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Harcourts Gold Spitfire Art Competition, Christchurch


Harcourts Gold Spitfire Art Competition, Christchurch 

Theme: Artwork with a Chinese Element  

This art competition, which was open to all schools in the South Island, with two categories:

Years 1 – 6 and Years 7 – 10 was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, 50th anniversary of NZ/China diplomatic relations and 125th anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley. It was co-sponsored by Harcourts Gold Spitfire and our society’s Christchurch branch.

Amazingly we received 213 entries, from Nelson down to western Southland. The standard of entries was amazing, which made the task of the judges very difficult. The prizegiving ceremony was held at Turanga (Christchurch Central Library) on Saturday 26 November. Over 100 people attended the event, and it was very obvious how excited the children were to see their artwork on public display, and how proud their parents were.

The ceremony was very ably MCd by branch member Laura Carter. We were honoured to have Chinese Consul General in Christchurch H.E. He Ying, our society’s patron Sir David Carter and Mitchell MacDonald, Branch Manager Harcourts Spitfire Square Branch in attendance, and they took part in the presentation of the prizes.

Interspersed throughout the ceremony were several cultural performances, which were warmly received.

After the presentation of prizes a photo was taken of all participants.

We received very positive comments from children, parents and teachers about the event so we hope this will become an annual activity.

We wish to thank Harcourts Gold Spitfire for their very generous sponsorship of this important and fun event, and the prizes of iPads, digital cameras and movie tickets they provided.

And finally, a photo to prove committee member Laura does know one end of a mop from the other!

Harcourts Gold Spitfire & New Zealand China Friendship Society  Art Competition Winners

Senior Group (Year 1-6)

Mia Wang
Senior 1st


Senior 2nd

King Xu
Senior 2nd

Penny Dai
Senior 3rd 
 Miaoran Lin
Senior 3rd 

Anya Gao
Senior 3rd


Junior Group (Year7-10)

Joyce Xu
Junior 1st


Eric Liu
Junior 2nd


Alice He
Junior 2nd


Stacey Zhao
Junior 3rd




Sophie Tu
Junior 3rd