching and we would like to do a throwback to our Poor Knights winners from last year (and maybe give you all a bit of inspiration).

Bill Kelly was our Art Winner. Hailing from Brooklyn School the inspiration for Bill’s winning art piece actually came from when Bill attended one of our 2021 Taputeranga Community Snorkel days. All abuzz with the myriad of underwater marvels he’d seen during his dive, Bill jumped straight into a bus designing competition created by Metlink: On Our Way. Bill drew himself amongst the seaweed and all the colorful fish he saw in Taputeranga Marine Reserve. The underwater themed masterpiece won the competition.

Bill is very involved with his local community through the Vogelmorn Bowling Club and is working to get his community to join him at the next South Coast Clean-up. Keep a weather eye out for Bill’s solar powered number one bus, it’s been running the route from Johnsonville down to Island Bay. If you want to read more about Bill’s experience at Poor Knights, check out this piece he wrote after coming back from the trip. 


Our Action winner was Evelyn Williamson from Kapiti Primary School. She was selected from a team of five tamariki from Kapiti Primary whose winning action project involved a lot of fish counting. Evelyn Williamson, Hayley Purphy, Tara Maxwell, Jack Horgan and Carmel Hiiti partnered with Ben Knight from Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve to monitor fish populations within the marine reserve boundaries. The Big BRUVer project uses video captured from underwater baited cameras and a scientific monitoring method called max fish counts to capture data on whether out fishy friends are flourishing. This data has been providing insight and can be used to help inform future management within this marine space.

Looking for our next winners!

We are once again on the lookout for students that have taken action for the environment or produced artwork inspired by the EMR programme, community snorkel or any marine event they have participated in with MTSW. These students have the chance to enter Mountains to Sea’s Poor Knights competition. This competition is a way to celebrate the efforts that students take to protect and restore their local environment. 

The prize is an all expenses paid weekend away (13th – 15th May) to Poor Knights marine reserve, with all expenses paid for. An incredible opportunity to snorkel in one of the most breathtaking dives spots in Aotearoa.

To view the criteria for both ART and ACTION competitions, please visit our website http://mountainstoseawellington.org/events/. There are some rules the projects need to follow to be able to enter the competition. Email jorge.jimenez@mtsw.org.nz for an entry form when you are ready to submit an entry. Just note that the prize is limited to 1 student and 1 guardian per category: Art and Action; therefore if a group of students enters the competition and wins, they will need to pick the one student that will represent them on the trip.

Entry deadline is Wednesday 13th April, 5pm. All Entry Forms (or any questions about the competition) need to be sent to jorge.jimenez@mtsw.org.nz. Art entries will need to have photos of the artwork attached. If you have photos of the students taking action we would also love to see them.

Share this Project