Toi Moana - Toi Tangata


In Aotearoa New Zealand we are deeply connected to the oceans that surround us.


Once again, Write On is thrilled to be partnering with Seaweek Canterbury to provide young writers with opportunities and support to write poetry about their connections with the sea. In 2019, many of the winning poems were published in our Write On magazine.


Alongside tips and poetry treats here on the blog, we will run three Master Classes for young writers and ecologists in Year 7-10, with opportunities to connect with local waterways around Ōtautahi Christchurch through poetry. Bookings are open now.


Whakaraupō Day

Lyttelton Harbour/ Whakaraupō

Tutor: Greg O'Connell

Venue: Governors Bay Community Centre

Date: Tuesday March 9th

Times: 9.15-2.45



Pegasus Bay Day

Waimakariri District beaches

Tutors Claire Wright and Desna Wallace

Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date: Friday March 12th

Times: 9.15-2.45

Ihutai Day

The Estuary of the Heathcote and Avon Rivers / Ihutai

Tutor: Gail Ingram

Venue: Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Date: Friday March 12th

Times: 9.15-2.45


See more about our Master Classes here: https://www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/masterclasses


Here is the poster for Seaweek Poetry 2021. Please note that a change has been made to the te reo theme from the national organisation. It is now Toi Moana- Toi Tangata

Seaweek 2021 Poetry Competition Poster (
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Check back for tips and some great sea poems from young writers.