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TOGETHER!

LET'S TRAVEL TO LUMINO CITY

In 2021 we will display the National Children’s Lantern Competition lanterns in a virtual exhibition on Wellington waterfront for the first time. This way all the lanterns will be able to be on display during the festival for all to enjoy.

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The National Children's Lantern Competition is now officially closed. A big thank you to all the students who worked hard to create their unique lanterns and to the teachers who made this incredible project possible.

A big thank you to the friends and family who rallied behind their tamariki bringing our number of votes this year to 

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our highest in the competition's history!

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This aspect of the festival would not be possible without our primary sponsor Resene paints who have funded and supplied all of the paints necessary to complete the lantern creations.

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LANTERNS 

DECORATED

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SCHOOLS

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RESENE PAINT 

POTS

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SUBMISSIONS

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VOTES

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TOP

FINALISTS

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Congratulations to our top 10 who gained an incredible amount of public votes. Below are our top 3 who will be making their way to Wellington to experience  the Lumino City Festival and find out the overall winner at the prize giving ceremony. 

In no particular order the top 3 finalists are:

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FINALISTS

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*Below is the continuation of our top 10

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Sheina

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville

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Te Rerewai M

Waipahihi School

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Emmersyn P

Mount View School

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Eva

Ashburton Borough School

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Martina

Ashburton Borough School

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Lachlan M

Ashburton Borough School

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Neveah S

Marina View School

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Layla Jones

Adventure School

Kymani 

Ashburton Borough School

Ellie E

Hampstead School

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GRAND PRIZE

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

 
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Discover New Zealand travel package. Take the scenic route with stops along the way from Auckland to Christchurch with Kiwi Rail and Interislander. 

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

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TWO RUNNERS-UP

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$200 Whitcoulls voucher

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EXHIBITION

In 2021 we will display the lanterns created as part of the National Children’s Lantern Competition in a virtual exhibition at Wellington waterfront for the first time. This way all the lanterns will be able to be on display during the festival for all to enjoy. 

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WORKSHOP

Lantern packs are sent out to schools in the first week of Feb which include:

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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.

 

THEME

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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. 

Source: Department of Conservation

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