Taranaki Secondary School Literary Challenge 2014

Taranaki Secondary School Literary Challenge 2014

(Pictured above; 2012 winners of the Taranaki Secondary School Literary Challenge, Spotswood College, New Plymouth) 

 Taranaki Secondary School

Literary Challenge 


This is an annual challenge held in Hawera each May during the NZ Children's Book Awards festival.

To compete school teams spend three months  reading  the finalist teen and nonfiction books in the year's NZ Post Children's Book Awards.

They then answer questions from five categories: Themes and Ideas, Plot and Strructure, Setting, Who am I and Characterisation. 

Spotswood College teammates were ecstatic in 2012 when they won the Taranaki Secondary School Literary Challenge for the second time.

They held off second placegetters, Sacred Heart Girls College by just four points. In 2011 the tables were turned with Sacred Heart coming in first and Spotswood second. 

Third place went again   to a New Plymouth Girls' High School team.

Fifteen teams entered from the thirteen Taranaki Secondary Schools.

For winning Spotswood College received the  trophy, book vouchers, medals and a selection of teen books.

Sam Ure wins Lysaght-Watt Trust Student Prize

The coveted Student prize, sponsored by the Lysaght-Watt  Trust and valued at $1300 


  • flights to  Wellington
  • announcing the Children's Choice Award winner at the festival
  • accommodation at the Amora Hotel


 (Pictured Sam Ure (right) with School Librarian, Delwyn Pearce)