2016 student essay competition

NZHEA student essay competition 2016

Download the information and entry flyer:  NZHEA student essay competition

This essay competition is open to students from schools who are NZHEA members. It is designed to provide:

  • Students with an opportunity to showcase their Health Education knowledge and understanding at a high level
  • Other students of Health Education with understanding of health and well-being issues relevant to them and their communities, or with relevance nationally or globally
  • Members of NZHEA an opportunity to see high quality Health Education work.

Eligibility criteria:

Any NZ secondary school student whose school is a current NZHEA member. Entries are due by August 31, 2016 and are to be emailed to: nzhea.secretary@gmail.com

Overall requirement:

To critically analyse a situation related to health or well-being, based on learning drawn from Health Education at NZC level 8 (NCEA L3).

The topic for the analysis may be drawn from one major unit of learning or multiple units of learning, provided they are linked and integrated to generate a coherent analysis that shows an in-depth understanding of the four underlying concepts of HPE.

For example:

  • The impact of poverty on the health and well-being of children in NZ
  • The impact of New Zealanders’ ideas about masculinity on the well-being of males
  • Becoming and being an inclusive school that promotes well-being for all students
  • The importance of building cultural connections for well-being
  • Health and well-being of young New Zealanders in the years just after secondary school
  • Addressing teen pregnancy in NZ using Te Pae Mahutonga model of health promotion
  • The potential impacts of genetic technologies on health and well-being
  • The health and well-being of women (or children) in high income (developed), middle income (developing) and low-income (under-developed) countries around the world.

As a guide, the essay will be no more than 3,000 words and should be clearly structured.


First place: $300 and runner up: $150

Terms and conditions:

  • The essay must be one student’s own original work, with acknowledgement of references
  • Feedback will be given to all entries and returned electronically by September 30, 2016
  • The essays for the winner and runner up will be published at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017 in the NZHEA online magazine ‘Hauora Matters’
  • A panel of NZHEA members will judge the entries and the decision of the judges is final
  • Entries will be judged according to the assessment criteria provided (see flyer)
  • Essays will be submitted electronically accompanied with a cover sheet that includes an authenticity statement (see flyer)
  • The judging panel reserves the right not to award winners of the essay competition, if no submissions meet the set assessment criteria.

 NOTE: Aspects of the essay are likely to support NCEA assessment or Scholarship preparation, but in isolation the essay is not expected to meet specific NCEA Achievement Standard requirements (i.e. Success in this essay competition does not indicate/assume success in NCEA assessment).