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Essay Competition

Essay Competition

Essay Competition

THE 2019 COMPETITION

The 2019 Maxim Institute Essay Competition is an opportunity for young thinkers to reflect on the kind of society they want to see New Zealand become. A prize of $5000 was awarded to the author of the winning essay, as judged by a panel that included Maxim Institute staff and Dr Tom Noakes-Duncan, Lecturer in the Restorative Justice Programme at the Victoria University School of Government.

The winning essay was written by Susan Wardell; the result announced at the 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture.

Read Susan’s winning essay:
Weaving together: Aroha as capacity and work

THE CONTEXT:

This year, we invited entrants to explore what a hopeful and transformative response to the tragedy in Christchurch might look like.

“We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage. We can. And we will surround you with aroha, manaakitanga and all that makes us, us. Our hearts are heavy but our spirit is strong.”

– Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

ESSAY QUESTION:

Discuss how New Zealand society could understand and apply aroha and manaakitanga as guiding principles in our long-term response to the Christchurch terror attacks. 

In your answer you should consider policy and cultural responses at different levels of society. Where appropriate, you should draw on historical examples of how other societies and communities have responded in the wake of traumatic and violent events. 

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