International Institute of Modern Letters

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2013

Read the winning and finalist poems. (Website courtesy of Neogine.)

Winner

Emma Shi, Yr 13, Pakuranga College, Auckland)

Runners-up

Madeleine Ballard (Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland)

Holly Brendling (Baradene College, Auckland)

Bryony Campbell (Wellington East Girls' College)

Timothy Fraser (Hutt International Boys' School, Upper Hutt)

Didi Hughes (The Correspondence School, Tokomaru Bay)

Philippa McMenamin (Villa Maria College, Christchurch)

Isabelle McNeur (Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti, Christchurch) 

Abigail Mossman (Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School, Fielding)

Ruby Solly (Western Heights High School, Rotorua)

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2012

Read the winning and finalist poems. (Website courtesy of Neogine.)

Winner

Haro Lee, Yr 12, St Cuthbert's College

Runners-up

Arie Bates-Hermans (Wellington High School)

Maria Ji (St Cuthbert's College)

Catherine Marshall (Rangi Ruru College)

Beth Rust (Karamu High School)

Ruby Solly (Tauhara College)

Sam Spekreijse (Wellington College)

Annie Stevenson (St Andrews College)

Jade Trim (Taradale High School)

Olivia Whyte (St Andrews College)

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2011

Read the winning and finalist poems. (Website courtesy of Neogine.)

Winner

Eden Tautali, Year 13, St Cuthbert's College

Runners-up

Amy Barnard (Taradale High School)

Lucy Brownlee (St Andrews College)

Lachlan Dixon (Wellington High School)

Madison Hamill (Queens High School)

Chelsea Lund (Te Kura - The Correspondence School)

Alexandra Morris (Karamu High School)

Vinay Patel (Wellington College)

Hayley Russell (Rangi Ruru Girls' School)

Nikita Ward (Paraparaumu College)

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2009

Download the winning and finalist poems (3.07MB PDF).

Winner - Best Poem

Charlotte Trevella, Year 13, Rangi Ruru Girls' School

Winner - Best Lyric

Sammy Hickson, Year 11, Middleton Grange School

Runners-up - Best Poem

Birgitta Swanberg   (Northcote College)

Georgia Johnstone  (Epsom Girls' Grammar School)

Alisha Lews   (Epsom Girls' Grammar School)

Charlotte Priestley  (Epsom Girls' Grammar School)

Georgia Boyce   (Epsom Girls' Grammar School)

Runners-up - Best Lyric

Charlotte Agnew-Harington  ( St Cuthbert's College)

Michelle Grafton  (Hornby High School)

Toni Duder  (Epsom Girls' Grammar School)

Dylan Wharton  (Edgewater College)

Commended entrants - Poem category

In addition to the finalists, 12 entries were commended by the judge of this year's Best Poem category. Read the commended entrants' names.

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2008

Click on the poet's name to download their poems in pdf format.

Winner 2008 - Best Poem
Manon Revuelta
Year 13, Epsom Girls Grammar School

Winner 2008 - Best Lyric
Sonya Clark
Year 12, Karamu High School

Runners-up - Best Poem 2008
Claire Sorrenson (Takapuna Grammar School)
Finn Teppett (Wellington College)
Nalin Samountry (Tamatea High School)
Ish Doney (St Andrews College)
Carlos Carbonatto-Bowkett (Wellington College).

Runners-up - Best Lyric 2008
Saxon Adams (St Andrews College)
Cara Chimirri (Rangi Ruru Girls' School)
Jimmy Garden (Wellington College)
Taylor Hughson (Wellington College)
Jennifer Yeh (St Cuthbert's College).

Commended entrants - Poem category 2008
In addition to the finalists, seven entries were commended by the judge of this year's Best Poem category. Read their names here.

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2007

First place 2007
'Mosaic' by Chloë Nannestad

Recording prize 2007
'The Pact' by Shannyn Boyd

Runners-up 2007
Poems by Michaela Ball, Sue Mun Huang, Laura Lincoln, Zoe Newman, Michael Trigg, Alisha Vara, Sam Wells and Sarah Zydervelt. Read their poems here.

Commended entrants 2007
In addition to the finalists, seven entries were commended by this year's judge. Read their names here.

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2006

First place 2006
'strawberries strung on lines' by Alisha Vara

Runners-up 2006
Poems by Andrew Aitken-Fincham, Lisa Cochrane, Sophia Graham, Chaturika Jayasinghe, Graeme Ninness, Jennifer Niven, Dora Sharpe-Davidson, Sarah Wilks and Lilian Yong. Read their poems here.

Commended entrants 2006
In addition to the finalists, a number of entries were commended by this year's judge. Read their names here.

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2005

First place 2005
'Chain of Fools' by Kirsti Whalen

Runners-up 2005
Poems by Melissa Chen, Jessie Hendy, Russell Kale, Guanting Liu and Selina Powell. Read their poems here.

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2004

First place 2004
'Had I an intelligent dolphin...' by Poppy Haynes

Runners-up 2004
Poems by Melissa Chen, Helen Lyttelton, Shezani Nasoordeen, Meg Ryburn and Arielle Tai. Read their poems here.

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2003

First place 2003
'harriet' by Mia Gaudin

Runners-up 2003
Poems by Catherine Palmer, David Seaman, Sienna Smale-Jackson, Meg Waghorn and Joanna Wang. Read their poems here.

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