Hunt Ducker poetry competition

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2019, and with our special friends, Forest & Bird, takahē introduces the Hunt Ducker Poetry Competition!

Hunt Ducker? Yeah, Hunt Ducker, because we want your words about New Zealand’s awesome native birds. Celebrate the natural beauty (or the natural comedy) of anything from a pīwakawaka to a kākāpō, an albatross to a fairy tern.

First prize is a year’s membership to Forest & Bird and a year’s subscription to takahē magazine, with your poem shared on social media and considered for publication by both organisations.

Two runners-up will receive takahē subscriptions, their poem shared on social media, and consideration for publication in takahē.

We especially want to hear from new and emerging poets, so don’t be whakamā. Give us a tweet, a chirrup, or a flap about your favourite fowl! Entry is free, and open from 13 July until midnight 22 August 2019.

For full entry details, see our Competitions page. Good luck!





  • Mary

    July 20, 2019 at 10:31 am Reply

    For the Hunt Ducker Poetry Competition 2019… what/where is postal address to send it in by N.Z. Mail…and CAN’T find entry form in Competitions…(to print out for someone else who does not have a computer)
    We love all our Birds…Thanks…
    Mary in Auckland

    • Zoë Meager

      August 4, 2019 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Hi Mary, this competition doesn’t have a postal entry option, but you’re welcome to send someone else’s entry in for them via social media or email – just ensure you send along their contact details with the entry. Cheers 🙂

  • Peta Hudson

    August 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Are there any more criteria for the entries for the Hunt Ducker competition? Such as where to place the poet’s name and previously published or unpublished poems.

    • Zoë Meager

      August 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm Reply

      Hi Peta, work must be previously unpublished, but we don’t have any criteria about formatting or where your name goes. Cheers 🙂

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