The competition is open to all students attending New Zealand schools. Entrants are asked to prepare a poster or written account of the story of an ancestor, relative, or someone personally known to them who served in the armed forces at home or overseas.
Takahe alternates between poetry and short story competitions each year. The Takahe Collective Trust is a non-profit organisation that aims to support emerging and published writers, poets, artists and cultural commentators.
For a single poem in the English language. The winner will receive a cash prize, publication and a trip to Cork, Ireland to read their poem. 2nd place and 10 runners up will be published in Southword Literary Journal and receive publication fees.