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Due to COVID-19 and the inability of overseas travel the first place prize has been changed to a travel New Zealand prize package. 

  • First prize receives: 

    • Explore New Zealand travel package. Take the scenic route through New Zealand and enjoy stops along the way with Kiwi Rail and Interislander. 

    • $1,000 cash prize to go towards their school’s art fund

  • The two runners-up receive:

    • $200 Whitcoulls voucher.

One of the pillars of Wellington Lantern Festival is to inspire creativity in children and young people. Our National Children’s Lantern Workshop embodies this and encourages imagination and creativity in primary school children around New Zealand by providing them resources to create their own lanterns. This year we have 157 schools with over 15,000 students from 14 different regions participating, our largest amount of schools thus far. 


The creation of the Children’s Lantern Competition and Workshops is a four month process with organisation and design of children's lanterns to coordination with schools along with the competition going live and the winners being announced at the festival. 


Lantern packs are sent out to schools in the first week of Feb which include:
Lantern Templates (3 variations)
Paint from Resene
Video Tutorials (available on website)


There are no physical workshops this year due to covid-19, however, teachers can access all Lantern Workshop information through our website to run workshops themselves.
All resources and materials are provided to participating schools, free of charge, thanks to our sponsor Resene.



2021’s theme for the Children’s Lantern is conservation and sustainability. The lanterns are made from Promeg Polypropylene. It is made efficiently, retains strength, and can be recycled numerous times, making it one of the easiest printable materials to use sustainably. We want to teach children ways that they can reuse their lanterns rather than throwing them away after the festival. 

The lantern designs depict nine different endangered New Zealand animals from the Māui dolphin to the Powelliphanta snail there are a range of animals students will learn about. Schools are also provided with an educational video describing the habitats and facts about each animal to encourage further learning of our endangered species. 


FAQ and T&C's

1.What is the cost to enter?

Nothing. This is free to all participating Primary schools. All materials (templates and paint) are provided 

2.Who can enter?

Any Primary School child (yr 1-6) in New Zealand

3.When does registration close?

Registration is now closed.

7.What does the photo submission look like?

We will provide you with an example layout (see Workshop Proposal) 

8.When does public voting open?

Public voting is now open and will close 1st June 2021 unless extended by organisers.

9.How many times can I vote?

One vote per email address

4.How many classes can enter?

No limit – first in first served, we have 15,000 lantern templates available. 

5. How do we get the template & paints?

Both will be sent to schools in the first week of February 2021 

6.How do we submit entries?

We will provide a shared Google Drive Folder for you to upload your schools lanterns to by the 1st of April 2021 

10.When does voting close?

1st June 2021 unless extended by organisers

11.When are the three finalists notified?

Shortly after voting is closed

12.When is the winner announced?

Evening on Friday 15th October 2021 at the official event prize-giving

13.Prize winners

No correspondence will be entered into with the organisers once the finalists and overall prize winner have been made.