The Challenge

Show us how wild for wildlife your tamariki are! 

This year we are asking all tamariki to ‘get wild for wildlife’ by learning more about a species they are interested in, figuring out ways to help that species in the wild and then sharing their message with others!

This is a competition open to all primary and intermediate aged tamariki from Hamilton to Warkworth, and the competition is open to all tamariki-focused community groups to enter!

How to enter:

Tell, show, present –This could be in the form of a video, a slideshow, an essay, or any other method telling us all about what you wondered, learnt, did and shared!

Competition entry deadline: By 4pm, 23 September 2022

Submission is open for:

  • Primary and intermediate aged levels (0-6) including schools and community groups.
  • One entry per class / group.
  • The competition has been set up as an inquiry-based project, designed to fit into different inquiry learning cycles.
  • The project is flexible - it can be done as a whole class, in groups, or as individuals (independent learning projects).

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Tips and Tricks

Register your interest today to get all our tips and tricks for entering and to ensure you don't miss out on this amazing experience!

To help you shape the projects for tamariki, we've created a teacher support kit with ideas and resources to help with the learning journey.

Download the kit now: 

Teacher Information Student Worksheets

Prize pack details

There are 8 prizes which shall be distributed to winners of the competition:

First Prize – Top entry

  1. A free educational trip to the zoo for one class/group (up to 30 students and 6 adults).
  2. A behavioural enrichment education session where you will create some special items for a specific animal (flexible as could possibly fit to the animal they have been learning about).
  3. Meet and greet a Zoo keeper and present your enrichment to them where you will watch your items be distributed through a habitat for the wildlife to use.

Second Prize

  1. A free self-guided trip to the zoo for one class/group (up to 30 students and 6 adults).
  2. A quick meet and greet Q&A with keeper of species learnt about.

Third Place

  1. A free online session with our Conservation Learning Team including a Q&A with a keeper.
  2. Learning pack of activities for your class/group.

Five Runner ups

  1. Free online education session with Conservation Learning Team.

We will be judging on the following three main points, but make sure you have fun doing them:

Learn – what new learning have the ākonga undertaken.
Do – what did your ākonga do after learning about their chosen species.
Share – how did they share their message and what was the outcome.

We’re not necessarily looking at how successful the doing and sharing was but rather the effort and attempts made. We want everyone to do their best!

  1. To enter, teachers must complete the entry form and upload their project and enter before 4pm, 23 September 2022.
  2. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these terms and conditions. Any entry not complying with these terms and conditions is invalid.
  3. Entry is open to all Primary and Intermediate Schools year 0 – 8 from Hamilton to Warkworth.
  4. Entry is open to all tamariki-focused community groups year 0 – 8 from Hamilton to Warkworth.
  5. The overall winning entry will win free class entry (up to 30 students and 6 adults) to Auckland Zoo and free bus transport.  
  6. Competition closes midnight on 23 September 2022. The entries will be judged by Mazda New Zealand and Auckland Zoo. representatives and all entrants will be advised of the winners via an e-mail on Friday 18 October.
  7. Winning classes will be able to book session times via the Auckland Zoo education booking system for visits during term four in 2022. 
  8. It is the responsibility of the winning entrant to book its class session date and time with the Auckland Zoo Conservation Learning Team.
  9. Auckland Zoo reserves the right to verify the validity of all entries and reserves the right to disqualify any individual entrant or group of entrants for tampering with the entry process, including but not limited to submitting an entry that is not otherwise in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  10. If the prize remains unclaimed despite Auckland Zoo’s best endeavours to contact the prize winners, the prize will be forfeited, and Auckland Zoo may conduct an unclaimed prize draw to award the unclaimed prize.
  11. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. By entering the competition, the prize winner agrees that Auckland Zoo and Mazda New Zealand may use their names and pictures for publicity and promotion purposes, without compensation.
  13. Auckland Zoo’s general terms and conditions of entry apply at all times during your Zoo visit.
  14. Prize must be redeemed within term four in 2022.
  15. Dates of visit will depend on staff and session availability.
  16. The prize does not include meals.
  17. Prize cannot be sold, exchanged for cash, or other Auckland Zoo products.
  18. Learn more about Mazda New Zealand here:

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