Labour Day essay competition (Southern)

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The Inaugural Labour Day Celebratory Essay Competition 2014 may be of interest to potential entrants in the stated age group within your social and family networks. Please feel free to share the information below and encourage participation in this essay competition.

Please note that because of sponsorship arrangements for the creation of the awards, this essay competition is only open to entrants who reside south of the Waitaki District. Hence, others in Waitaki and elsewhere can run similar competitions of their own!

Inaugural Labour Day Celebratory Essay Competition 2014

& the JB Munro Writing Prizes

Essay question:

“Labour Day is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Monday of every October. What important events, conflicts and values in history does Labour Day signify? What lessons from that are especially relevant to young New Zealanders working and studying today?”

This essay competition is open to all participants 12 to 18 years of age at time of competition close. The purpose of this essay competition is to encourage examination and discussion of the origin, meaning and values associated with Labour Day. This essay competition is sponsored by a donor in Dunedin and is organised by the Andersons Bay-Peninsula Branch of the New Zealand Labour Party.

The JB Munro Writing Prizes have been created in recognition of a Labour Party Parliamentarian who now resides in Mosgiel, Dunedin. JB Munro was the Member of Parliament for Invercargill from 1972 to 1975.

Awards will be given to the two best essays submitted for this competition. In the first category, the JB Munro Junior Writing Prize ($50 book voucher) will be awarded to the best essay (400 to 600-word range) written by a student in the 12 to 14 year-old age group. In the second category, the JB Munro Senior Writing Prize ($100 book voucher) will be awarded to the winner in the 15 to 18 year-old age group (600 to 800-word range). Merit certificates will be awarded to competition runner-ups.

This essay competition has been established to encourage young Kiwis to express why Labour Day is important to them, their friends and their families.

How to Enter:

1.      Entries must meet the terms and conditions for the essay competition: see further below.

2.      Essays should be e-mailed to or posted to Essay Competition, P.O. Box 6257, Dunedin North 9059.

3.      Essays must be received by the organisers before the deadline of 6pm on Friday 31 October 2014. No late entries shall be considered by the judges.

4.      Full contact details such as name, date of birth, email/postal address (including parental contact details, where the entrant is under 16 years old) must be provided for any competition entry to be considered by the judges. Evidence of age (passport, birth certificate or driver’s licence) and residence will be requested for verification before winners are announced.

5.      Questions regarding the competition should be directed to

Terms and Conditions:

a.      In accordance with sponsorship arrangements for the creation of the awards, this competition is only open to entrants who reside south of the Waitaki District.

b.      The submitted essay will be the author’s original work and shall be within the word range as indicated (excluding any citations or references set out as footnotes/endnotes, if supplied by the author). By entering into the competition, the entrant is declaring to the organisers that the essay submitted is the entrant’s own original work.

c.      The essay shall not have been published elsewhere or submitted to any other essay competition. However, an essay that has been submitted for course work will be accepted for this competition. No revisions to the essay will be accepted after it has been submitted to the organisers. Only one submission per entrant will be accepted.

d.      The essay must be typed or written legibly.

e.      A panel of judges will assess the essays and reserve the right not to award a prize. Feedback relating to the essays will not be provided by the judges.

f.       It is a condition of the competition that a photograph may be taken of the winner and used for publicity purposes.

g.      The winning essay(s) may be published in the Newsletter of the Andersons Bay-Peninsula Branch of the New Zealand Labour Party. The essay(s), or sections thereof, may also be printed in or submitted to other publications, as well as disseminated online. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees for the essay submitted to be reproduced or disseminated for wide publicity at the discretion of the organisers.

h.      Any personal information relating to entrants will be used only for the purpose of this competition and will not be disclosed to a third party for any other purposes without the entrant’s prior consent.

12 comments on “Labour Day essay competition (Southern)”

  1. Colonial Rawshark 1

    A great initiative developed and launched by the Andersons Bay-Peninsula Branch (Dunedin South) of the NZ Labour Party.

    As noted above the competition is open to those 12-18 years of age, living south of the Waitaki District. (If you are part of a Labour Party branch or LEC elsewhere in the country and want to run a similar competition please feel free to adapt what we have done here and take it onboard as your own!)

    The Essay competition PDF can be downloaded from the branch’s Face Book page

    Or directly from this Mega link!N8hRxKCQ!e9g7tG3yzQoy7emQ0OPQ49fIqzJOqwP4YXJMmGLJB-I

    Please forward far and wide 🙂

  2. Not a PS Staffer 2

    Will Clare Curran be presenting the prizes?

    • Bill 2.1

      Would it be problematic to have a potential essayist present prizes on the basis that entry qualification is based on emotional, as opposed to physical, age?

      edit – I guess it’d be okay for category 2.

  3. Chris 3

    Maybe Labour Day can be the one day of the year that the Labour Party doesn’t crap on the unemployed? There’s an idea.

  4. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 4

    Hmm … lessons from Labour Day?

    I haven’t thought of that. It has usually been a day to catch up with spring cleaning, mow the lawn (if I can’t find an excuse to do something else), have a beer on the sun deck or go to the beach.

    And there I was, a few days ago, just starting to think what sales might come up during that weekend and what gadgets, appliances, electronics or whiteware I should replace, buy or put on hire purchase or my credit card!

    I will ask the younger members of my southern whanau and their friends to write something. Maybe I can ask to read their essays to see if I can borrow some ideas and report back here after the competition deadline?

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.1

      Sounds great, Kiwiri. If appropriate, the Andersons Bay-Peninsula branch would like to post the winning essay of each age division up on The Standard.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    A relevant essay topic full of potential spark and apt comparisons might be the Labour Day Weta pimped ‘Hobbit marches’ which laid the path for a US corporate to change NZ labour laws via the Hobbit Enabling Act.

  6. Redelusion 6

    To most people like Waitangi Day it’s just a day off, nothing more nothing less. All a bit silly harking back to 8 hour day, 5 day week not really that relevent in today’s context much better off now re choice, flexibility, living conditions etc

    • Clemgeopin 6.1

      harking back to 8 hour day, 5 day week

      Really? Giving 8 hours a day for work, 8 for sleep and 8 for your family and yourself means nothing to you? In this very very short life span, should humans devote lots more than 8 hours a day for their employer, for excessive greed, for money and for accumulation material stuff? Not a life well spent in my opinion. But, of course, it is your right to do what you think is best. I do understand your priorities as that seems to be the prevailing priority in the free market competitive corporate driven world for most people any way.

    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 6.2

      Must try harder. Lack of substance and content. Well short of the requirement for the word range, even for a 12 year-old. One spelling error. Punctuation can be improved. Please avoid contraction.

    • Potato 6.3

      And there we have the employers opinion. I think a lot of workers would disagree.

      (Hope the info for this competition is being sent out to schools)

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