A huge thank you to everyone who entered the takahē Hunt Ducker poetry competition!
We thoroughly enjoyed reading all your poems for our special celebration of native New Zealand birds, in fact, you made our National Poetry Day super special. We were especially thrilled with some of your onomatopoeia!
We’d like to give a big shout-out to the wonderful Forest & Bird for gifting us an annual membership for the top prize, and of course to National Poetry Day for sponsoring our top 3 prizes. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Before the big drumroll, we’d like to commend these poets, who sent in some robust, moving, and closely-observed poems, and really gave our judges a tough time in coming to a decision:
Cindy Botha, flight of the pīwa-
Maggie Buxton, Ngā Tūī o Tangihua
Rosie Copeland, Kereru Outside my Window
Jared Doe, Kāhu
Melanie Harding-Shaw, A Problem Solved
Jenna Heller, kereru
Courtney Hilden, 7 Ways of Looking at New Zealand Birds
Amanda Hunt, Rangitata River
Glenda Lassen, Ma te Kanohi Miromiro
Lissa Moore, Kereru
Anna Woods, thirteen ways of looking at a tūī
And now for the big drumroll! The top 3 were absolute stand-outs, offering us finely crafted poems that embraced the theme, and reached beyond it too. We just kept coming back to them. A huge congratulations to:
WINNER: Hebe, suburban pukeko
RUNNER-UP: Jan FitzGerald, Albatross return
RUNNER-UP: Joan Norlev Taylor, Birds, Sanctuary: Rarangi 3